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  • Author:
    Moscovitch, Hannah
    Summary:

    In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories of mothers during the Canadian birth-control movement of the early twentieth century, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights vividly recreates a couple's struggles with reproduction. It's Ottawa in the 1920s, before birth control is legalized. Sophie, a young working-class girl, falls madly in love with her sister's suitor, and eventually marries, a stablehand named Jonny. After two difficult childbirths, doctors tell Sophie she shouldn't have any more children, but don't tell her how to prevent it. When Sophie inevitably becomes pregnant again, she faces a grim dilemma.

  • Author:
    Olivier, Anne-Marie
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    Revivre une, puis plusieurs naissances. Raconter ce qui demeure un choc brutal, un moment imprévisible. Explorer comment cette arrivée spectaculaire, animale, violente, gluante peut se révéler comme une catharsis. Venir au monde se présente comme une rafale d’accouchements, tous issus de la cueillette de centaines d’histoires vraies. Un spectacle qui donne envie de vivre plus fort, plus consciemment, avec davantage de fougue et de courage. Un appel d’air qui célèbre la vie, toutes les vies.

  • Author:
    Tidler, Charles
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    Four disparate people confront each other--their memory and their responsibility--at the emergency room of a hospital when brought together by the crisis of a teenager suffering a psychiatric episode. Tortoise Boy is a “chamber play,” four monologues, or mon-dialogues, if you will. Through these four voices, four instruments--a quartet--these characters confront numerous existential quandaries: Can we have a future without a past? Is there meaning to a past that has no future? When do our memories open doors, and when do they close them? What’s best forgotten? What’s indelible? The ancient Greeks believed that memory is the mother of the muses, and the words memory, muse, and music all share a common root.

    Praise for Tortoise Boy: "... gritty and profane, unabashedly poetic." (Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist) "Like reassembling a window from pieces of shattered glass … Tidler allows the audience to piece it all together." (Monday Magazine)

  • Author:
    Graham, Beth
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    Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter. At least that’s how she feels after her mother, Bernice, a lively, recently widowed fifty-five-year-old breaks the news that she has early onset Alzheimer’s. In an effort to cope with the stress, Iris makes her mother’s famous Everything-That-Is-Bad-For-You casserole, a childhood favourite. Her siblings, on the other hand, are on opposite sides of the spectrum: Sara, the eldest, irately calls for a second opinion, while Peter, the youngest, seems completely unfazed. As for Bernice, she’s still as vivacious as ever, always up for a good laugh, and, most of all, ready to finally put herself first.

    The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is about the tricky nature of family dynamics, and the effects of mental illness seen through the eyes of a young woman who’s searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family.

  • Author:
    Oliver, Sean Harris
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    Sean Harris Oliver's The Fighting Season is a searing investigation into the Afghan War through the eyes of a Canadian field medic (Kristy), an OR surgeon (Terry), and a recovery room nurse (Karine). When all three medical professionals experience a life-changing event in the operating room of the NATO-controlled Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, they are sent back to Canada for further evaluation. Through Kristy, Terry and Karine's interwoven monologues we begin to understand the contribution that Canada's medical teams made in Afghanistan, as well as the devastating impact that war has on the ones charged with saving lives.

  • Author:
    Taylor, Drew Hayden
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    "Drew Hayden Taylor works his delightfully comic, and bittersweet magic in these two plays about children growing up Native in a non-Native world. In 'The boy in the treehouse,' Simon pursues a vision quest in an attempt to reclaim his mother's First Nations heritage. In 'Girl who loved horses,' a non-status girls finds people on the Reserve understand her remarkable talent and the power of her storng spirt more than those around her. In each play, Taylor moves beyond the denials, misunderstandings and preconceptions that populate our differences and rediscovers the nature of, and the necessity for, rites of passage in all cultures." -- Publisher.

  • Author:
    Loring, Kevin
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    Nan's family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on. This intimate and restorative new play from Governor General's Literary Award winner Kevin Loring, the first ever Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada, is about legacy-- the legacy of our personal and collective histories, and a family's legacy as it moves into an age where the assumptions of the old ways surrender to new possibilities. But if the play's main course is legacy, the dessert is pumpkin pie. Tuck in!

  • Author:
    Leiren-Young, Mark
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    Second Prize Winner, Canada's National One-Act Playwriting Competition (1994).

