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Children's Fiction Theater

Little Criminals

A Screenplay

by (author) Dennis Foon

foreword by Brian Freeman

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1996
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1996
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Theyâ??re eleven. They steal. They trash and burn other peopleâ??s homes, and some even end up as killers. A classical tragedy about an otherwise worthy and resourceful human being whose destiny is subsumed by the neglect and dispassion of those who should love and care for him. Des is a beast, but at the last moment, as he locks himself into his elaborately decorated closet, we suddenly understand him, want to nurture himâ?¦

About the authors

Dennis Foon was co-founder of Vancouverâ??s acclaimed Green Thumb Theatre and served as artistic director for twelve years. As a playwright, his body of plays continues to be produced internationally in numerous languages and he has received the British Theatre AWard, two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards, the Jesse Richardson Career Achievement Award, and the International Arts for Young Audiences Award. In 2007 he was made a lifetime member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada for his â??outstanding contribution to Canadian Playwriting and Theatre.â? His play Kindness received the 2009 AATE Distinguished Play Award. His newest play, Scar Tissue, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre.

Heâ??s won a Gemini, two WGC Awards, three Leos, and a Robert W. Wagner Award for his screenplays, which include Little Criminals, White Lies, Torso, and Terry. He is also the co-writer of Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity and A Shine of Rainbows, which won a Leo and received a Genie Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. He wrote the screenplay for the feature Life Above All, Prix FranÒ«ois Chalais winner at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, 2011 Academy Award Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film, and a Leo winner for Best Screenplay. His novel Skud (Groundwood Books, 2003) received a BC Book Prize, and his sci-fi/fantasy trilogy, The Longlight Legacy, has been published in five languages.

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Editorial Reviews

â??Derives its gritty authenticity from the interviews and first-hand encounters that were a part of Dennis Foonâ??s homeworkâ?¦ homework that has made him this countryâ??s most convincing and successful creator of stage work for young audiences.â?
- The Toronto Star

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