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down from heaven

down from heaven

By Colleen Wagner
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Women Writers
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770910065, 112 pages, September 2011
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770910089, 112 pages, September 2011
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770910072, 112 pages, September 2011

Description

A virus has plagued the city and residents are quarantined. Curfews have been imposed and rumours of government corruption abound. Bureaucratic red tape is creating a food crisis. Laurel and her parents are imprisoned in the basement of their stately home, relying on the generosity of their former gardener, Cheater, for information and supplies. While Laurel and her family struggle just to survive, Cheater becomes intoxicated with his new-found power as a member of the Security and Surveillance police. Laurel must act as go-between if she is to liberate her family from their basement cell, and enters the dark and convoluted world of Cheater, discovering in the process startling revelations about herself, politics, art, violence, and the man they have become dependent upon.

Reviews

"…a magnificent play." —Anna Fuerstenberg, Montreal Arts Uncovered

"…there is rich text to feed on, a psychological thriller element, and some scathing observations about high culture and traditional religion." —Pat Donnelly, The Montreal Gazette