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American Modern Drama 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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Pat and Mike, an urban couple, find themselves ever more out of touch with the world in which they must live, and with ever less to hold onto and believe in. He toys with the prospect of suicide, and she with the notion of madness, as they reminisce about the events, large and small, that have brought them to where they are. Their conversation grows ever more bizarre—and revealing—as they seek to "fill the empty spaces," and to fight back, to survive, against the meaninglessness that threatens to devour them.

A highly imaginative, "free-form" evocation of the numbing isolation which besets a couple as they struggle to adjust to the terrors of urban life. Successfully presented by two of Off-Broadway's leading theatre groups as a companion piece to Canadian Gothic. "She has a reassuring facility with language and a splendid command of her material." —San Francisco Examiner. "…a sharp atmosphere of razor-like wit and quick paced repartee." —Montreal Star.     

Canadian Gothic Drama 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Presented on a virtually bare stage, with the characters speaking sometimes to the audience and sometimes to each other, the play uses language of poetic eloquence and incision to illuminate its tale of an ill-fated love affair and the family it destroys. It begins with the evocative memories of the mother and father—a Saskatchewan dentist and his mildly rebellious wife—and then goes on, after the mother's death, to explore the love that blossoms between their daughter and a young Indian. Sadly the romance results in tragedy rather than happiness, leading to the conception of a child out of wedlock, the accidental blinding of the dentist, the jailing of the young Indian and, in the end, a bittersweet accommodation between father and daughter as they face the long, futile years still left to them.

A moving and imaginatively conceived study of love and loss by one of Canada's most highly regarded playwrights, which earned the unique distinction of being presented by two of Off-Broadway's most outstanding producing groups The Manhattan Theatre Club (two seasons) and The Phoenix Theatre. "She has an original voice, and a quizzical way of looking at the world." —NY Times. "It is a simple tale, simply and movingly told in the manner that reminded me of the art of Willa Cather." —NY Newsday.   

If We are Women Drama 4 (0m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Two grandmothers, a daughter, and a granddaughter gather on the deck of a beach house in Connecticut. One grandmother has flown, for the first time, from the Canadian prairie. She is an illiterate woman whose parents were homesteading pioneers. "If only I had gotten my eighth grade diploma." Her daughter is a novelist whose lover died recently. "If only I had a college degree." The second grandmother has driven up from Pennsylvania. She is an agnostic Jewish intellectual with a Master's degree. "If only I had gone to Oxford." The granddaughter is eighteen and is slated to go to Yale in the autumn. After staying out all night with a young man, she arrives on the scene to announce a reversal of plans. The three older women discuss their pasts and presents poetically, poignantly and humorously as they attempt to pass down the wisdom of their years. When the granddaughter disregards all that she hears, the prairie grandmother observes that "every time a kid is born, we start from zero."

"IF WE ARE WOMEN is an oasis of insight and honesty." —Vancouver Sun. "In IF WE ARE WOMEN, Joanna Glass delivers enough humour, compassion and hope to touch everyone who sees it." —Globe and Mail. "Elegant and eloquent theatre." —Toronto Star. "IF WE ARE WOMEN is a thoughtful, melancholic debate. The play refuses to be politically correct or trendy." —International Herald-Tribune. "…This play is tenderly affecting. There are enough funny lines to keep tears safely at bay for two hours." —London Financial Times.   

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