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The CTR Anthology

The CTR Anthology: Fifteen Plays from Canadian Theatre Review

Edited by Alan Filewod
Copyright Date: 1993
Pages: 683
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    The CTR Anthology
    Book Description:

    This volume brings together fifteen of the most significant plays published in CTR between 1974 and 1991.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-5754-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xi-2)
    Alan Filewod

    Of the fifteen plays in this anthology, most have been out of print since they originally appeared in the pages ofCanadian Theatre Review.A few have been republished elsewhere but are no longer available; a smaller number are currently available in book form or in other anthologies. This volume therefore serves two purposes: to recover a number of significant plays that have gone out of print, and to offer a representative overview of the development of Canadian drama and theatrical practice as recorded by the several editors ofCTRsince 1974.

    These fifteen plays, which comprise approximately twenty per...

  5. The Head, Guts and Sound Bone Dance
    (pp. 3-34)
    Michael Cook

    Anglo-Irish in origin, and born on Valentine’s Day in the year of the Reichstag fire, Michael cook was educated at various Catholic/Jesuit schools before he enlisted in the British army in 1949. In twelve years he saw service in Korea, Japan, Malaya, and Europe. Upon his release he studied Drama at Nottingham University. Emigrating to Canada in 1966, he worked as Drama Specialist for Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Extension Service, before transferring to the Department of English Language and Literature, where he remains as an Associate Professor. He is the author of a dozen stage plays and over a hundred...

  6. Henrik Ibsen on the Necessity of Producing Norwegian Drama
    (pp. 35-46)
    John Palmer

    As a director and playwright, John Palmer was a major force in the formation of the alternative theatre movement in Toronto during the late 1960s and early 1970s. With Martin Kinch he co-founded the brief lived Canadian Place Theatre in Stratford, where his playMemories for My Brother, Part Ipremiéred in 1969. In 1971 he was one of the co-founders of Toronto Free Theatre (TFT) (along with Kinch and Tom Hendry). His plays at TFT includeThe Endin 1972 and the collectiveThe Pits,which he directed. John Palmer was also closely involved with the other experimental theatres...

  7. Passion and Sin
    (pp. 47-106)
    Hrant Alianak

    Born in the Sudan in 1950, Hrant Alianak moved to Canada in 1967 and studied at McGill and York universities. He has worked widely as an actor, writer and director in theatre, television, film, and opera. His plays,all produced under his own direction, includeLucky Strike, Night, The Blues, Passion and Sin, Christmas, Mathematics,andTantrums.He has directed for Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre Lab, Buddies in Bad Times, and NDWT Theatre. As an actor he has appeared in numerous television dramas and films, and his performance in Atom Egoyan’sFamily Viewingwon him a Genie nomination.

    Passion and...

  8. Rumours of Our Death A PARABLE IN 25 SCENES
    (pp. 107-132)
    George F. Walker

    George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and widely produced playwrights. His work has been honoured with countless awards, including four Chalmers’ Awards and two Governor General’s Awards for Drama (forCriminal’s in loveandNothing Sacred). His works have been produced around the world;Filthy RichandZastrozzihave had over 100 productions in the English-speaking world;Beyond Mozambique, Theatre of the Film Noir,andCriminals in Lovehave also been translated into French and German;Nothing SacredandLove and Angerhave met with great success in the United States with major productions in Los Angeles,...

  9. Ten Lost Years
    (pp. 133-190)
    Jack Winter and Cedric Smith

    During the 1960s and 1970s Jack Winter wrote stage plays for Toronto Workshop Productions, where he was resident playwright, His works for TWP includedBefore Compiègne, The Mechanic, Hey Rube!, The Golem of Venice, Letters from the Earth, You Can’t Get Here from There,andTen Lost Years.He also wrote freelance plays for specific commissions, includingParty Day, The Centre, Mr Pickwick,andWaiting.During the same period he wrote more than two dozen radio and television plays and films for cinema, includingSelling Out, The Island, Golovlovo,andMask of the Bear,as well as critical articles, prose...

  10. Jennie’s Story
    (pp. 191-248)
    Betty Lambert

    Born in Calgary in 1933, Betty Lambert moved to Vancouver to study at the University of British Columbia, and until her death in 1983 taught at Simon Fraser University. She was a prolific writer, whose work includes 75 plays for stage, radio and television.

    Her work expressed her passionate devotion to women’s issues and political justice, focusing on such topics as rape, abortion, and (inJennie’s Story) forced sterilization. Her other works for the stage include the comediesSqrieux-de-Dieu, Clouds of Glory,the widely produced children's playThe Riddle Machine,and a harrowing drama about sexual abuse of children,Under...

  11. This is for You, Anna A SPECTACLE OF REVENGE
    (pp. 249-282)
    The Anna Project

    The Anna Project: Suzanne Odette Khuri is an actor, writer, teacher, and voyager, founder of Ad Astra Productions in Brooklyn, New York. Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Toronto-based writer and actor. Her playGood Night Desdemona, Good Morning Julietwon the Governor-General’s Award for Drama in 1990.

    Baŋuta Rubess directs, writes, and teaches in English and Latvian.

    Maureen White is a founding member of Nightwood Theatre, and is a director and teacher in Ireland and Canada.

