Plays by Women

A Live Bird In Its Jaws

A Live Bird In Its Jaws

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Drama, this is a play within a play. Hélène is writing a play which draws heavily on the past of her lover and his twin brother, but refuses to reveal the tragic ending until the actual staging of the piece. >>

Emphysema (A Love Story)

Emphysema (A Love Story)

Silent-film performer Louise Brookes was living in obscurity when bad-boy theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, who was infatuated with her film persona Lulu, tracked her down for a New Yorker profile. In a script crackling with wit, Munsil recreates their encounter. >>

Evidence to the Contrary

Evidence to the Contrary

Lena Fulvi has been arrested for her mother's murder. She insists it was an accident, but she has been accused by a nurse who saw her do the deed, and her sisters happily furnish a motive. But the Inspector questioning Lena is not convinced. >>

L’Affaire Tartuffe, The Garrison Officers Rehearse Molière

L’Affaire Tartuffe, The Garrison Officers Rehearse Molière

A riveting drama of cross-cultural love affairs, seditious plans to join the Yankees and the stranglehold of Church and State, L'Affaire Tartuffe is inspired by historical fact: this was the first performance by anglophones in Québec, put on by British garrison officers stationed in Montreal. >>

Magpie, Having, Hunger Striking

Magpie, Having, Hunger Striking

Three plays from award-winning playwright Kit Brennan which explore secrets, obsessions, and desire through the stories of three women, Bernice, the victim of small-town repression, Sarah, a former anorexia sufferer and young Erin, whose epileptic seizures leave her scared and vulnerable. >>

Spring Planting

Spring Planting

Spring Planting tells the story of two widowed neighbours, one an illiterate elder, the other a suddenly single mother. Their new circumstances are made yet more difficult by younger family members who push them beyond tolerable limits. >>

The Last Journey of Captain Harte

The Last Journey of Captain Harte

A phone call from the nomadic Captain Harte, an old friend of her husband's, awakens a middle-aged widow's imagination. As the Captain makes his circuitous way home, she follows his journey and prepares for her own escape from her small prairie world. >>

The Queen of Queen Street

The Queen of Queen Street

Based on the life of Bertha Rand, Winnipeg's notorious Cat Lady, who battled her neighbours and city hall to save her cats, this play looks behind the headlines, giving a sensitive portrayal of the circumstances that led Bertha to retreat into squalid isolation with dozens of animals. >>

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