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War is about four guys in high school, each trying in his own way to be a man. But since none of them really have any idea what that means, or how you’re supposed to do it, they really screw up.

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War (print)

Shane, Tommy, Brad, and Andy are disconnected from themselves, and everyone around them because they’ve been taught, as part of “being a man,” to be aggressive and invulnerable. Language is used to reduce, disparage, and control others. In this play, Dennis Foon invents a slang for the characters to speak, to point at the way we use words as weapons.

"Growing up to be a man is not easy in a society where brutality and aggression are a means of survival and dreams are held at knife-point. And Foon's teens do have dreams. Their hopes are voiced in soliloquies that are often lyrical and powerful." —Jennifer Sullivan, CM Magazine

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Title War (print)
ISBN 13 9780887548260
Genre Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), Western Canadian Theatre
Contributor(s) Dennis Foon
Guillermo Verdecchia
Agent Michael Petrasek at Kensington Literary, (416) 848-9648
Year 2006

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