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Playwrights Canada Press Spring 2021

Coming in spring 2021

By Jessica Lewis Date: December 14, 2020 Tags: News

As we all look towards 2021 with hope for a fresh start, we can at least be confident in knowing a whole new slate of fantastic Canadian plays is on its way! Check out what we have in store for you come spring!

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes
by Hannah Moscovitch
The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era.

Black Boys
by Saga Collectif (Virgilia Griffith, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tawiah M’Carthy, Thomas Antony Olajide, and Jonathan Seinen)
Black Boys uncovers the complex dynamics of the Black male experience through text, movement, and design, portraying the rhythm and vulnerability of three very different Black men who seek a deeper understanding of themselves, each other, and of how they encounter the world.

Yaga
by Kat Sandler
The myth of the old witch Baba Yaga twists into a new labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic, and multiple murder suspects in this comedic fairy tale meets whodunit.

The Bridge
by Shauntay Grant
Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, this gospel-infused tale explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour.

The Enchanted Loom
by Suvendrini Lena, translated by Dushy Gnanapragasam
The Sri Lankan civil war has torn Thangan’s family apart—from the loss of his eldest son to the crippling epileptic seizures caused by his torture. When brain surgery is presented as a cure for Thangan’s seizures, his family must decide if the surgery will give them a chance to heal or bring even more pain. 

A Perfect Bowl of Pho
by Nam Nguyen
A Vietnamese Canadian university student sets out to write a genre-bending musical about his diaspora as embodied by pho. 

WROL (Without Rule of Law)
by Michaela Jeffery
Hungry to learn the truth about the ominous disappearance of a local survivalist cult, a committed group of self-styled eighth-grade “preppers” sneak out at night to investigate a sinister doomsday shelter deep in the woods.  

Halfway There
by Norm Foster
A heartbroken doctor meets four gregarious women in a small Maritime town in this feel-good comedy about the true bonds of friendship.

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers
by Makambe K Simamba
A hoodie, Skittles, and a can of iced tea. Skittles. A Black teen goes on a journey through the afterlife. 

Through the Bamboo
by Andrea Mapili & Byron Abalos
In this Filipinx Canadian tale inspired by Philippine mythology, a twelve-year-old mourning her lola’s death is pulled into a fantastical world where stories are forbidden.

The Law of Gravity
by Olivier Sylvestre, translated by Bobby Theodore
In this moving story of identity and friendship, two genderqueer teens find refuge in one another as they fight against societal norms and plan for their futures. 

Andy’s Gone
by Marie-Claude Verdier, translated by Alexis Diamond
A princess threatens to expose the truth behind her cousin’s death and the storm outside her kingdom’s walls in this contemporary retelling of Antigone for young adults. 

When Words Sing: Seven Canadian Libretti
edited by Julie Salverson
When Words Sing turns the spotlight on everything that goes into writing for opera, featuring seven contemporary Canadian libretti. Featuring Ours by Robert Chafe, Rocking Horse Winner by Anna Chatterton, Beatrice Chancy by George Elliott Clarke, Missing by Marie Clements, Nigredo Hotel by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Shelter by Julie Salverson, and Dog Days by Royce Vavrek. 

New Essays in Canadian Theatre Vol. 11: Digital Performance in Canada
edited by David Owen
A necessary new collection of essays on the influence and ubiquity of digital technology on performance practices in Canada, as explored through space, bodies, and relationships. 

Long Live the New Flesh: Six Plays from the Digital Frontier
edited by David Owen  
This exciting new anthology of Canadian digital theatre includes Avatar by Freya Olafson, You Are Very Star by The Electric Company, Helen Lawrence by Chris Haddock and Stan Douglas, Muse by Barbra French, Town Choir by Theatre Replacement, and Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome by Andy Thompson, Tyler Clarke, and Finn Ghosh-Luedke.

All of these titles are available for pre-order now! 

Which ones are you excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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