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
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August: An Afternoon in the Country
Jean Marc Dalpe
A hot August afternoon. The third day of a stifling late summer heat wave. An old family farm where four generations still live under the same roof. Monique has driven out from the city with her new fiance, and a special dinner is being prepared to celebrate their upcoming wedding. But nothing is what it seems, and despite lazy, rambling conversations on the verandah and the comings and goings of a large household, cracks begin to appear and tensions mount, leading to a startling, explosive end to the afternoon. A taut family drama that chronicles the end of a way of life. Softcover, 91 pp. $17.95.
In the Eyes of Stone Dogs
Daniel Danis's homage to Aeschylus, the "father of tragedy," is set
on an imaginary island in the St. Lawrence River. The eccentric islanders are
about to join in the outdoor "rages" -- a wild Bacchanalia where the
participants, under the influence of his potions, lose all vestiges of their
civility and abandon themselves to the elemental forces of life and death. M-4,
F-5. Softcover, 94 pp. $15.95.
The story of a woman sent away from her family, by her brother the Bishop,
after she is found exploring her sexuality at age seventeen. In a
series of twenty-four "snapshots," That Woman is a devastating allegory
where voyeurism, fantasy, masturbation, seduction, violence and loss
are revealed in fugue-like monologues by the three characters present
on stage. 90 pp. $13.95.
Song of the Say-Sayer
Recently remounted as a One Yellow Rabbit production under the title "Thunder
Struck", this play is about four orphaned siblings who struggle to stay together
and take care of each other, after their golden-voiced sister, just returned from
the big city, develops a brain aneurysm and becomes mysteriously comatose. Softcover,
Fortune My Foe & Eros For Breakfast: Two Plays
Fortune, My Foe tells the story of
a recent immigrant and two professors of literature who try to find support for an
artistic project, but meet incomprehension and indifference from smug middle-class
Canadians. M-7, F-3. Eros at Breakfast explores first love, and how
it affects the "inner male" -- a decidedly different viewpoint!
M-4, F-1. 126 pp. $14.99 .
Hunting Stuart & The Voice of the People:
Hunting Stuart is a delightful comedy
that punctures the pretensions of middle-class Canadians, chiding our conservatism
and desire to "just be ordinary." M-3, F-4. The Voice of the People
is a one-act play particularly beloved of newpapermen. Outraged by an imagined slight
to barbers in a letter to the editor, Shorty decides to write a rebuttal, and produces
a gem of overwrought bombast. M-2, F-2. 126 pp. $14.99.
Labrador: a one-person show
A performer who has storytelling down to a fine art gives us a funny and smart
at one of Canada's least known areas in the one-person show Labrador.
With a love of the peculiar and an eye for unexpected beauty, TJ Dawe riffs on
from how bread was invented to how "schedule" needs to be pronounced
a "k" sound. And, of course, how he went to Labrador. Softcover, 67
The Slip-Knot: a one-person show
By turns brilliantly funny and unnervingly surreal, The
Slip-Knot is a spellbinding comic monologue unlike any other.
In this one-person show, Dawe mans a giant truck, becomes the
unhelpful voice on the other end of the phone line, and takes
stock of euphemisms
while he stocks shelves in a drugstore. With wise observations
on long-distance relationships, the history of Santa Claus, recreational
Gravol, and why you should never mail meat, The Slip-Knot is
an explosion of fine storytelling and imagination. Softcover,
86 pp. $14.95.
Unsatisfied with her meagre government pension, 80-year-old Esmerelda Quipp resorts to a desperate (and hilarious) plan to get her sent to a place where she can be guaranteed food, shelter, and good company -- jail. However all does not go as planned when the perfectly lucid senior citizen finds her public defendor trying to get her off with an insanity plea. 1m, 7f. Softcover, 84 pp. $11.99.
Deverell of the Globe
A collection of 4 plays, including Afternoon of the BigGame, Beyond
Boiler Room Suite, and Quartet for 3 Actors. Softcover, $14.95.
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