This award-winning play chronicles the plight of a Jewish actor who finds himself
condemned by his own community for his portrayal of Shakespeare's notorious Jew.
M-1 44 pp. $11.95.
Articles of Faith
A play about the blessing of same sex relationships. M-4, F-1. 43 pp. $10.00.
Witness to a Conga and Other Plays
Three brilliant, moving plays from Canada's master of comic theatre. Also includes The Oculist's Holiday and Happy Toes. Softcover, 210 pp. $19.95.
At the Zenith of the Empire
Inspired by Fallen Empires, At the Zenith of the Empire creates a swirling speculative scenario about the impact of this very special day on the lives of Edmonton's earliest theatre-goers and theatre practitioners. The Divine Sarah Bernhardt herself narrates this sumptuous romp of reminiscence, as the characters visit such local landmarks as Ada Boulevard, the Groat Ravine, newly annexed Strathcona, and the not-quite-completed High Level Bridge. Softcover, 134 pp. $18.95.
A Teatro Trilogy: Shockers Delight! Pith! The Margin of the Sky
This Trilogy of Lemoine's work displays the best of his highly
comedies. With the love of "playing" in theatre as explored in Pith!,
the wistful meditation of Shockers Delight! and the vivid self-exploration
of The Margin of the Sky, Lemoine displays three very contrasting parts
of his talent, yet keeps that focus for which he is known: for creating contemporary
adult fairy tales and juxtaposing the strange and the familiar. Shockers Delight!:
m:2 f:1. Pith!: m:1 f:2. The Margin of the Sky: m:2 f:2. Softcover,
214 pp. $18.95.
Cocktails at Pam's & Evelyn Strange: Two Plays
In the comedy Cocktails at Pam's, Pam assumes the putative role
of the perfect hostess at a cocktail party. M-4, F-7 Evelyn Strange
chronicles the story of a beautiful amnesiac who seeks to rediscover her
identity while unravelling a tangeled web of deceit, murder, and betrayal.
M-2, F-2. 173 pp. $12.95.
The Vile Governess
An Ibsenesque romp set in Vienna where a bourgeois family's world is turned upside
down by the arrival of terrifying governess and a loveable dog. M-2, F-4. 63 pp.
Connie in Egypt
Connie is a government librarian who takes an impulse vacation to Egypt in order
to get rid of unused holiday time. Her adventures include a brush with terrorism,
a chat with the Sphinx, a visit with characters from Death in Venice, and a romantic
interlude in a subterranean tunnel. M-2, F-2. 48 pp. $10.95.
Annette Styx loves trees more than she loved her husband Dennis and probably more
than she loves her kids Sharon and Doug. Her family's grim routine is irrevocably
changed by the visit of an A&W employee with a perchant for manslaughter. M-2,
F-3. 20 pp. $10.95.
The Seven Streams of The River Ota
147 pp. $35.00.
*this title is print on demand.
44 pp. $16.95.
Nathan the Wise
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
This engrossing revival of a serious German classic has a late-Shakespearean
romance kind of plot which makes the argument, both intellectual
and emotional, that what matters is not the label of one's faith
but the quality of one's humanity. Banned by the Nazis, Lessing's
18th-century Nathan The Wise is a passionate plea for religious
tolerance. Translated by Edward Kemp. Chichester Festival 2003. Soulpepper
Theatre Company, Toronto 2004. 6M, 3W. Softcover, 96 pp. $22.95.
The Occupation of Heather Rose
Young, naive and inadequately trained, urban health care/social worker Heather Rose flirts with the pilot as she wings her way north in a bush plane to land in an isolated and remote northern/Native community. Nine months later, utterly disillusioned, she returns to tell her stories to others, illustrating her monologue of despair on a blackboard to an absent colonial authority for which the audience stands in as its silent and complicit witness. Softcover, 62 pp. $16.95.
The ethics of stem-cell research - in particular the creation of cross-species "chimeras," the mixing of genetic material from humans and animals - is a hotly debated topic with political, scientific, moral and spiritual dimensions. While such experiments could hold the key to curing many diseases, to their detractors they conjure up everything from visions of divine retribution to sci-fi nightmares from B-grade horror films. To explore this controversy, Wendy Lill created a chimera of her own: a hybrid play that's part Parliament Hill expose, part examination of the efforts to regulate genetic engineering, Softcover, 96 pp. $15.95.
Memories of You
Based on the romantic and literary entanglements of the late great
Elizabeth Smart, the play explores one woman's passions as she struggles
to be a lover, a mother and a writer. M-1, F-4. 96 pp. $15.95.
Sisters explores the life of a nun who burns down a Native residential school, examining
the cultural infrastructure and values of the white society which created them. M-2,
F-4. 95 pp. $15.95.
All Fall Down
Set in the midst of a sexual abuse case at a daycare centre, the play examines the
roots of intolerance and hysteria, and their effects on love. M-2, F-2. 116 pp. $16.95.
Glace Bay Miners' Museum
Based on the novel by Sheldon Currie. The story of an ill-fated love between
a wandering musician/social idealist and a Cape Breton coal miner's
daughter whose dreams are reawakened by their passion.
M-3, F-2. 126 pp. $16.95.
A hard-driving, social program budget slashing female political aparatchik,
and her husband, a lion of free enterprise, are hell bent on dismantling
their government's social services by replacing them with a privatised human
warehousing system whose track record to date has been the streamlining of
the American prison system. M-4, F-2. 127 pp. $16.95.
The Fighting Days
Set in the 1910's, the play follows Frances Beynon's journey into the Winnipeg feminist
movement, where she eventually clashes with Nellie McClung over pacifism and universal
suffrage. M-1, F-3. 93 pp. $15.95.
The Mystery of Maddy Heisler
Daniel R. Lilliford
Contemplating his next mystery novel, Nova Scotian author Jacob Meisner is forced to revisit his past. Ghostly figures start to flit into sight and long-buried memoreis surface. 4M 3F. Softcover, 82 pp. $16.95.
Where the Blood Mixes
Though torn down years ago, the memories of their Residential School still lives deep inside the hearts of those who spent their childhoods there. For some, like Floyd, the legacy of that trauma has been passed down through families for generations -- in his case, resulting in pain, isolation, and alcoholism. Brutally honest yet irreverently funny, Where the Blood Mixes is a story about loss and redemption. Softcover, 96 pp. $16.95.
Personal visions of transcendence from five people whose jobs keep them grounded.
M-2, F-3. 68 pp. $12.95.
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