The purpose of A Collection of Canadian Plays is to present to the Canadian public good plays which have received regional acclaim but not national publicity. We hope to achieve the widest possible dissemination of original Canadian plays, not only for those who may be interested in mounting their own productions, but also for those playgoers who may wish to recapture the pleasures of an evening well spent in the theatre.
The selection of plays in this first Volume is not, of course, a random one. We have tried to include one play representative of its particular genre, from the open stage production, the traditional proscenium stage, the school and/or university production and plays suitable for amateurs through to the frankly experimental. We have also taken care to select plays from a variety of regions in Canada.
This volume contains Counsellor Extraordinary, by Stewart Boston; Wu Feng, by Munroe Scott; Two Plays, by Sheldon Rosen; Colour the Flesh the Colour of Dust, by Michael Cook; Exit Muttering, by Donald Jack.
Rolf Kalman moved to Montreal from Hungary in the early 1950's. He founded Simon & Pierre, a publishing company he named after his two cats, in 1972, which began as an offshoot from his days spent as an editor for Performing Arts magazine. Before that he worked at odd jobs around the CBC, mostly with televised theatre production. "(A Collection of Canadian Plays) is my gift to Canada. It's a gift in return for my Canadian citizenship."
The format that Rolf Kaiman and his associates have chosen for A Collection of Canadian Plays is both durable and beautiful. This series of handsome books began to appear in 1972 and the end is not yet in sight.
The texts of the plays are set out in handsome type with generous and artistic use of empty space. Each volume is profusely illustrated with original drawings, photographs of productions, historical prints, and other appropriate decoration. The books are big and attractively bound. They would look well on the coffee table and will endure on library shelves.