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Drama Anthologies (multiple Authors)

Sheer Nerve

Seven Plays

by (author) Linda Griffiths

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Anthologies (multiple authors), Canadian
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
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Sheer Nerve presents Linda Griffiths's early plays: from Maggie & Pierre, the phenomenal examination of politics and celebrity that launched her career; through the riveting spiritual odyssey of Jessica, written in collaboration with Aboriginal author and activist Maria Campbell; and the honest courage of The Darling Family's journey through the minefield of unplanned pregnancy; to her popular hit The Duchess, and the "scandalous" ambition of American divorcée Wallis Simpson—Griffiths gives us theatre of a new order, with rigorous self-reflection and characters who defy notoriety. A challenge to mediocrity, Griffiths's plays are inspiring, gutsy, and passionate, placing her in the highest dramatic traditions of our time. Also includes O.D. on Paradise, Brother Andre's Heart, and A Game of Inches.

About the author

Linda Griffiths is an actress, producer, and writer. Griffiths is a founding member of 25th Street Theatre in Saskatoon and one of the original cast members in its collective creation Paper Wheat (1978), which toured sold-out houses across Canada. A year later, she performed in another collective creation, Les Maudits Anglais, in Montreal under the direction of future co-writer, Paul Thompson. Griffiths’s first major success came when she and Thompson collaborated to write Maggie and Pierre, a one-person, three-character play that bases its narrative structure on events in Pierre and Margaret Trudeau’s life together. Maggie and Pierre toured Canada, played the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and Off Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre.

Griffiths has also written O.D. in Paradise (first produced in 1982 at 25th Street Theatre); Jessica (with Maria Campbell, first produced in 1984 at 25th Street Theatre and later at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille in 1986); The Darling Family (first produced in 1991 at Theatre Passe Muraille, made in 1993 into a feature film); Brother André’s Heart (first produced in 1992 at Crow’s Theatre, Toronto); and The Duchess (first produced in 1998 at Theatre Passe Muraille). Between 1986 and 1988, Griffiths was co-artistic director of Theatre Passe Muraille, along with Layne Coleman and Clarke Rogers. Griffiths has received many awards for her contributions to the theatre world. She has won five Dora Mavor Moore awards, including wins for Maggie and Pierre (1980), O.D. in Paradise (1983), Jessica (1986), and Alien Creature (2000); a Gemini award; two Chalmers Canadian Play Awards for Jessica (1986) and Alien Creature (2000); and a Quizanne International Festival award for Jessica (1987). She has twice been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Griffiths started her own company, Duchess Productions (1997), which produced the tour of Alien Creature. In addition to her plays, Griffiths writes fiction and poetry. In 1999, an anthology of her work, Sheer Nerve: Seven Plays by Linda Griffiths, was published. Her latest play, The Age of Arousal, premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects’s Enbridge playRites Festival in 2007.

Linda Griffiths' profile page


  • Winner, Chalmers New Play Award
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award - Best New Play
  • Winner, Quizanne International Theatre Award
  • Winner, Chalmers New Play Award
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award - Best New Play
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award - Best New Play
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award - Best New Play

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