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The Thrill

The Thrill

By Judith Thompson
Subjects: Women Writers, Disability Theatre, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 2 f, 2 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770913219, 128 pages, February 2015
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770913233, 128 pages, February 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770913226, 128 pages, February 2015


Elora Dixon is a vibrant, middle-aged lawyer and disability-rights activist who has never walked a step in her life. A neuromuscular disease left her with a curved spine and a reliance on around-the-clock care. Nonetheless, she is an inexorable force when chance pits her against the notorious Julian Summer, who is in town promoting his internationally bestselling book. Julian is a fervent supporter of euthanasia, and Elora is the counter-argument—a living rebuke to parents who want the option of euthanizing a disabled newborn. So it comes as a shock, especially to Elora, when the two find themselves acutely attracted to one another. Will she learn to negotiate her feelings and her convictions, or will Julian’s beliefs begin to colour her own?


"One of Canada’s most thoughtful playwrights, Thompson excels in creating poetic, exciting onologues for her characters and The Thrill has a number of them: speeches that make us sit up, listen and consider even the most mundane situation or detail in a fresh way. " —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine