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playwrights canada press spring 2019

Coming in spring 2019

A little guarantee that there will be some good in the new year.

By Playwrights Canada Press Date: November 30, 2018

We are so excited to share the books that we'll be publishing in the first half of 2019! We'll have stories of strong women, questionable ethics, honoured identities, all kinds of families, and immigration. Take a look below! You can also see the full print catalogue online or request a mailed copy (the latter by December 21st).  

What a Young Wife Ought to Know
by Hannah Moscovitch

Set in 1920s Canada, a young working-class couple fall madly in love, marry and have babies. When their doctors warn them against more pregnancies, they’re forced to choose between a sexless marriage and the dangers of do-it-yourself birth control.

Other Side of the Game
by Amanda Parris

Two stories of young Black women run parallel—one with the backdrop of the urgent activism of the 1970s, the other with the rhythm of today’s unapologetic Hip Hop Generation—as they gain strength in themselves and their communities, protect their incarcerated loved ones, and battle for justice.

Bang Bang
by Kat Sandler

A white playwright uses the shooting of an unarmed young Black man by a female police officer as a “jumping off point” for his hit play that is soon to be adapted into a major movie. As Hollywood comes knocking for the writer, he makes a surprise visit to the home of the officer involved. 

Birds of a Kind
by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau

In this sweeping new drama from the prolific Wajdi Mouawad, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits close to home as a family is forced to confront everything they know about their identities.

Body Politic
by Nick Green

The birth, life, and death of Canada’s first gay-liberation newspaper are examined in this historical drama that tracks the massive shifts of queer identity and politics over generations.

Hilda's Yard
by Norm Foster

It’s 1956 and Hilda Fluck just wants to hang laundry in the backyard while her husband Sam goes out to buy a shiny new television. But when their thirtysomething kids Gary and Janey – who had finally left home – come barrelling over the fence looking for urgent excuses from their lives, the family Fluck must celebrate how they can be together rather than apart.

Cake
by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

In this stark and poetic musing on the nature and poisons of survival, a group of shady businessmen, a servant, and a craftsman provide a critical look at oppression and trade in resources, inspired by acts between Niger and Iran.

Marriage: A Demolition in Two Acts
by Rick Chafe

Put away the knives, because tensions are rising in this kitchen renovation.

Category E
by Belinda Cornish

In a world where people are filtered through eugenics profiling into those worthy of life and those not, three test subjects in a laboratory await their fate.

The Bears Sleep At Last
by Geneviève Billette, translated by Nadine Desrochers

Between a man who can’t ease polar bears into hibernation and a boy who is desperate to stay in one place, a beautiful story is woven together about asking for help when one really needs it.

Theatre and (Im)migration: New Essays on Canadian Theatre Vol. 10
edited by Yana Meerzon

A collection of essays on the impact that immigrant artists have made and continue to make on the development of Canadian theatre, and how they’re prompting audiences to rethink fundamental concepts of nationalism and multiculturalism.

Scripting (Im)migration: New Canadian Plays
edited by Yana Meerzon

An anthology of plays by immigrant artists in Canada that represent issues in communication, historic moments, immigrant and refugee experiences, and more.

Keep an eye out for exclusive excerpts, interviews, and more here on the blog!

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