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The Short Tree and the Bird that Could Not Sing

by (author) Dennis Foon

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
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Dennis Foon was born in Detroit, Michigan but has lived the majority of his life in Vancouver, B.C. He has degrees from the Universities of Michigan and British Columbia. Founding Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre, Foon has written more than 20 award-winning plays produced in Canada and internationally for adults and young people. Upon leaving Green Thumb in 1988, he began writing screenplays and novels, which now occupy most of his time. Among other, he has won the CBC Literary Award, 1985 for The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing; the British Theatre Award, 1986 for Invisible Kids and the Chalmers Award, 1987, for Skin. His screenplay, Little Criminals, was broadcast on CBC television in 1996.

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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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