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Maggie and Pierre & The Duchess (print) by Linda Griffiths

Part fairy tale, part historical treatise, these two modern epics from one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed playwrights examine the landscape of changing nations and opposing ideals.

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Maggie and Pierre & The Duchess (print)

Maggie and Pierre

A one-woman show chronicling the relationship that shaped a modern nation, Maggie and Pierre presents an idealized society with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the philosopher king of Canada, Margaret Trudeau as his flower-child wife, and journalist Henry as the disillusioned reporter. Within this triangle of classic archetypes, personal love vies with love of country, and passion challenges reason, steering a nation’s history. Winner of the first Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, this inspired story still crackles with the energy that took the country by storm at the height of the Trudeaus’ popularity.

“An often funny and usually intelligent attempt to use the Trudeaus—their relationship with each other and with us—as a touchstone for the shattered ideals, the betrayed hopes and the still-simmering tensions of the past decade.”
—Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

The Duchess, aka Wallis Simpson

The Duchess enters the audacious world of Wallis Simpson—from the filth of Shanghai brothels to the regal splendour of Buckingham Palace—shedding light on the infamous woman for whom King Edward VIII would eventually abdicate his throne. In this adult Alice in Wonderland, Wallis’s personified jewels, her Royal Court chorus, and the royal family themselves dance us through the personal, the political, and the fabulist, giving us a glimpse at the life of the controversial woman who diverted the course of the twentieth century.

“A clever, witty piece that swirls together Wallis and Edward, Hitler, Noël Coward, the future Queen Mum, and even Simpson’s personified jewels.”
—Jon Kaplan and Glen Sumi, NOW Magazine

Additional Information

Title Maggie and Pierre & The Duchess (print)
ISBN 13 9781770911789
Genre Award Winner, Classic Canadian Plays, Drama, Women Writers
Contributor(s) Linda Griffiths

Also available as an ebook.


Agent Michael Petrasek at Kensington Literary, (416) 848-9648
Year 2014

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