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Not So Dumb

Four Plays for Young People

by (author) John Lazarus

introduction by Dennis Foon

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Dec 1998
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    Dec 1998
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These four related one-act plays follow a spirited girl named Binnie and her peers from age eight to mid-teens as they make friends, face enemies and win self-respect.Includes:Schoolyard GamesNot So DumbNightlightSecretsJohn Lazarus' brilliant studies of the pains and pressures that children face on the road to maturity have earned him wide audiences and a reputation for excellence in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. He examines the lives of young people through their own eyes, fashioning a critical yet comic world that speaks to the experience of both children and adults.

About the authors

John Lazarus has been an award-winning playwright since 1970. His plays include Babel Rap, Dreaming and Duelling, The Late Blumer, Village of Idiots, and The Grandkid. John taught writing for a decade at Studio 58 and sporadically at the Vancouver Film School and National Theatre School. He lives with his wife in Kingston, Ontario, where he has been a professor at Queen’s since 2000. He intends to retire in 2020–from Queen’s, that is; as a playwright he plans to be found dead at the laptop, many years from now, working on the next one.

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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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