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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This unique collection brings together Reaney's first play, One-man Masque (1958),
as well as his latest, Gentle Rain Food Co-op (1997). Softcover, 68 pp.
Based on the actual Irish family who immigrated to Biddulph Township near London,
Ontario, in 1844, The Donnellys is a story of a secret society and a massacre
that shocked the Canadian public. Published in this volume are all three installments
of The Donnellys trilogy: Sticks and Stones, The
St. Nicholas Hotel, and Handcuffs.
362 pp. $18.95.
Colours in the Dark
Set in a magical place, a series of images, poems and memories evoke the terrors
and delights of childhood. M-3, F-3., children, chorus 130 pp. $17.95.
Listen to the Wind
In a Perth County farmhouse during the thirties, a boy and his friends
decide to spend the summer putting on plays, including an adaptation
of a Victorian novel. Two stories unfold, intertwine and illuminate each other.
M-5., F-5., extras 142 pp. $17.95.
James C.H. Reaney
Cervais McTavish sees the poltergeists who assail him in his house in the woods not
as outside forces of evil but as emanations from his own disclaimed past. M-6, F-5.
119 pp. $3.95.
In Bordertown Cafe, young Jimmy faces a dilemma: embrace
the powerfully encoded Western hero of American popular myth, embodied
by his father, or engage the task of building a different identity,
embodied by his mother and her family. M-2, F-2. Softcover, 126
Goodness is a morality play for the modern age, a Russian doll of concentric
tales that dance with notions of responsibility and memory, that pose difficult
questions like "Why do good people rush to do evil?" and "What
would you have done?" And as its six characters circle this tangled story
about the grey shades of good and evil, they are forced to consider the power
of story -- over those who live it, those who tell it and those who hear it.
M-3, F-3 S. Softcover, 107 pp. $16.95.
Nominated for a 2001 Governor General's Award for Literature, this
play, which premiered in December 2000, is set in Toronto on New Year's Eve
1899. Representing the various
strata of Toronto society of the day, the characters devise and perform "parlor
games" and songs as the new century approaches with it's inevitable surprises.
One Good Marriage
Steph and Stewart are celebrating their first anniversary; however, rather that
being a time of happiness, the occasion brings terrible sorrow. Blackly hilarious
and deeply moving, this vivid two-hander moves from pathos to humour and back
again as a tragic story is revealed, and the need for community is expressed.
M-1, F-1. Softcover, 71 pp. $12.95.
Flying on Her Own
A musical about the life of Canadian singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. Softcover, 73 pp. $16.95.
Penny and Ezra Lamb are home-schooled on a hippie colony until the police discover it also happens to be the largest marijuana grow-op in Saskatchewan. Legoland is how their pot-smoking elders always described the outside world, and the Lamb siblings are dying to get there. The Lambs end up running away from school on a bus tour of the Wal-Marts and McDonald's of the continent, financing their trip by selling the Paxil and Ritalin they've been prescribed. Softcover, 71 pp. $16.95.
The Anglophone is Coming to Dinner
With a backdrop of the Lone Star and the Fleur-de-Lys flags, Jim Bob Baker introduces
himself and his troupw, The Lubbock Little Theatre, who have come all the way
from Texas to perform for a Canadian audience. Colliding worlds of culture and
language are served up Texas style in this social satire of a Quebecois family
playing host to a bewildered, Ontario-born English professor. Softcover, 77 pp.
After twenty-five years of marriage, the emergence of love handles and receding hairlines, Alice and Henry have hit a physical plateau. With a Sex for Dummies guidebook in hand, Alice convinces Henry into a weekend of alone time in the hopes of seducing him and unearthing her inner vixen. Henry, however, wants to keep things the way they are -- comfortable and easy. Exploring every fantasy, from leather to lace, Alice and Henry portray every couple's desire to grow together but maintain individuality. Softcover, 56 pp. $16.95.
A white Canadian cop is married to a young Muslim doctor, who happens to be a suspect in a terrorism investigation. She has a lot to confess. So does he. Murder, betrayal, politics.... a love story. 1M 1F. Softcover, 50 pp. $14.95.
Bite the Hand
When Peter and Steve--a theatre critic and a playwright--go on a road trip from Saskatchewan to Sudbury, you just know that they're going to hit some bumps along the way... Softcover, 80 pp. $14.95.
The Heart As It Lived
82 pp. $13.95.
Rock 'n Rail Ghost Trains and Splitting Slag
A rare combination and tour de force, Mansel Robinson's Rock 'n Rail: Ghost Trains
and Splitting Slag is a double-whammy of poetry and theatre. The plays
are in the voices of the workingman: to the tradition of Billy Bishop Goes to War,
add poetry, politics and pathos. 115 pp. $15.95.
Street Wheat is a drama of drought and despair, of agribusiness and agripolitics.
And it is a drama of farmers against the system, against nature . . . and sometimes
against each other. M-5., F-2. 110 pp. $12.95.
Evan and Dawn are getting to know each other; as a young Native man, Evan is unsure
how to approach dating a "middle-class" white woman. The "gap"
he perceives, real or otherwise, between his culture, his politics, and his lifestyle,
and Dawn's, continues to widen, preventing them both from moving forward. The two
young lovers struggle not so much to keep the balance as to find it. M-4, F-2. 109
Joe from Winnipeg
Phenomenally successful since they first aired on CBC Radio, this series of commentaries
reflect a compassionate and curious Everyman. Joe delves into some of the most pressing
social issues, sharing his ponderings on the federal budget, Christmas cake, the
stock market, verb-nouns, Native land claims, art, the Manitoba Flood, even the 'Lympics.
119 pp. $14.95.
The Book of Joe
In this second collection of Joe from Winnipeg stories, Ross delves into such pressing
social issues as moose on the road, immunization, peekaboo, dogs wearing nail polish,
odometer checks and, naturally, the new millenium. 111 pp. $12.95.
It's getting tense on the Partridge Crop Reserve. The Chief is in
Las Vegas (again), the band is in receivership, and the Reserve is
unilaterally declaring self-government. As if things weren't bad enough already,
the welfare cheques don't arrive and the people of this fictional First Nation
are forced to take control of their lives. M-4, F-2. 96 pp. $14.95.
And Up They Flew
At an English country house in 1936, a group of eccentric characters spend a weekend together. As the weekend progesses, events spiral out of control. Lyrical, luminous, funny and wonderfully theatrical, And Up They Flew is a serious comedy about the tensions of the 20th century.
M-3, F-4. Softcover, 84 pp. $14.95.
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