    Shylock is an award-winning play about a Jewish actor who finds himself condemned by his own community for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s notorious Jew. Shylock has provided much fuel for the fiery debates surrounding censorship, historical revisionism, political correctness, and the thorny discussion of whether certain plays are suitable for contemporary productions—Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice amongst them.

    Praise for Shylock: "Not an ounce of fat on this play. Pure gold." (CBC Radio) “Mark Leiren-Young’s play is very strong and an important contribution to the vexed and vexing question of the alleged anti-Semitism of The Merchant of Venice.” (Patrick Stewart, actor) “I leapt at the opportunity to present Shylock at Vancouver’s Shakespeare Festival. It is a fascinating play. Bravo Leiren-Young! Bravo Shylock!” (Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach Theatre Company)

  • Author:
    Carley, Dave
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    Meg and her mom Sandra are heading to Detroit to do a little cross-border shopping and take in a Tigers game. But Sandra's passport has expired, and they are turned back. An odd encounter on the Windsor waterfront leads them into a wild night of time travel, rum smuggling, a near drowning, hijackers, customs officials thirsty for bribes, and a chance encounter with controversial baseball legend Ty Cobb. The sound effects and music in this original radio drama will take you back to the 1920s-a time when "heading for the wild west" meant sneaking into Michigan with a boatload of Canadian contraband.

  • Author:
    Cloutier, Fabien
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    Carl et Steven en arrachent ; pères à temps partiel, fils ou amoureux décevants, ils peinent à garder la tête hors de l'eau et à préserver un semblant de dignité. Pour survivre, ils feront des petits boulots pour Mario Vaillancourt, le propriétaire des Galeries du Boulevard. Mais Vaillancourt ratisse large et il ne donne pas seulement dans le commerce licite. Il exploite aussi des « sides lines » pour lesquels le recrutement se fait à la pièce. Idéalement auprès des plus vulnérables. On retrouve dans Pour réussir un poulet les personnages qui jalonnent l'univers de Fabien Cloutier. Des êtres dépassés qui, en tentant d'améliorer leur sort, ne peuvent faire autrement que de glisser dans le vortex de la déchéance. Si Fabien Cloutier réussit à nous faire rire, c'est pour mieux nous rappeler que les choses vont mal. De plus en plus mal.

  • Author:
    Gagnon, Steve
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    Bouleversé par le décès de sa mère, un jeune archéologue accepte d’aller travailler sur un chantier de fouilles à des milliers de kilomètres de chez-lui. Loin de Montréal, étourdi par une fuite en avant qui ne semble pas combler l’immense vide laissé par la disparition maternelle, il fait la rencontre d’Edna, qui l’accueille pendant son séjour. Avec l’aide de cette femme sensible et vraie il parvient à se réconcilier avec la vie pour mieux revenir à sa belle infirmière, Nathalie. Avec une tendresse et une violence d’une rare complémentarité, Steve Gagnon donne la parole à un homme déchiré, un adulte / enfant incapable d’affronter l’existence. Touchant et sincère, le personnage qu’il crée dans Os. La montagne blanche exprime avec simplicité toute la douleur et la colère du deuil, sans compromis ni concessions.

  • Author:
    Grammy, Tara, Davis, Tom Arthur
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    Mahmoud is an exuberant, if overwhelmingly passionate, Iranian engineer-cum-taxi driver who relishes the chance to regale his passengers with his love of Persian culture. Emanuelos, a fabulously gay Spanish perfume salesman, can talk a mile-a-minute about his boyfriend, Behnam. And then there's Tara, an awkwardly charming Iranian Canadian preteen who just wants to be "normal," whatever that means. When the three strangers find themselves crossing paths in the busy streets of Toronto, their experiences with racism, sexism, homophobia, homesickness, and everything in between become intertwined in unexpected ways.

  • Author:
    French, David
    Summary:

    David French's first play is a classic in Canadian drama. The first part of what has come to be known as the Mercer Series, in Leaving Home we are introduced to the Mercer family, immigrants from Newfoundland to Toronto, struggling to find their way in the late 1950s. Ben has just graduated from high school, and his brother Billy’s wedding is imminent. But conflicts with their volatile father, Jacob, threaten to destroy the family and the life they’ve carved out for themselves. Leaving Home was named one of the 100 Most Influential Canadian Books by the Literary Review of Canada.

