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Past Lives - Performing Canada's Histories

Past Lives

Performing Canada's Histories

Edited by Heather Davis-Fisch
Subjects: History, Anthologies
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770917767, 496 pages, June 2017

Table of contents

Tecumseh by Charles Mair

The Birth of Montreal by Amy Redpath Roddick

Alexander Mackenzie by Merrill Denison

At My Heart’s Core by Robertson Davies

The Komagata Maru Incident by Sharon Pollock

Angélique by Lorena Gale

Please Do Not Touch the Indians by Joseph A. Dandurand


  • Commended, Patrick O'Neill Award 2019


A companion anthology to Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies, Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories brings together plays that not only stage moments in Canada’s past but also act historiographically, generating new histories for the present moments at which they were written and performed.

This anthology represents a wide range of literary and performance practices—ranging from poetic tragedy, to radio drama, to Indigenous satire—and, because of its broad generic and historical scope, also serves as an excellent survey of Canadian dramatic literature from Confederation to the present.