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Drama Anthologies (multiple Authors)

Modern Canadian Plays, (Volume 1, 5th Edition)

by (author) Jerry Wasserman

Publisher
Talonbooks
Initial publish date
Apr 2011
Category
Anthologies (multiple authors)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889226784
    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
    List Price
    $49.95

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This fifth edition of the classic Modern Canadian Plays sets out an even broader range of plays than previous editions. The plays in the first volume date from 1967 to 1991, and outline an indigenous Canadian drama emerging from its colonial roots to celebrate a rising nationalism. But more to the point, the plays in this edition carry with them a distinct flavour of adventurousness in a juxtaposition that is strikingly, even wildly, various—plays that can only be said to cohere around the difficulty of amorphous notions such as social justice, cultural belonging and the existence of a collective past. Modern Canadian Plays continues to stand as the standard anthology for Canadian drama—for good reason.
The plays in Volume One include:
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, George Ryga (1967)
Les Belles Soeurs, Michel Tremblay (1968)
Leaving Home, David French (1972)
Sticks and Stones (The Donnellys, Part One), James Reaney (1973)
Zastrozzi, George F. Walker (1977)
Billy Bishop Goes to War, John Gray with Eric Peterson (1978)
Balconville, David Fennario (1979)
Blood Relations, Sharon Pollock (1980)
Drag Queens on Trial, Sky Gilbert (1985)
Bordertown Café, Kelly Rebar (1987)
Toronto, Mississippi, Joan MacLeod (1987)
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), Ann-Marie MacDonald (1988)
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Tomson Highway (1989)
Lion in the Streets, Judith Thompson (1990)
Life Without Instruction, Sally Clark (1991)

About the author

Contributor Notes

Jerry Wasserman
Professor of English and Theatre at the University of British Columbia, Jerry Wasserman has written and lectured widely on Canadian theatre, modern fiction, dramatic literature, theatre history and blues music; edited the two-volume anthology Modern Canadian Plays, a standard course text now in its fourth edition; made more than 200 appearances on stage, film and television; and served for more than 15 years as a drama critic on CBC Radio. He is currently the editor of Vancouverplays.com, an informative website that provides up-to-date listings and reviews of local theatre performances.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the 4th edition:
“The anthology of choice for most courses … both Jerry Wasserman and Talonbooks continue to expand, update, and broaden the representational range of the standard teaching anthology in the field. One can only look forward to the fifth edition, and all those to follow.”
– Ric Knowles, Canadian Literature

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