Modern Canadian Plays

Modern Canadian Plays

Volume 1

Book - 2012
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This fifth edition of the classic Modern Canadian Plays sets out an even broader range of plays than previous editions. The plays in the first volume date from 1967 to 1991, and outline an indigenous Canadian drama emerging from its colonial roots to celebrate a rising nationalism. But more to the point, the plays in this edition carry with them a distinct flavour of adventurousness in a juxtaposition that is strikingly, even wildly, various-plays that can only be said to cohere around the difficulty of amorphous notions such as social justice, cultural belonging and the existence of a collective past. Modern Canadian Plays continues to stand as the standard anthology for Canadian drama-for good reason.The plays in Volume One include: The Ecstasy of Rita Joe , George Ryga (1967) Les Belles Soeurs , Michel Tremblay (1968) Leaving Home , David French (1972) Sticks and Stones (The Donnellys, Part One) , James Reaney (1973) Zastrozzi , George F. Walker (1977) Billy Bishop Goes to War , John Gray with Eric Peterson (1978) Balconville , David Fennario (1979) Blood Relations , Sharon Pollock (1980) Drag Queens on Trial , Sky Gilbert (1985) Bordertown Café , Kelly Rebar (1987) Toronto, Mississippi , Joan MacLeod (1987) Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) , Ann-Marie MacDonald (1988) Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing , Tomson Highway (1989) Lion in the Streets , Judith Thompson (1990) Life Without Instruction , Sally Clark (1991)
Publisher: Vancouver : Talonbooks, c2012
Edition: 5th ed
ISBN: 9780889226784
Branch Call Number: ANF 819.25408 MOD 2012
Characteristics: ix, 557 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Wasserman, Jerry 1945-


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Sep 18, 2013

I only read MacDonald's GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET) in this collection, but frankly, that one play is so good enough that I didn't need to read anymore to confidently say that this collection is fantastic. I highly recommend this highly varied compilation of the finest Canadian plays since the late sixties.

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