'da Kink in my hair
Set in a West Indian hair salon in Toronto, 'da Kink in my hair gives
voice to a group of women who tell us their unforgettable, moving and often hilarious
stories. Mixing laughter and tears -- and told in words, music and dance -- the
stories explore the hardship, struggles and joys of black women's lives. F-8.
Softcover, 60 pp. $15.95.
In Gabriel's Kitchen
In Gabriel's Kitchen follows the Montesano family as they attempt to navigate throught the storm of grief and denial, following the suicide of its youngest member; the vibrant Gabriel. The surviving son, Marco, dutifully returns to the childhood home he left after his brother's death, to spend Christmas with his mother and father. Softcover, 108 pp. $19.95.
The Leisure Society
Bringing a child into this frightening world fueled by instant gratification;
wanting to have some time and space for themselves so they can continue to grow
and develop; or dedicating time to deepen the bonds between their friends --
all seem like colossal tasks to Peter and Mary. Even worse, they seem like acts
of resistance against a system that requires everyone to be active, productive,
and consuming. In this dark and thoroughly contemporary comedy, it may too late
for such unthinkable acts of defiance. M-2, F-2. Softcover, 95 pp. $15.95.
Brimming with dark and brittle humour, Fifteen
Seconds is a play about the exploits of a young female advertising copy
writer, her pro-sports-fan ex-boyfriend, a Gen-X welfare-bum loser
and his brother handicapped by cerebral palsy. M-3, F-1. 96 pp. $15.95.
You Fancy Yourself
You Fancy Yourself is the story of a young girl with a vivid imagination and a stunning ability to enrich the lives of everyone she encounters. When Elsa and her family move from Iceland to Scotland, she is filled with uncontrollable joy over the new adventure she is about to begin. With her infectious energy and love for the dramatic, Elsa stands out both in her community and within her classroom, but this exuberance also targets her as an outcast. Only through the faith of a new friend and the strength of her imagination does Elsa find the courage to look inside herself and find pride in who she is and where she came from. Through her vivid characters Maja Ardal depicts Scotland in the 50s as a place of hope and harsh discrimination for immigrants. 1 F. $16.95.
Midnight Sun is situated in Strandvik,
a small community in the north of Iceland in 1942, in the days leading up to Midsummer
Eve, the time when the sun does not set. Set during the occupation of Iceland in
the Second World War, this play is about love and country and release. 98 pp. $13.95.
Simon tries to come to grips with the death
of his ex-lover Bram in this beautifully layered, poetic play about relationships,
the quality of living and the nature of love in a world of cynicism, fear and AIDS.
M-3 79 pp. $12.95.
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner is an abstract relationship between a blind man named Bob,
and the piano he is set to tune. But the piano is more than out
of tune - it is filled with sounds, objects and stories which Bob
must confront if he wants to bring the instrument out of disrepair.
navigates the tragedy of Bob's life, but also works toward his redemption.
Softcover, 60 pp. $14.95.
of a Dog
Polygraph, half-man, half-dog, is the protagonist
in this one act, one man play chronicling a dog's-eye-view of slammed doors, cold
winters, futile paperwork, and abuses of power. M-1 62 pp. $14.95.
The Hats of Mr. Zenobe
In this play for a solo performer,
Mr. Zenobe uses a remarkable succession of hats to tell his heart-wrenching
story of exile,
conscription, internment, and dispossession. Based on the true-life
biography of exiled Armenian Vahan Polandian. M-1 59 pp. $12.95.
A world-renowned and much-respected anthropologist, Vivian is most comfortable in her world of quiet solitude, balking at even the smallest of interactions with the outside world. Her life is abruptly changed, however, when her ex-husband shows up and asks Vivian to reassume custody of their thirteen-year-old autistic daughter, Lucy, while he settles in with his new wife. Overwhelmed by the particulars of Lucy's care and unable at first to connect with her daughter, Vivian soon realizes that she and Lucy are more alike than she ever could have expected -- a revelation that has powerful and disturbing consequences. m2, f3. Softcover, 84 pp. $16.95.
What would you do if your mom suddenly wasn’t your mom anymore? The Driver family struggles to cope with an accident that robs them of a mother, leaving them to care for her as she fights to regain her memory. Touching and powerful, Good Mother examines the ties that hold a family together and the crises that draw them apart. A compelling new drama by one of Canada’s most promising young playwrights.
M-3, F-5 141 pp. $18.95.
As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer's original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope's twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel. Softcover, 82 pp. $16.00.
Leon Aureus & Terry Woo
Banana Boys is a smart, contemporary and wickedly funny play about five young Asian-Canadian men wrestling with issues of race, identity and the death of a friend. It is one story, fragmented into five and reconstructed throughout the course of their lives. Softcover, 93 pp. $17.95.
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