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Beautiful Man & Other Short Plays

by (author) Erin Shields

foreword by Andrea Donaldson

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2020
Women Authors, Canadian
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Award-winning playwright Erin Shields has crafted three thought-provoking plays that centre on the inner lives of women, offering space for those who dare to listen.

An eviscerating satire of gender roles in popular culture, Beautiful Man imagines a world in which women are the subjects and men the objects. As three women dissect the latest Hollywood blockbuster, narrative after narrative of strong female characters fold into each other, fusing into a brutally recognizable story.

In Unit B-1717, a woman is trying to clean out her storage locker and say goodbye to the past, but an overwhelming feeling of dread forces her to confront the way she has historically subjugated herself to the needs of others.

In And then there was you, a mother addresses her child as they both visit milestones that offered them each independence, and in the process explores how the profound connection between mother and child evolves.

About the authors

Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright. Her most recent play, Paradise Lost, premiered at the Stratford Festival in 2018. It won the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Playwriting and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Erin won the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre and has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Albanian. Other theatre credits include: The Lady from the Sea (The Shaw Festival), The Millennial Malcontent and Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon Theatre), The Angel and the Sparrow (The Segal Centre) and Montparnasse (Groundwater Productions), Instant (Geordie Productions, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Production, Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding New Text), Mistatim (Red Sky Performance), and Unit B1717 (Théâtre á Corps Perdus). In May, 2019, Erin’s play Beautiful Man will play at Factory Theatre.

Erin Shields' profile page

Andrea Donaldson has directed award-winning productions for theatres across Canada, including Soulpepper, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Direct, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Festival Players of Prince Edward County, the National Theatre School, SummerWorks, the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Espace René-Provost, the Toronto Fringe, Red Sky Performance, and Nightwood Theatre. For two decades Donaldson has played a pivotal role in fostering new feminist works for the stage as a freelance director/dramaturge, in her role as Tarragon’s Associate Artistic Director, and at Nightwood Theatre as Program Director of Write from the Hip and now as Artistic Director.

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Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant, brutal reminder of the realities of being a woman in a society that values beauty and compliance.”

Samantha Edwards, NOW Magazine

“There’s a great deal of rage underlying [Beautiful Man], but also many humorous elements, and so many things to admire about Shields’s acute observations and inversions of expectation . . . Every new play from her is a challenge, and a treat.”

Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

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