Canadian Plays by Playwright:
Welcome to the Canadian Plays section where you will find plays published
in English from across Canada and plays in translation from
French Canada. Plays
are listed by playwright, by last name.
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Maxine Bailey & Sharon M. Lewis
Five strong, but different women, come together
for the symbolic act of making soup in this play about tradition,
memories, and the hard truths of life. Co-written by two Caribbean women.
F-5. 61 pp. $13.95.
As the first female Mayor of a major Canadian city,
Charlotte Whitton took her place in history books when she rose
to office as the Mayor
of Ottawa in 1952. Publicly known as an extraordinarily witty and
colourful character who wasn't afraid to interrogate her mostly
male opponents, she
shielded her private life from public view. From the time the two
met at Queen's University, Charlotte Whitton and Margaret Grier's
was born and chronicled over the years through letters to each
Bat Masterson's Last Regular Job
This compelling play depicts the lengths that
an aging hero of the Old West, Bat Masterson, will go to to find
worth and acceptance in turn-of-the-century Manhattan. M-4, F-1. 96 pp. $9.95.
It is Solved by Walking
When Margaret leanrs of the death of her former husband, she recalls their earnest days together as Ph.D. candidates, beginning a journey through her past. Told through the sensations of Wallace Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."
Softcover, 76 pp. $16.95.
Bone Cage is a poetic and darkly humorous portrayal of life in Nova Scotia, where stripping the enviroment means stripping your soul. This play examines how young people in rural communities, employed in the destruction of the enviroment they cherish, treat the people they love at the end of their shift and the difficulties in growing and hanging onto dreams in a world where they are seen as impractical or weak. Softcover, 103 pp. $18.95.
The Room with Five Walls: The Trials of Victor Hoffman
This poetic drama in two acts thrusts an audience inside the
disordered mind of Victor Hiffman several decades after the Peterson
murders. The Room With Five
Walls' strong poetic structure leads us to see what went wrong on the day
of the Shell Lake massacre and shows us a bewildered, lonely, divided man. Beautifully
written, Barclay has shown us a soul sitting judgement on itself. 3M, 1W, Chorus & Others.
Softcover, 118 pp. $16.95.
John Garfield Barlow
Paul, Joseph, and Peter are stranded at Inspiration Point. WIth no one to call and nothing else to do but get high, the boys argue about life on the res and the growing struggle of a community threatened by internal and external assimilationist forces. 4M. Softcover, 130 pp. $16.95.
Carrying the Calf
Four women of different ages and cultural
backgrounds meet in a self-defense class for women. Each of the
women is experiencing a form of violence in her life. After initial mistrust
and misunderstandings, they help each other to move towards a spiritual
as well as physical strength. F-4. 46 pp. $10.95.
Dreary and Izzy
1975, Lethbridge Alberta. When the Monaghan sisters lose their parents in a car accident, Deirdre remains as the sole caregiver to her older sister, Isabelle. Adopted as an infant from the neighbouring Blood Indian Reserve, Isabelle is loving, joyous, and severely affected by fetal alcohol syndrome a time before this disorder had a name. Deirdre is barely staying afloat under the strain of this reality, when hope arrived in the form of a gorgeous vacuum salesman Freddie Seven Horses. Both sisters find in Freddie a new world of unexplored emotions and ideas, where Freddie is a port in a storm. Softcover, 90 pp. $17.95.
Dog Park: The Musical
Jahnna Beechman, Malcolm Hillgartner & Michael Hume
Follow Daisy, the sassy Westie, through her misadventures in the singles scene with Itchy, Champ, and Bogie at the hippest place in town: Central Bark, where every dog has its day and love conquers all. 3m, 1f. Softcover, 69 pp. $12.99.
Presenting the two basic dimensions of Inuit
experience (the natural and the supernatural) Inuk explores, on an
archetypal level, the fundamental human experience of life and death, and
the need to understand and accept our place in nature in order to survive.
Published here, in both English and French. For 5. (or more) actors. 116 pp.
Colours in the Storm
Colours in the Storm is a heartfelt
play with songs that tells the story of one of Canada's best loved painters, Tom
Thompson. This is the story of his love of art, his passion for life, and his mysterious
death. M-3, F-2. 194 pp. $19.95.
After killing his girlfriend and her doctor,
Francois collects the foetal remains of their unborn child and
holes up in a isolated cabin with a born-again Christian named Benoit.
What follows are five days of hell. M-2, F-1. 71 pp. $12.95.
At fifteen, Nils is a sensorial genius. Endowed with overdeveloped taste buds, he becomes a microchip taster for O.B.D. Enterprises. The taste of technology allows him to forget the fearsome flavour of art he bit into as a child. In this world, no trace of humanity is tolerated and all works of art have long since been banished to a sealed vault. But Sasha, their elderly keeper, intends to end this general amnesia. He pushes Nils to discover the taste of love, hoping to breach the hearts and minds that have become hardened to life, its violence, and excess. Softcover, 82 pp. $17.95.
Crime Against Humanity
In an industrialist's office, over the course of two hours, a scene is played
out which will detemine the fate of his company's growth. Wanting to expand his
factory and maximize production -- and create 300 much-needed jobs -- the Industrialist
attempts to buy his neighbour (and employee) Kalr's land. But Kalr isn't easily
convinced and the ensuing negotiations turn sour, potentially destroying the
Industrialist's family unit. Softcover, 60 pp. $16.95.
The Elephant Song
An eminent psychiatrist has vanished from his office. The last person to have
seen him is Michael, a troubled patient obsessed with all things elepahants.
Dr. Greenberg, the hospital director, is determind to question Michael, ignoring
the head nurse's cryptic warnings. Michael speaks of elephants and opera -- with
the occasional hint of murder and foul play. Fraught with mindgames and verbal
tugs-of-war, The Elephant Song is a cat-and-mouse game that
will keep you guessing until its haunting conclusion. M-2, F-1. Softcover, 56
Set in a boarding school, The Execution
is the story of two schoolboys who plot the murder of one of their
classmates, and go on to enact the crime. As a play, it is a study
of innocence, evil, and complicity. 103 pp. $16.95.
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