Based on the true story of two sceintists in !920s Russia assigned with the impossible task of making Vladimir Lenin live forever, this is a darkly hilarious and fiercely original play. 7M 1F. Softcover, 120 pp. $16.95.
This newly released anthology contains two of Thiessen's earlier plays: Apple and Blowfish. Softcover, $18.95.
France. 1917. Aided by a nurse from Nova Scotia, four wounded Canadian soldiers recover in a field hospital in the wake of the battle for Vimy Ridge. Governor General's Literary Award winner Vern Thiessen explores how a nation's defining moment is reflected in the lives of everyday people, their hopes and their dreams. Softcover, 81 pp. $17.95.
Courier and Other Plays
Four one-act plays which span Thiessen's career from 1987 to 2005, The
Courier and Other Plays share common themes of of loss, change and disbelief,
all developing around Mennonite characters. He has crafted intricate, believable
characters whom we love and hate, often at the same time, then shears their lives
apart so they must grope their way through a world without the hierarchies, patriarchies,
and beliefs that once comforted and defined them. Softcover, 100 pp. $19.95.
Vern Thiessen provides voice in his latest work to one of the most silent characters
in history: Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare. The plays sheds light
on unexplored aspects of Hathaway's life by looking through the eyes and heart
of the woman who spent a lifetime with -- and without -- the great poet. This
work is the celebration of a life unbowed by tragedy and unapologetic in the
face of public scorn. Softcover, 78 pp. $15.95.
The ideal of science -- to serve humanity -- is shown in sharp
contrast against the reality of political will, nationalism and war.
Based on the life and work of Nobel Laureate Dr. Fritz Haber. M-5,
F-2. Softcover, 108 pp. $16.95.
What do food, funerals, the Edmonton tornado, and Mila Mulroney have
in common? Join the elegant and debonair caterer Lumiere, as he serves
up a whole new eating experience. M-1 45 pp. $11.00.
Andy is in trouble. Downsized from his job, his marriage in crises, he meets a mysterious
young woman who he looks to for salvation. But when his wife becomes seriously ill,
Andy must make a choice: care for an estranged wife, or run away with a woman he
knows little about. A haunting tale of sex, secrets and second chances. M-1, F-2.
85 pp. $15.95.
The Bush Ladies: In Their Own Words
In this clever play, Molly Thom uses the words of the Bush Ladies -- the first ladies
of Canadian literature: Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Anne Langton, and
Anna Jameson -- to illuminate the immigrant experience. It is a spirited and dramatic
romp through a vivid era in our history. F-4. 66 pp. $12.95.
Claudia is "an official pre-teen" still reeling from her parents' divorce.
Her father is getting re-married, she has a science fair project due, and she
is in the physical and emotional throes of puberty. Finding refuge in the basement
of her school, Claudia discovers the pain at the centre of her brimming child's
heart. F-1. Softcover, 24 pp. $14.95. Now
Two Weeks, Twice a Year
This is the story about the relationship between a father and son six years
after the parents' divorce. The central character is broken into
two selves. There's Joe, as he is today, at twelve, and there's
Gogo, Joe's alter-ego, who's six; both of them want to know: "Does
Dad really love me?" The question is explored with humour and the
play's answer strives to be both realistic and optimistic.
Two deeply-linked monologues show us the astonishing courage and resilience of young human beings during earth-shattering moments. Each piece introduces us to a fifteen-year-old girl: the first speaks to us from contemporary Toronto, and the second from Auschwitz, 1945. Thanks to their shared love of Shakespeare, each girl believes in miracles when there is almost no hope, and in humour when there is nothing but fear. Softcover, 49 pp. $16.95.
Enoch Arden in the Hope Shelter
Jabber and Ciel are two homeless lovers who are trying to create a performance piece for the shelter's talent show; Ciel is catatonic and will only express herself through Strauss's music on the piano and through classical song, and Jabber moves in and out of psychotic delusion; their lives are desperate but they find peace and refuge and blissful love in performing their own wild version of Tennyson's classic epic poem "Enoch Arden." This is a play about the truly redemptive and empowering nature of art, and how it can be recreated and reclaimed by anyone with the hunger to do so. Sosftcover, 55 pp. $17.95.
Sled begins and ends in the Canadian North, a world of unforgiving isolation and mystical change. The other landscape is a Toronto neighbourhood which proves to be equally harsh and mythical under its quiet surface. This is a play of tragic destiny that addresses the "painful infection in our strong, our red heart," the red heart being the red maple leaf on our flag, and the pain: the painful mysteries of being human. Softcover, 134 pp. $14.95.
Judith Thompson writes with passionate intelligence about the things that matter most. Juxtaposing lived and imagined realities of hate and love, fear and hope, quirky humour and bitter knowledge, Capture Me connects the lives of a kindergarten teacher, the traumatised Islamic immmigrant with whom she falls in love, the insanely abusive former husband who is stalking her, and the icy, mortally ill mother whom she struggles to understand. Softcover, 72 pp. $16.95.
In the course of an afternoon's reunion between two long-estranged women, a buried memory and two teenagers' wild secret slam into the present. A potent drama. Softcover, 91 pp. $14.95.
Theresa is sexy, seductive, and mentally challenged. Worshipped by her boyfriend, she turns tricks at $5, is addicted to Tim Hortons' doughnuts, lies without thinking, and overflows with endless kindness, but she continues to hold on to her limitless innocence. First produced in 1980, this Canadian classic continues to move audiences with its raw depiction of the music, the dialect, and the ugly realities of the inner city.
2m, 3f . Softcover, 113 pp.
White Biting Dog
A suicidal young man is rescued by a white dog who gives him a mission: to
save his father from death. His mission flounders until the dog's owner
helps him by bringing his reluctant mother back into the family.
M-3, F-2. $16.95.
in the Streets
A young girl, Isobel, delves into the secret lives of her neighbours as
she searches for her killer
M-2, F-4. $14.95.
The Farm Show
Theatre Passe Muraille spent a summer in the farming region around Clinton, Ontario
to gather the material for this delightful portrayal of rural living. M-3, F-3.
107 pp. $13.95.
Jazz Play Trio: 3 Jazz Plays
With characteristic blend of outrageousness and restraint, Charles Tidler presents
variations on a theme, like a jazz soloist's improvisation on a riff, a metaphor
for life lived passionately and intensely. Includes the plays: Fabulous Yellow
Roman Candle (M-2, F-1., jazz trio), Straight Ahead (F-1.), and Blind Dancers
(M-1, F-1.). 119 pp. $14.95.
The Drowning Girls & Comrades
Beth Graham & Charlie Tomlinson
The Drowing Girls is the post-death tale of three drowned women who reflect on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after. Based on actual events, Comrades brings to life the imprisonment of two Italian immigrants as it exposes their struggles and agonies. Softcover, $17.95.
Still the Night is a celebration of survival -- the story
of two young women who were separated from their parents during the
Second World War, and wander through Poland, pretending not to be
Jewish. F-2. 95 pp. $12.95.
Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre
Was John Wilkes Booth the first reality star? What would Abraham Lincoln google if he had the chance? What would a re-enactment of Lincoln's assasination look like in the hand of Laurel & Hardy? These questions and more are explored, probed and laughed at in this madcap and, at times, haunting new play from Larry Tremblay. Softcover, 95 pp. $16.95.
Talking Bodies collects Larry Tremblay's four stunning solo
performances for the stage. Thematically related, each deals with
the reconstruction of an identity which through trauma, illusion,
accident or destiny has been threatened, destabilized, broken or
dispersed. With an introduction by Jane M. Moss. 208 pp. $19.95.
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