    Early incarnations ofThis is for You, Annabenefited from the work of Partricia Nichols and Aida Jordao.

    This is for You, Annawas initially...

  12. Love is Strange
    (pp. 283-338)
    Paul Ledoux and David Young

    Paul Ledoux was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He began writing for the theatre in Montreal, where his playThe Electrical Manwon the Dominion Drama Festival’s award for best play in 1975. Since that time he has had twenty-six plays produced, includingHonky Tonk Angelswith Ferne Downey,Judy!, Children of the Night,and two collaborations with David Young:Love is StrangeandFire,which won both the Dora Mavor Moore and Chalmers awards for best musical play.

    David Young has been active in a wide variety of literary and dramatic pursuits. He is the author of two books...

  13. A Woman from the Sea
    (pp. 339-388)
    Cindy Cowan

    Cindy Cowan Cindy Cowan lives the small Inuit community of Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, where she works as an adult educator for Arctic College. She has been an active member of the Mulgrave Road Co-op Theatre in Nova Scotia for over ten years, working as an actor and playwright. In addition to writingA Woman from the Sea,she has completed three other plays. The most recent,Honey and White Blood,was produced by the National Arts Centre in 1989.

    A Woman from the Seawas first produced by the Mulgrave Road Co-op Theatre on 18 February 1986, in the Guysborough...

  14. Being at Home with Claude
    (pp. 389-434)
    René-Daniel Dubois

    Born in Montreal in 1953, René-Daniel Dubois is an actor, director, and playwright. After graduating from École Nationale de Théâtre du Canada in 1976, he studied at the Institut Alain Knapp in Paris. He is the author of seventeen stage plays, includingNe Blâmez Jamais les Bédouins(which he originally produced himself in a solo performance, and which has since been translated and published in English asDon’t Blame the Bedouins),Being at Home with Claude,and“Pericles, Prince of Tyre” by William Shakespeare,all of which have been successfully produced in English-speaking Canada as well as in Quebec.Being...

  15. Zero Hour
    (pp. 435-478)
    Arthur Milner

    Arthur Milner has been resident play-wright at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa since 1983. He is the author of many plays for children and adults, includingShanty-men of Cache Lake, Home Sweet Homey Robin Hood’s Latest Adventure(with Greg Tuck),1997, Cheap Thrill, Zero Hour, Learning to Live with Personal Growth, The City, Masada,andSisters in the Great Day Care War.He has also been involved as the writer on two GCTC collective creations,Sandinista!andRed Tape, Running Shoes and Razzamattazz.In 1992 Arthur Milner was appointed Artistic Director of GCTC.

    Zero Hourwas first produced...

  16. Boom, Baby, Boom!
    (pp. 479-530)
    Baņuta Rubess

    Baņuta Rubess is an award-winning playwright and director whose work has travelled to such places as England, Latvia, and Newfoundland. Her plays range from the comedyPope Joan,to the dramaSmoke Damage, A story of the Witch Hunts,to the jazz playBoom, Baby, Boom!She directed the premiere production ofGoodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Julietby Ann-Marie MacDonald, with whom she began collaborating when they were members of the collective that createdThis is for You, Anna.She has created non-traditional theatre for teenagers, such as the multi-media meditation on suicideHorror High,and a drama about date...

  17. Lola Starr Builds Her Dream Home A TRAVESTY
    (pp. 531-572)
    Sky Gilbert

    Playwright, poet, actor, or drag queen extraordinaire Sky Gilbert is co-founder and Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. He has written and directed numerous plays for Buddies, includingPasolini/Pelosi, The Dressing Gown, Drag Queens on Trial, Ban This Show, The Postman Rings Once,andCapote at Yaddo,as well asLola Starr Builds Her Dream Home.In keeping with the nature of his work, he has been an outspoken commentator on issues affecting the lesbian and gay communities. He has also been instrumental in nurturing and inspiring young artists through theRhubarb! andQueerCulturefestivals he...

  18. Newhouse
    (pp. 573-646)
    Richard Rose and D.D. Kugler

    The founding director of Necessary Angel Theatre in Toronto, Richard Rose has directed many of the company’s productions since 1978, including Chekhov’sThe Seagull,Michael Springate’sDog and Crow,Milan Kundera’sJacques and His Master,the collective’sMein(Dora Mavor Moore Award, 1984) andDesire,John Krizanc’sThe Half of It(Chalmers Award, 1989) and the acclaimed productions of Howard Barker’sThe Castle, The Possibilities,andThe Europeans.He has also adapted and directed several other projects, includingBoom(from Buchner’sWoyzeck), Censored(from Bulgakov’sA Cabal of Hypocrites), Newhouse(from de Molina’sDon Juanand Sophocles’Oedipus Rex),and...

  19. Polygraph
    (pp. 647-683)
    Marie Brassard and Robert Lepage

    After completing studies at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Quebec, Marie Brassard began working with Robert Lepage as an author and actor in the creative process that resulted inThe Dragon’s Trilogy,and later co-wrote and performed inPolygraph.In 1990 she won the Jean Doat award in Montreal for her performance in both plays. She has also won the Barcelona Critics’ Award as Best Foreign Actress forPolygraph.In addition to her collaborations with Robert Lepage, she works as an author and actress for other theatre companies, writes scripts for short films, and conceives and directs music videos.