Cecil and Adele Hyndman are completely devoted to each other and their collection
of live birds. They open an avian menagerie in Rural British Columbia, and when
a magnificent golden eagle arrives, an erotic attraction between Cecil, Adele
and the eagle develops into a bizarre love triangle. Softcover, 101 pp. $18.95.
Whylah Falls: The Play
George Elliott Clarke
This highly unconventional play, with songs,
meshes the real and the unreal in an engaging tale of everyday
life in Whylah Falls. M-4, F-4. 112 pp. $14.95.
George Elliott Clarke
Blue is divided into five parts (Black
Eclogues; Red Satires; Gold Sapphics; Blue Elegies; and Ashen Blues) that skillfully
rage into a violet bruise of love and mourning. Collected here are Clarke's urgent
and necessary poems -- poems that burn and illuminate us with their fury, truth and
beauty. 15.7 pp. $19.95.
The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story
Marie Clements & Rita Leistner
The Edward Curtis Project began when Presentation House Theatre commissioned Marie Clements to write a play that would stage the issues raised by Curtis's monumental project to document "the vanishing race of the North American Indian". To parallel the play, Clements asked photojournalist Rita Leistner to create a photographic investigation of Curtis's endeavour. Their collaboration is presented here in a fascinating single volume. Softcover, 159 pp. $24.95.
Copper Thunderbird is a play based on the life of Norval Morrisseau. Captured by the power-lines which Morrisseau boldly defined in his art were the colours he experienced between his Ojibwa cosmology, his life on the street, and his spiritual and philosophical transformations to become the Father of Contemporary Native Art and a Grand Shaman. Softcover, 82 pp. $15.95.
The Unnatural and Accidental Women
Burning Vision unmasks both the great
lies of the imperialist power-elite, and the seemingly small rationalizations and
accommodations people of all cultures construct to make their personal circumstances
yield the greatest benefit to themselves for the least amount of effort or change
on their part. M-6, F-4. 122 pp. $16.95.
DraMetis: Three Metis Plays
Marie Clements, Greg Daniels and Margo Kane
Three plays included in this volume: Percy's
Edge by Greg Daniels, Age of Iron by Marie Clements and Confessions
of an Indian Cowboy by Margo Kane. 309 pp. $19.95.
From the sun-drenched cane fields of Barbados to the sub-zero temperatures of
Winnipeg, follow Libya Atwell, a Bajan immigrant, as she wields acerbic wit and
humour in an attempt to appease the ghosts of her past. Alone in her Winnipeg
nursing home, Libya receives an unexpected visitor from Barbados. Past repression
resurfaces, until the tragedy that shaped her life spills from her soul. A rich
story so vivid with the island, you can see Libya's legs flying through the cane
fields, taste the bakes she's cooked up in her grandmother's cast iron and feel
the swell of the ripe and sticky breadfruit. Softcover, 40 pp. $16.95.
Song of This Place
This is the story of an actress who wants to play Emily Carr,
only to find that the eccentric, cantankerous artist will not let
her. The confrontation, between actress and artist, provides debate
and eventual illumination for the characters. M-3, F-4. Softcover,
67 pp. $15.95.
A riveting drama with music first produced by legendary Nova Scotian company Two Planks and a Passion, this is an epic tale of an orphan who returns home and stands in opposition to his righteous, despotic relatives. 7M 4F. Softcover, 110 pp. $14.95.
A gripping and dramatic compression of the
tragedy surrounding the Donnelly family of Lucan, Ontario.
First produced at the Grand Theatre, London. M-16, F-7 110 pp.
Murderer in the Mirror (Mark of Cain)
A young man and his new wife return to his
summer cottage. His identical twin, a dangerous schizophrenic, breaks
out of the asylum and arrives at the cottage to terrorize them. M-3,
F-2. 69 pp. $13.95.
When The Reaper Calls
Two young rival academics spend a weekend
at a cottage with their wives, one plays a trick on the other to
prove a point, but the trick goes murderously wrong. M-2, F-3. 65
You'll Get Used To It! -- The War Show
A chillingly dramatic and humorously earthy
reflection of the complex experience of the war veterans. M-6, F-2.
75 pp. $13.95.
True Mummy begins with a near drowning and an unwitting reunion between two
former lovers who once crossed a dangerous line together. Running in tandem to
this story is the life and death of an Egyptian Princess who is being prepared
for mummification. What is sacred today? Is any degree of desecration justified
if it is in the persuit of truth and the creation of art? 1M, 3W. Softcover,
91 pp. $14.00.
A tragedy of the Blackburn family set on the
East coast of Canada during a brutal North Atlantic storm. M-5.,
F-2. 141 pp. $17.95.
Tiln & Other Plays
Three short plays by Michael Cook -- Tiln,
Quiller, and Therese's Creed. 111 pp. $16.95.
The Eyes of Heaven
Fifteen-year old Eloise and her mother Glen are struggling mightily to deal with the recent death of the man who was both father and husband. Problems escalate when Eloise returns home from a gravel-pit party with a wild story about a big glowing light that chased her through a field. When the story hits the local newspaper, the whole community gets involved ... and life for Eloise and Glen changes forever. m-1, f-3. Softcover, 85 pp. $14.95.
Excommunicated by her father's successor as Pope, weary of her husband's infidelities,
the infamous Lucrezia Borgia finds passion with Giovanni, a young soldier she
meets while both are in disguise. As war looms, the inexorable law of unintended
consequences reveals a long-buried secret that tests everyone in the play. Sharp,
satiric, full of hot-blooded characters, David Copelin's Bella Donna creates
a dramatic world where religious faith takes surprising forms, lies fuel history,
and gossip might as well be truth. Softcover, 66 pp. $16.95.
When fifteen-year-old Anna is told that her mother is dying of cancer, she responds in the only way that she knows how: by ignoring the issue. Friends and family try to help, but Anna becomes increasingly frustrated by their attempts. And, if that weren't enough, the situation is made even worse by a raging case of head lice. Told by Anna with assistance from her best friend, father, aunt, and her dying mother, Scratch is a fresh, funny, and realistic play about the urgency of life an the heartache of loss. 2m, 4f. Softcover, 81 pp. $16.95.
of Louis Riel
Louis Riel, hanged in 1885.; lunatic or hero?
This play is based on the actual records of the court that tried
him. Read it and see for yourself. 66 pp. $12.95.
One summer, in an old stone fireplace beside her family cottage,
a little girl discovers a letter from a delightfully self-absorbed
fairy princess. Thus begins a poignant friendship between the child,
the princess and an
elderly neighbour, to whom the fairy dictates her letters. From
the acclaimed memoir by the same author. Softcover, 59 pp. $17.95.
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