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Maureen Hunter

Maureen Hunter is one of CanadaÂ?s most accomplished playwrights. Her work has been produced extensively on CanadaÂ?s major stages, as well as in Britain and the U.S. and has been nominated for two Governor General*#146;s Awards, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Outstanding New Play) and the Elinor and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Her plays include Atlantis, premiered in English by Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Calgary in 1996 and in French by Theatre de la Manufacture, Montreal, in 1999, and Transit of Venus, which received its Canadian premiere at MTC in 1992 and in 1993 became the first Canadian play ever staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company of Britain. It received its U.S. premiere in 1998 at the Bershire Festival, Stockbridge, Mass. Other plays include Vinci, Footprints on the Moon, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, and I Met A Bully on the Hill (coâ??written with Martha Brooks). Maureen lives in Winnipeg, where she is currently at work on a new play, Wild Mouth, set in Saskatchewan in 1917, and a libretto of Transit of Venus for Manitoba Opera.

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The Queen of Queen Street
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Bertha:

A cat is a miracle, that's what I believe. Lights up the house, like—electricity. First you have nothing but candles, and kerosene lamps, and you stumble around in the dark, banging your toes. Straining your eyes. Then you take a cat in your lap and—snap! Revelation!

Beat.

So. That's it, then, that's settled. A house, and a cat. That's my future right there—sprawled across my knee like a map.

Shift to Queen Street. Autumn, late 1960s. The lights peppering the stage begin to move, sway, swirl.

What's that? What's happening?

Picks up the cat, rises, turns upstage.

And what's this? Another cat? And another, and another and another and—and they all want to be with me! Well. Never thought of this, never thought of being—popular. Oh, just look. Beautiful, did you ever in your life see anything so...hungry, though. Why are they all so hungry? Why, these cats are starving! That's people for you. Oh yes! That's the milk of human kindness. Well, don't you worry, kitty-cats. You've come to the right place now. You've found your way to the arms of the queen of Queen Street!

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Three Plays by Maureen Hunter

Footprints on the Moon; Beautiful Lake Winnipeg; Transit of Venus
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