  • Author:
    Beaulieu, Christine
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    Hydro-Québec a longtemps symbolisé les plus grands rêves des Québécois, leur prise de pouvoir et leur affranchissement. Mais, plus de 70 ans après la création de cette société d’État, sommes-nous toujours «maitres chez nous»? Envoyée au front par Annabel Soutar et sa compagnie Porte Parole, Christine Beaulieu se fait l’interprète du citoyen dans un feuilleton politique palpitant. Théâtre documentaire exposant les facettes opposées d’un enjeu de société essentiel, «J’aime Hydro» lance une épineuse et passionnante discussion: qu’est devenue la relation entre Hydro-Québec et les Québécois?

  • Author:
    Gaudreault, Jean-Rock
    Summary:

    Le dauphin de France, 12 ans, rêve d'être comédien et rencontre Molière le 17 février 1673, en cachette de son auguste père, juste avant la dernière représentation du Malade imaginaire.

  • Author:
    Lapierre-Desnoyers, Guillaume
    Summary:

    Chloé, une ado de 15 ans, étouffe dans sa vie terne de banlieue. Pour avoir la vie intense et sans limite à laquelle elle aspire, elle décide de tout quitter en effaçant ses traces. À la merci de la bonne volonté et des exigences des camionneurs, elle parcourt les routes des États-Unis. Entre les squats, les trucks stop et les haltes routières miteuses, elle découvre le revers sordide de cette vie d'errance mais aussi l'amitié qui s'installe solidement entre deux écorchées. Elle laisse dans son sillage le désespoir de sa mère qui ne comprend pas sa rage et le sentiment d'impuissance de l'enquêteur confronté quotidiennement à la détresse qui se profile derrière les fugues.

  • Author:
    Maxwell, Brooke, Palmer, Judd, Bátiz-Benét, Mercedes
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    The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable ? if you're a goat born on the wrong side of the craggy chasm. The troll is soon recruited to join the side of the underclass, but when the revolution is won, the victors become tyrants, and it's up to the troll to find a way to break the cycle of greed. Finally, everybody agrees that the green grass is for everybody to eat - it's a timely parable about immigration, through the lens of the Three Billygoats Gruff, created by three celebrated Canadian theatre artists: Mercedes Bt̀iz-Benť, Brooke Maxwell, and Judd Palmer.

  • Author:
    Gareau, Laurier
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    Eric Lechasseur est professeur de littérature française, Sa femme, Amanda, d'origine ukrainienne, l'a quitté après 25 ans de mariage, Leur fille, Mona, prépare une maîtrise en « English Littérature» pour contrarier son père, Cette  ièce très contemporaine explore, avec réalisme et humour, « la complexité des relations exogames et de l'éducation des enfants non seulement bilingues, mais aussi biculturels ». - Sarah Vennes-Ouellet, L 'Eau vive, Ce sont aussi les conflits intergénérationnels. L’émancipation de la femme et l’assimilation culturelle qui sont mis en relief. Green Mustang camoufle sous une crise de couple un drame identitaire.

  • Author:
    Belliveau, George, Lea, Graham W.
    Summary:

    This book is a call to action to address the transition many soldiers face when returning to civilian life. It presents an arts-based therapeutic approach to dealing with trauma, exploring the development, performance, and reception of Contact!Unload,a play based on the lives of military veterans overcoming stress injuries encountered during military service. The book, which includes the full script of the play, offers academic, artistic, personal, and theoretical perspectives from people directly involved in the performances as well as those who witnessed the work. The play and book serve as a model for using arts-based approaches to mental health care and as a powerful look into the experiences of military veterans.

  • Author:
    Yee, David
    Summary:

    From the shore of Ko Phi Phi in Thailand to a suburb in Utah to a mysterious Kafkaesque hole in the ground, carried away on the crest of a wave gives us brief glimpses into the lives of a sphinx-like escort, a grieving father, a conflicted priest, brothers of legend, a felonious housewife, an accountant of time, an orphaned boy, a radio shock jock and a man who finds things. Each are connected, primarily, by the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed the lives of over a quarter million people. In a series of vignettes, carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates the ripple effect of one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and ponders what happens when the events that bind us together are the same events that tear us apart.

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