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Canadian Plays by Playwright: M

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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Isolated: Two PlaysIsolated: Two Plays
Greg MacArthur
In Get Away, a strange malaise is leaving people listless and apathetic. David escapes to a cabin in the woods, where he discovers two hauntingly beautiful teenagers. Part fairytale and part horrorshow, Get Away is a haunting look at the destructive nature of longing and our desperate need for love. In Recovery, people around the world are addicted to a mysterious susbstance. Following three residents of a recovery facility in Antarctica, Recovery is a subtle and unsettling play of Orwellian proportions about the commodification of fear, the oppression of the individual and the blinding consequences of a medicalized society. Softcover, 156 pp. $17.95.

Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning JulietGoodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Ann-Marie MacDonald
"Clever, pointed and entertaining... this play is one of the wildest and woolliest feminist reappraisals that the theater has seen, and one of the most intellectually ambitious." The Globe and Mail. $17.95.

The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine GirlsThe Attic, the Pearls & Three Fine Girls
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Jayne is a bisexual corporate shark, Jojo is a university professor obsessed with Brecht, and Jelly is an eccentric artist who loves boxes. A romp through the attic in the home of their recently deceased father reminds the Fine sisters of their childhood and forces them to redefine their future together. $12.95.

Nigredo Hotel
Ann-Marie MacDonald
A stressed-out neuro-surgeon goes off the highway in his jaguar and checks into a seedy hotel, deserted but for the bizzare woman who seems to run the joint and seems to know more about him than he knows himself. M-1 (baritone), F-1. (soprano) 22 pp. $10.95.

Clue in the Fast Lane
Ann-Marie MacDonald
A spoof of the Nancy Drew mystery genre. Capable Nancy Prew finds herself drawn into mysterious circumstances as she is jettisoned into the future. M-3, F-3. pp. $15.95.

With Bated Breath With Bated Breath
Bryden MacDonald
This is the provocative tale of Willy, a troubled but charismatic gay kid who flees Cape Breton Island for Montreal with hopes of forgetting a newly broken heart by starting a new life in the big city. There, hopelessly awkward and naive, caught up in the cynical and brutalizing cash-economy of the city's red light district, he retreats ever further into a world of fantasy and anonymity, and soon goes missing without a trace. Softcover, 127 pp. $17.95.

Whale Riding WeatherWhale Riding Weather
Bryden MacDonald
Nominated for the 1994 Governor General's Award for Drama. Lyle took auto into his home. Now Auto brings home Jude. M-3 127 pp. $16.95.


The Weekend HealerThe Weekend Healer
Bryden MacDonald
Lindalou is packing up to return to Cape Breton after visiting her mother for the first time in five years. When Lindalou's 16-year-old son steps out for a pack of cigarettes and doesn't return, she fears the worst. M-1, F-2. 108 pp. $16.95.

Divinity Bash / Nine LivesDivinity Bash / Nine Lives
Bryden MacDonald
This play struts and frets its absurdities on a stage of collapsing and colliding walls; between the hell that is the here and now of the late 20th century and the possibility of a heaven far off at the horizon where the sea meets the sky like the converging pages of an open book. A play for five men, three women, and one hermaphrodite. 128 pp. $16.95.

Florence Gibson MacDonald
Evelyn MacMillam, wife and mother of three, has vanished without a trace. When Detective Carol Seaforth is brought in to investigate, the MacMillan's rural, Southern Ontario town is turned upside down to uncover the truth behind Evelyn's disappearance. As Carol grows closer to Evelyn's husband and withdraws from her own marriage, long-hidden secrets bubble to the surface, eventually bringing the investigation to a diner on the outskirts of London, Ontario. Softcover, 94 pp. $16.95.

Josh MacDonald
Newfoundland: between 1954 and 1975, the Federal and Provincial governments brought about the move of over 300 communities and 30,000 people. Set in a one-room school house during the decisive evening of the community's vote on whether to stay or leave, Josh MacDonald's play is an intriguing homage to Brecht's The Caucasion Chalk Circle. It shows a community's struggle to give up what they hold most dear. Softcover, 96 pp. $15.95.

Josh MacDonald
When an image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Horton's restaurant in Nately, Nova Scotia, life is forever changed. The town's inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life and love with sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious results. M-4, F-3. 127 pp. $16.95.

The Birds
Gwendolyn MacEwen

David Macfarlane
In the age of job insecurity, few have a more tenuous hold on employment than the freelance newspaper writer. Fewer still have bigger egos. In Fishwrap, comedy and anger, defiance and lonely bewilderment are woven together in a monologue that continually bursts beyond the confines of a single character. A writer and his voices mourn the loss of what seems to be everything. M-1 Softcover, 53 pp. $15.95.

Daniel MacIvor

One Voice: House & Here Lies HenryOne Voice: House & Here Lies Henry
Daniel MacIvor
Angry, hilarious, personal and wildly entertaining, House and Here Lies Henry are two of the most celebrated solo works by award winning playwright Daniel MacIvor. Softcover, 89 pp. $16.95.

His GreatnessHis Greatness

Daniel MacIvor
Three men, a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler, find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. This is the story about the nature of life in a created world. 2 F / 3 M. Softcover, 80 pp. $16.95.

I Still Love You: Five Plays by Daniel MacIvorI Still Love You: Five Plays by Daniel MacIvor

Daniel MacIvor
Never Swim Alone is a competition. "If you let it, compassion will kill desire. Especially the desire to be first. And being first, my friends, is the point". The Soldier Dreams is a darkly comic play about life, death and grief. As a young man, David lies dying of AIDS as his family gathers around his bed trying to understand his delirious mutterings. While the living struggle to find the meaning in David's dying words, MacIvor takes the audience inside David's imagination to recapture significant moments in his life. In You Are Here, You are about to meet Alison, who searches her life for meaning. In a series of luminous encounters, we're drawn into Alison's world: love that fades, hopes that die, and enduring friendship that offers the promise of redemption. In On It is a spiralling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work and two men trying to make a play. A world where accidents happen. A story about control. A play that keeps its options open. Softcover, 250 pp. $29.95.

Marion BridgeMarion Bridge

Daniel MacIvor
Three women in their thirties come "home" to Cape Breton to be with their dying mother. Each is trying to reconcile what they have become with what they thought they wanted out of life and with what they thought their parents wanted for them. Nothing, of course, has turned out the way anyone imagined it would. M-1, F-4. Softcover, 127 pp. $18.95.


Daniel MacIvor
In his latest collaboration with Daniel Brooks, MacIvor plays the role of Leonard, who narrates the events leading up to his murder while trying to understand them himself. Through the course of the play, we peer behind the curtains of his neighbourhood as MacIvor plays the multiple characters who bare witness to Leonard's life and death. With an introduction by Daniel Brooks. Softcover, 80 pp. $15.95.

In On ItIn On It
Daniel MacIvor
A spiralling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work and two men trying to make a play. " addition to being immensely entertaining, it also happens to challenge our perceptions of reality, identity and evanescence of existence." -- Philadelphia Inquirer. $12.95.

The Soldier DreamsThe Soldier Dreams
Daniel MacIvor
A play about love and death, family and meaning. Winner of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. " Daniel MacIvor's plays have been labeled everything from postmodern to metatheatrical, but these are cold terms that do nothing to capture the warm, accessible soul of a writer whose honesty and compassion for both audiences and his characters is at the heart of all his work, including The Soldier Dreams." -- Variety. $12.95.

House HumansHouse Humans
Daniel MacIvor
Winner of the 1991 Chalmers Canadian Play Award, House centres around Victor and his short takes on the walking wounded that illustrate man's inhumanity to himself. $13.95.

Here Lies HenryHere Lies Henry
Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
A man alone in a room with a mission to tell you something you don't already know. "A dazzling impressive combination of off-the-wall contemplation, mordant wit, and razor-sharp timing." -- The Independent, London, UK. $12.95.

Never Swim Alone & This Is A PlayNever Swim Alone & This Is A Play
Daniel MacIvor
Two from MacIvor, one a competition and the other a play about a play. $15.95.

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The Good EggThe Good Egg
Michael Lewis MacLennan
They're the ultimate downtown couple -- attractive, smart and successful. They have everything they could ever want, except a child. When problems with contraception arise, they feel like they've found a perfect solution in a handsome young art model. As this unlikely trio grows more intimate, secret agendas surface and threaten to destroy not only their hasty deal, but everything they've so carefully built for themselves. M-2, F-1. Softcover, $16.95.

Life After God: The PlayLife After God: The Play

Michael Lewis MacLennan
Adapted from the short story by Douglas Coupland, Life After God centres around the sensitive, eccentric Scout. It tells the story of six friends who went to high school together, and how their lives unravel fifteen years later as they face the challenges and disillusionment of adulthood. At turns both funny and moving, Life After God is a freewheeling, theatrically spectacular examination of our quest for transcendence. Softcover, 68 pp. $16.95.

The Shooting StageThe Shooting Stage
Michael Lewis MacLennan
20 years ago, Len took a photograph. Now, that nude portrait has re-surfaced in an obscenity trial, and Len's childhood friend Malcolm re-enters his life to confront him. A brilliant new play from the author of Grace, and Beat The Sunset. Softcover, $15.95.

Last RomanticsLast Romantics
Micheal Lewis MacLennan
Inspired by long-forgotten British artists Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, Last Romantics travels from the drawing rooms of fin-de-siecle London with Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley, to Mackenzie King's Canada on the eve of the Great Depression. M-5, F-3. Softcover, 115 pp. $17.95.

Homechild Homechild
Joan MacLeod
Alistair is a retired farmmer who lives with his sister-in-law Flora and son Ewan on their family homestead. No longer a viable enterprise, the fields have long been leased out and the house is in serious disrepair. The scattered remnants of the family are gathering for a shaky reunion that soon turns acrimonious. Alistair suffers a stroke and his illness finally releases the memory of a secret that he had buried deep within himself years ago. He longs for Katie, the younger sister he was forced to leave behind in Scotland when he came to Canada in 1922 as a 'home child.' This is a play about family secrets and the many forms of love, loss, longing and aspiration they conceal. It takes a piece of history from a dark corner of our country's past and dramatizes its tragic impact through the generations of one family. Softcover, 125 pp. $16.95.

The Shape of a GirlThe Shape of a Girl
Joan MacLeod

In an imaginary letter to an absent older brother, Braidie struggles to understand the torture and killing of a teenage girl by a group of her school-mates. MacLeod's young protagonist enters all the bright open avenues of peer-group play and the dark blind alleys of individual and collective terror, as she discovers within herself both the capacity for and the conflict between impulses of good and evil. In thinking back on the history of her own tight-knit group of friends, she begins to see how in the excitement of belonging to a ritualized, secret collective, the self is created by the increasing dehumanization of the otherìof both the bully and the victim. The Shape of a Girl goes far beyond a simple dramatization of the seemingly inexplicable code of silence and tacit complicity which surrounded the sensationalized Reena Virk murder in 1997 on which the play is based. It speaks eloquently and compassionately to a world increasingly dominated by all forms of collectivised and ritualized tribalist hatred, and offers the embrace of trust as the only way out of this circle of violence. $16.95.

Jason Maghanoy
Two plays about the war in Iraq by one of Canada's hottest up-and-coming playwrights. Gas tracks two stories of soldiers dealing with the trauma of their actions during war, and Dust, set in Abu Ghraib prison, deals with the ever intertwining themes of love and torture. Softcover, 102 pp. $14.95.

This Night the KapoThis Night the Kapo
Robert Majzels
After ten years of failed struggle as a political and union activist, David Hellman has come home in defeat and humiliation. His older brother Benny, who stayed home and dedicated himself to building a successful business, is all that remains of the family. The two brothers quickly conflict over their opposing world views. When the spirit of their dead father is raised, Benny and David engage in an exhausting battle over the truth of his life. M-3. Softcover, 72 pp. $15.95.

La SangouineLa Sangouine
Antonine Maillet
The single character is that of La Sangouine, the washerwoman, who fills the stage with the voice of poverty, and of pride. Straight from the heart of Acadian New Brunswick, she is the embodiment of her world, and yet touches the hearts and souls of readers and audiences from all walks of life. F-1. 183 pp. $14.99.

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily CarrThe Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr
Jovette Marchessault
Emily Carr lived in a magical place that she had christened The House of All Sorts. There she received visitors -- her sister, her Amerindian friend, Lawren Harris, the Soul Turner, and D'Sonoqua, the Goddess-Mother. M-1, F-3. 104 pp. $16.95.

Saga of the Wet HensSaga of the Wet Hens
Jovette Marchessault
Four Quebec women writers meet at the centre of a fabulous vortex. F-4. 134 pp. $16.95.

The GullThe Gull
Daphne Marlatt
Set in 1950, this play is situated at the historical moment when wartime restrictions on interned Japanese Canadians have been lifted, finally allowing them to return to the coast. The Gull dramatizes the historical link between the fishing town of Stevenson, home to many of these first, second, and third generation Japanese Canadians, and Mio, the coastal village in Wakayama from which many of their families originally emigrated. Winner of the prestigious 2008 Uchimura Naoya Prize and published here in a bilingual edition, The Gull is the first Canadian play staged in the ancient tradition of Japanese Noh. Softcover, 74 pp. $17.95.

Illegal EntryIllegal Entry
Clem Martini
Three teens living together in a group home for young offenders go AWOL, equipped with nothing but a garage opener and a plan. The plan is that they'll break into the garage and then the house. However, once they get into the garage, they find that getting out is much more difficult than they had anticipated. M-3. 79 pp. $14.95.

The Oxford Roof Climber's RebellionThe Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion
Stephen Massicotte
Two heroes return home from the First World War. Lawrence of Arabia is a leader without an army. Robert Graves is a poet who can't forget. Suffering the aftermath of the war and forseeing the dawning of new ones, the Oxford Roof Climbers, the Benevolent Order of, lay siege to a sleepy university town. A stand against stands, a dare to end all daring; the two haunted men - armed with a talent for practical jokes - grasp at love and dare to imagine a new world. Softcover, 63 pp. $16.95.

Mary's WeddingMary's Wedding
Stephen Massicotte
When Mary and Charlie, filled with passion, vulnerability and impulsiveness of youth, unexpectedly find one another sheltering in a barn during a thunderstorm, a tentative love is born. But the year is 1914, and Mary and Charlie must surrender their love and their fate to the uncertainties of their tumultuous times. M-1, F-1. 67 pp. $16.95.

The Aberhart SummerThe Aberhart Summer
Conni Massing
A murder mystery set in dirty '30s Alberta, against the backdrop of William Aberhart's burgeoning Social Credit movement. Adapted from the 1984 novel by Bruce Allen Powe. M-8, F-3. 94 pp. $13.95.

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Running on Frozen Air An Affair of the Heart
Gordon McCall
Six men and women face life and death challenges in their attempt to win one of the toughest dog sled races in the world -- the Yukon Quest. M-3, F-3. 70 pp. $11.50.

All Restaurant Fires Are ArsonAll Restaurant Fires Are Arson
Bruce McManus
All Restaurant Fires Are Arson is a dark and comic look at our relationship with our own mortality, and with each other, as we struggle to face the inveitable. Tom, an ex-cop in his fifties, and Ron, a philandering priest, have been friends since grad school. Tanya, the most beautiful girl in school, has always resented the attention that came her way. For Ron, Tanya and Tom the past is always present and the end of their future seems all too close. Softcover, 118 pp. $15.95.

The Fly Fisher's CompanionThe Fly Fisher's Companion
Michael Melski
The Fly Fisher's Companion is a hilarious, heartfelt journey into the lives of two men on their last fishing trip together. It's a trip through decades, into ritual memory and imagination, and into a relationship that has all the turbulent beauty and gentle grace of a highland stream. Softcover, 65 pp. $16.95.

Michael Melski
Set on a mountain, near an anonymous village along the Trans-Canada highway, Caribou is a stark, unrelenting character study of two hunters: Louis, a construction worker and his mentally retarded brother-in-law Duncan. M-2. Softcover, 58 pp. $14.95.

Goodnight DisgraceGoodnight Disgrace
Michael Mercer
From his wheelchair in a nursing home, the aging Conrad Aiken recalls his long, strong relations with Malcolm Lowry. M-4, F-3. 115 pp. $16.95.

John Mighton

Half LifeHalf Life
John Mighton
Best New Play 2005 - Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Two nursing home residents, both in their 80s, meet and fall in love, rekindling what might have been a wartime romance. Had they previously met somewhere else under different circumstances? Why is their love so troubling to their children? The award-winning author of Possible Worlds brings us this poetic and moving meditation on identity, aging and the nature of memory. M-3, F-4. $15.95.

Winner of the 1992 Chalmers Award and the 1992 Dora Mavor Moore Award. M-6, F-1A Short History of Night
John Mighton
A Short History of Night charts the strange origins of contemporary science through two of the Renaissance's most unusual figures--mercurial, ambitious Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and meticulous, idealistic geometrician and Christian mystic Kepler. As religious wars and witch hunts rage outside the castle walls, an unlikely band of alchemists astrologers vie to unlock the secrets of the cosmos. Based loosely on the life of 16th-century astronomer, astrologer and mathematician Johannes Kepler, the play draws disturbing parallels between mediaeval and modern thought. Winner of the 1992 Chalmers Award and the 1992 Dora Mavor Moore Award. M-6, F-1. $15.95.


In the Freedom of DreamsIn the Freedom of Dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela
Michael A. Miller
Dreams guide you, delude you, and sometimes the belief in a dream can set a man and a nation free. In the Freedom of Dreams not only illuminates Nelson Mandela's public role as a freedom fighter for his people, it speaks about his love affair with justice and to the cause, and how this affair of the heart affected the dreams of the people around him. Softcover, 67 pp. $14.95.

Rick Miller

Bigger Than JesusBigger Than Jesus
Rick Miller & Daniel Brooks
Weaving together the Catholic liturgy, the gospels, and good old-fashioned Bible-thumpin', Bigger Than Jesus is a funny and poignant one-man, multi-media mass, that questions the mysteries of life and the thorny crown of Christianity. This hugely popular play was the winner of three Dora Mavor Moore awards. Softcover, 63 pp. $14.95.

Home ComingHome Coming
Leeann Minogue
When Jerry Wilson's broken leg spurs him and his wife Marlene to retire a little earlier than expected, their son Greg comes back from the city to take over the family farm. But everyone soon discovers that retirement isn't quite as idyllic as it looks in the commercials. m-2, f-3. Softcover, 108 pp. $14.95.

Cruel TearsCruel Tears
Ken Mitchell
Based on Othello, this "country opera" -- the play is written in the idiom of country & western music -- looks at the loves and rivalries of Saskatchewan truck drivers. M-8, F-3., chorus 143 pp. $17.95.

The Devil Is a Travelling ManThe Devil Is a Travelling Man: Two Plays by W.O. Mitchell
W.O. Mitchell
The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon is a whimsical take on the Faust legend with a distinctly Canadian flavour, and The Devil's Instrument depicts a Hutterite teenager struggling with conformity in a puritan society. Presented with an introduction by his son and daughter-in-law, Orm and Barbara Mitchell, this collection provides humour, sobriety, and wonderful storytelling with a dash of the infernal. Softcover, $19.95.

The Plum Tree The Plum Tree
Mitch Miyagawa
Nominated for two Betty Mitchell Awards, The Plum Tree revisits the issue of Japanese- Canadian internment with compassion and with gentleness and sympathy. This play is an exploration of ownership and justice, but most of all, it's a story of how the perennial re-seeding of history affects every generation. 2M, 1W. Softcover, 65 pp. $15.95.

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Princess Pocahontas & The Blue SpotsPrincess Pocahontas & The Blue Spots
Monique Mojica
An angry, humourous and loving search for the truth behind the myth and legend of the Indian Princess. Two plays by Monique Mojica. 85 pp. $14.95.

Toronto the Good Toronto the Good
Andrew Moodie
Accusations of racial profiling are leveled against a Toronto police officer after she arrests a black man for illegal firearm possession. When top crown attorney Thomas Matthews is assigned to prosecute the accused against a left-leaning white attorney, tensions mount and personal politics bubble to the surface. From an ostensibly routine traffic stop, each character must come to terms with the racial politics and how they have shaped their own beliefs and prejustices. 6 actors, multiple roles. Softcover, 120 pp. $17.95.

The Real McCoyThe Real McCoy
Andrew Moodie
Andrew Moodie's latest play tells the biography of the inventor Elijah McCoy (1843-1929), whose name became a byword for quality, as in "the real McCoy." Born in Canada to runaway American slaves, McCoy showed so much promise in school that he won a scholarship to study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University. McCoy moved to the US, where no one believed a Black man could be an engineer and so he was set to stoking boilers. Nevertheless, McCoy devised a solution to one of the greatest problems facing steam locomotion that was sold worldwide with the marketers' proviso that McCoy's race be concealed. Softcover, 118 pp. $17.95.

A Common Man's Guide To Loving WomenA Common Man's Guide To Loving Women
Andrew Moodie
Just as the stag party is about to begin, the bride cancels the wedding. Chris, the jilted fiancee, is walking wounded, but as his three buddies attempt consolation we discover that they too are relationship challenged. The result: four guys sit around and talk about sex, love, women and the meaning of life. M-4 72 pp. $12.95.

The Lady SmithThe Lady Smith
Andrew Moodie
From the playwright of A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women, comes this claustrophobic drama, set in the black community of Toronto's Bloor and Bathurst neighbourhood, which challenges the distance between deception and redemption. M-1, F-3. 71 pp. $14.95.


Six Plays by Mavor MooreSix Plays by Mavor Moore
Mavor Moore
Here is a collection intended to showcase Mavor Moore's dramatic talent -- these are theatre pieces stripped to the bare essentials. Included in this anthology are: The Apology, The Store, The Pile, Getting In, The Argument, and Come Away, Come Away. 205 pp. $19.95.

Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence & Mary Francis Moore
Bittergirl charts the break-ups of three women -- one single and dating, one co-habiting, and one married with a child. Following the women as they experience, heartbreak, hilarity, tequila, mounties, love, honour, car-keying, and fairy-tales gone wrong, this theatrical phenomenon had three sold-out runs in Toronto, toured to London, England, and played off-Broadway in NYC. This new, full-length version of the script has even more bittergirl wit and hard-won wisdom. Softcover, 67 pp. $14.95.

The Anger in Ernest and ErnestineThe Anger in Ernest and Ernestine
Robert Morgan & Martha Ross
Ernest and Ernestine live in a perfectly ordered world until cracks appear in the veneer. Repressed anger rears its ugly head and the couple's efforts to maintain order and affection range from comic to tragic. Softcover, 54 pp. $16.95.

Dora: A Case Of Hysteria
Kim Morrissey
A feminist play about Freud and his famous patient. 39 pp. $16.95.

The Russian Play & Other Short WorksThe Russian Play & Other Short Works
Hannah Moscovitch
Four short plays by one of Canada's exciting new theatre voices. In The Russian Play, the flower-shop girl tells the story of her love for the gravedigger. Essay casts a teaching assistant in the shadow of his professor as they argue the merits of a female student's paper. In USSR, a young woman relates her journey to Canada from Russia, and Mexico City follows Henry and Alice on their vacation in 1960. These four plays bring each character to life in full colour, jumping off the page before you and onto the stage. Softcover, 100 pp. $18.95.

Daniel David Moses
Who was that woman we saw riding the Crazy Horse space shuttle last night, riding it right into orbit -- and the obituaries? An Indian Princess? A New Age Shamaness? Or just little Babe Fisher? Even her family isn't sure anymore. Award-winning First Nations playwright Daniel David Moses creates a darkly comic, consistently theatrical fantasia about the ways we communicate and the future of Native identity in the Global Village. Softcover, 138 pp. $19.95.

Almighty Voice and His WifeAlmighty Voice and His Wife
Daniel David Moses
A young couple woo and wed, but they're Cree and it's 1895, the first generation after the Riel Rebellion, and it's suddenly hard for the people who followed the buffalo to live happily ever after. What are they going to do? It's still a bit early to go into show business... $15.95.

The Indian Medicine ShowsThe Indian Medicine Shows
Daniel David Moses
In these linked plays, Daniel David Moses, the prize-winning playwright and a "registered Indian," explores the "frontier" and discovers that the human face of the old West was more than cowboys and Indians.

Big Buck CityBig Buck City
Daniel David Moses
In this dark comedy, a house is possessed by the Spirit of the Winter season, but for the Bucks it does not look like Christmas. In Big Buck City Canadian native playwright, Daniel David Moses, skewers salvation, family, greed and even plumbing -- all of which come together (or is it apart?) as the Bucks seek to become upwardly mobile in the city. M-2, F-4. 112 pp. $17.95.

Brebeuf's Ghost
Daniel David Moses
1649 brings bad news to Lake Nipissing -- the Iroquois are on the warpath, killing Christians at Sainte Marie. Guess who's going to be next? The shaman's worried about cannibals, the Black Robe, and the fires of hell. M-11, F-5. 141 pp. $22.95.

Wajdi Mouawad
Part three of Wajdi Mouawad's dramatic quartet follows in the tradition of Tideline (Littoral) and Scorched (Incendies) as a heartbreaking journey through identity, family, and tragedy. In Forests a woman, Loup, courageously battles with the chain of abandoned childhoods that appear to be the fate of her tragic bloodline. Softcover, 156 pp. $18.95.

Wajdi Mouawad
A young man enters a hotel room and spends a sleepless night, jotting words down on paper, the prelude, perhaps, to a novel in the making. Haunted by his imagination and by the characters who appear to himm, the writer, slowly but surely, will recognize someone who will complete this world: the Hotelkeeper, a woman who has never been haunted by such questions, but who has suddenly become a victim of fate. Softcover, 60 pp. $16.95.

Wadji Mouawad
Continuing his quest for sense and beauty. Wajdi Mouawad has plunged into the turbulent depths of writing to discover, washed up midst the sand dunes, fiery tales lost in the mists of time. Making there way through the sand dunes are Nawal's twin children, Janine and Simon, who want to solve the mystery of their orgins. In retracing the bitter history of their mother, other characters come into the story -- witnesses or key players able to assist the investigation. Carried aloft by poetic language, the inquiry pursued by Janine and Simon unfolds in a dreamlike atmosphere that cultivates the mystery surrounding a knife thrust into the heart of childhood. Softcover, 83 pp. $17.95.

Wajdi Mouawad
In this dazzling play for a solo performer, Wajdi Mouawad has imagined a meeting between the grown-up Alphonse and the child Alphonse on a journey that provokes reflection on the loss of freedom and imagination for the sake of reason. Softcover, 47 pp. $13.95.


Wajdi Mouawad
Wajdi Mouawad's Littoral (Tideline) won the Governor General's Literary Award, French Category, in 2000. Softcover, 166 pp. $20.95.


Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons'Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons'
Wajdi Mouawad
"Why is the war so beautiful? Why can't I take my eyes off it? These fireworks! It's so enthralling mama, I'm kneeling, wide awake, at the open window, enraptured by the horror! Oh, it's so hard to keep my eyes closed! It's all so beautiful. Down below buildings are crumbling: the city is falling to its knees, there are fires dancing in the middle of the storm, bombs on the palms; a tree is exploding!"
-- "Nelly" in Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons'
Translated by Shelly Tepperman. 99 pp. $15.95.

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Relatively HarmlessRelatively Harmless
Jenny Munday
A darkly funny, touching play about life, death, and the way in which a father's stroke paralyzes an entire family. The patriarch of the Nightshade family, "the General," has suffered a stroke. Relatively Harmless portrays the challenges of a man who is an invalid, through both his eyes and the eyes of his family of caregivers. His illness reveals fissures in the family, past and present. Softcover, 92 pp. $17.95.

Emphysema: A Love StoryEmphysema: A Love Story
Janet Munsil
In 1978, bad-boy British theatre critic Kenneth Tynan interviews his screen idol -- the silent film siren Louise Brooks -- now 71 and living in Rochester, NY. Their meetings form a kind of romance between two sensualists, overseen by the spirit of the amoral Lulu, Brooks' greatest screen creation. M-1, F-2. 69 pp. $14.95.

The December ManThe December Man (L'homme de decembre)
Colleen Murphy
In the aftermath of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoit and Kathleen do everything they can to help their beloved son cope with his guilt and rage. Softcover, 61 pp. $16.95.


The PiperThe Piper
Colleen Murphy
Beneath the theatrical merriment of this boisterous comic-tragedy lies an astute meditation on a self-destructing society and the anguish of children clinging to the notion of unconditional love. M-15, F-8. Softcover, 103 pp. $16.95.

John Murrell
July, 1863. The American Civil War rages as Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson meet beside a pond in the woods outside Washington, D.C. A challenging examination of human nature and the nature of war. M-4 5.9 pp. $12.95.


The Faraway NearbyThe Faraway Nearby
John Murrell
This play explores the relationship between Georgia O'Keefe and Juan Hamilton, a young artist and handyman who befriends her and becomes the eyes for the almost blind artist, and the cushion between her and the outside world. M-1, F-1. 5.9 pp. $14.95.

Waiting for the ParadeWaiting for the Parade
John Murrell
Set in Calgary during WWII, five women gather to work for the war effort while their men are away. Tragedy and humour interweave as each of them copes with the impingement of war on their daily life. F-5. 101 pp. $16.95.

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