Compiled by Hannah Bellamy
It’s impossible to create a definitive list of must-read Canadian plays, but here are some standout Canadian voices who should find their way on to everyone’s reading list!
Palace of the End by Judith Thompson
A searing triptych of three monologues all exposing the ugly truth behind the headlines of the war in Iraq.
Goodness by Michael Redhill
This remarkable autobiographical play is Russian-doll-like: concentric stories enveloping each other. A writer is told, in confidence, a terrible tale of murder and injustice and he promises never to repeat the story. Goodness is the writer breaking his word.
Gas Girls by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Gigi and Lola live by one motto: love for gas, gas for cash, cash for living, living for love. Living in Zimbabwe’s depressed economy, both women live day-by-day, plying their trade with the truck drivers that stop at the border.
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
A mother falls into complete silence. Upon her death, her twin children are asked to uncover the source of that silence. They must find the father they never knew, and the brother they never knew they had. Their journey begins in Montreal but the answers lie in the rubble of a war-torn desert.
Brothel #9 by Anusree Roy
Provocative and moving, Brothel #9 is about the power of the human spirit and its ability to triumph in the face of corruption and suffering. Brothel #9 was recently produced in Vancouver by Touchstone Theatre as part of Diwali Fest. Did you see it at The Cultch?
The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble by Beth Graham
Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter.
Age of Minority: Three Plays by Jordan Tannahill
Three of Jordan Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works are featured in this collection, including Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95.
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