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Category E

Category E

By Belinda Cornish
Introduction by Ruth Bratt
Subjects: Women Writers, Western Playwrights, Alberta, Horror, Science & Scientists
Casting: 3 actors
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770919785, 120 pages, April 2019

Description

I didn’t think we got to have names.

Two human test subjects—Corcoran, a half-blind paraplegic, and Filigree, a clinical psychopath—coexist in a laboratory cell. They are sterilized, property of the state, and utilized for the benefit of higher-valued citizens. In their cell are two beds and two chairs. But then Millet arrives. Within thirty-six hours there will only be two again. In the meantime, they play Monopoly, try to figure out who is next door, eat what is given to them, and do their best not to kill each other.

This black comedy takes a wry and unsentimental look at the cavalier cruelties of animal science and asks how we place value on life.

Reviews

“There’s certainly a dash of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter here, not to mention a little bit of Beckett’s Endgame. ”—J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

“A gem of grim science fiction. ” —Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre

“Great theatre disturbs its audiences from time to time. Great theatre energizes an audience. Great theatre provides a riveting story. Category E is an astonishing play. ” —Joe Szekeres, OnStage Blog