In language that is at once poetic and vernacular, Don Hannah creates characters and stories that long remain with the reader and audience. The three plays in Shoreline explore that most basic and complicated of emotional territories: the family.
Produced at the Tarragon Theatre in the 1998-99 season, Fathers and Sons is a tender and funny evocation of one lifelong relationship captured in four movements.
When Running Far Back was produced at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa in 1994, the Ottawa Citizen called it "theatre at its most passionate, powerful best." The play is the emotional thirty-year journey of a brother and sister as they move from violence, through anger, towards forgiveness and hope.
As timely today as when it opened in 1986, Rubber Dolly is a memory play gritty, hilarious, and tragic that tells the story of Fern, runaway teenager and single mother.
With an introduction by Urjo Kareda, artistic director of Tarragaon Theatre in Toronto.
Don Hannah's plays include The Wedding Script, In the Lobster Capital of the World, and The Wooden Hill. His novel, The Wise and Foolish Virgins, has been published by Knopf Canada and by Granta in the U.K. He has been writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre, the Canadian Stage Company, the University of New Brunswick, and for the Yukon Public Library System. He has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.
"A near-flawless thriller where virgins and mircales co-habit with dark desires and unpredicted deaths."
"The characters in these powerful plays linger in the memory for a very long time."