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From L to R: Catherine Hernandez, Jordan Tannahill, Anosh Irani, Keith Barker, and Catherine Banks, holding their book recommendations

Five plays that will make great gifts

Check out these recommendations from playwrights Catherine Hernandez, Jordan Tannahill, Anosh Irani, Keith Barker, and Catherine Banks

By Jessica Lewis Date: December 10, 2020 Tags: Lists and recommendations

Stumped on what to get the theatre-lover in your life this year? We may be biased, but published scripts ensure a theatrical experience right from your own couch and on your own time! Plus, they look really good on shelves. Give your loved ones something to brag about with these great recommendations from your favourite playwrights! 

And don’t delay – everything on our website is 25% off until December 18!

Catherine Hernandez recommends Sound of the Beast by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Catherine Hernandez holds a copy of Sound of the Beast

"I am thrilled this play has been published because after I saw Donna-Michelle St. Bernard's performance, I desperately wanted to recall the wisdom she shared on that stage. The section titled 'Adjectives' hooked something in my throat and never let go. Buy a copy for yourself and everyone you know." 

-- Catherine Hernandez, award-winning author of Scarborough and Crosshairs; screenwriter of Scarborough the film; playwright of Singkil, Kilt Pins, and I Cannot Lie to the Stars That Made Me

Jordan Tannahill recommends The Writer by Ella Hickson

Jordan Tannahill holds a copy of The Writer

“A great gift for your fellow feminist is Ella Hickson’s The Writer, a take-no-prisoners play deconstructing gendered power dynamics in theatre with radical inventiveness.”

-- Jordan Tannahill, award-winning playwright of Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays and Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom, author of Liminal and Theatre of the Unimpressed, and director

Anosh Irani recommends Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau

Anosh Irani holds a copy of Scorched

“Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched is one of my favourite plays. It explores darkness but doesn’t become part of it. There is surprising beauty and terror at every turn, as the characters move towards forgiveness.” 

-- Anosh Irani, critically acclaimed playwright of Bombay Black, The Men in White, and Buffoon; bestselling author of The Parcel and Translated from the Gibberish: Seven Stories and One Half Truth

Keith Barker recommends Indian Act: Residential School Plays, edited by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Keith Barker holds a copy of Indian Act

“For anyone who hasn’t had the honour of reading these beautiful poignant plays, do yourself a favour and pick up this anthology.”

-- Keith Barker, award-winning playwright of This Is How We Got Here and The Hours That Remain and artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts

Catherine Banks recommends Mustard by Kat Sandler

Catherine Banks holds a copy of Mustard

Mustard by Kat Sandler is the play I'm giving the former theatre student on my Christmas list. Described as a twisted fairy tale, Kat creates a delicious story that is big and bold and beautifully delights in the theatrical form. I know Mustard will inspire my emerging playwriting colleague to be bold and to take risks.”

-- Catherine Banks, award-winning playwright of Bone Cage and It Is Solved By Walking

Remember, you can get all these books (plus ones by these playwrights) for 25% off until December 18!

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