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Drama Canadian

Joe Beef

by (author) David Fennario

Publisher
Talonbooks
Initial publish date
Jan 1991
Category
Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889222915
    Publish Date
    Jan 1991
    List Price
    $16.95

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Description

Desperately poor immigrants find refuge with Montreal’s legendary barkeep, Joe Beef. Cast of five women and five men.

About the author

Anglophone playwright born David Wiper in Montreal, Quebec, 1947. He was raised in the working class district of Pointe-St-Charles, an area he would make the centre of most of his plays. He was one of six children, his father was a housepainter. His pen name, given to him by a girlfriend, was part of a Bob Dylan song, “Pretty Peggy-O.” David Fennario has described his life as: Born on the Avenues in the Verdun-Pointe Saint Charles working-class district of Montreal; one of six kids growing up in Duplessis’ Quebec, repressed, depressed, oppressed and compressed. “School was a drag. My working experience turned me into a raving Red calling for world revolution. The process of becoming a political activist gave me the confidence to be a writer. Up to then, I thought only middle-class people could become artists, because they were not stupid like working-class people, who were working-class because they were stupid. But reading Socialist literature convinced me that working-class people can change themselves and the world around them. We are not chained to fate, Freud, God, gender or a genetic code. We can make ourselves into what we want. I’ve been trying my best to do that ever since, and have had some success as a playwright and a prose writer.?

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Editorial Reviews

?An evening of political theatre with both guts and skill is a rare commodity these days.?
? Montreal Gazette

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