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White Biting Dog

by (author) Judith Thompson

Playwrights Canada Press
Initial publish date
May 1984
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    Publish Date
    May 1984
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A suicidal young man is rescued by a white dog who gives him a mission: save his father from death. His mission flounders until the dog's owner helps him by bringing his reluctant mother back into the family.Winner of the 1984 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.

About the author


Judith Thompson is a two-time winner of the Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada and in 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Palace of the End. Judith is a professor of drama at the University of Guelph and lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.



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  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

Editorial Reviews

"Judith Thompson's White Biting Dog... is orgiastic and poetic in its use of language, excessive in its theatricality, and achieves its power by an accretion of extraordinary images… Any play… which pushes against the limits of theatrical naturalism has to accomplish one very difficult thing: it has to create its own world. Miss Thompson, in White Biting Dog, does this. And that is an amazing accomplishment… Thompson has the best ear of any playwright now writing in Canada."

The Globe and Mail

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