What becomes of Anton, a talented young pianist, when the bright artistic future that has been promised to him since childhood, fails to materialize?
What surprises does life have in store for Nina who is a beautiful and talented young singer and an aspiring classical vocalist?
Two years of drudgery, playing in small Russian cities for a modest salary and living close to the poverty line, convinces Anton that enough is enough. He decides to emigrate to Canada, where he is confident that the life of a musician would be much easier and vastly more rewarding. He eventually persuades his reluctant wife to abandon her own vocal career in Moscow and to emigrate with him.
The new Canadian immigrants soon learn that the roads are not paved with gold in their adopted country either. Will they finally achieve artistic success in Canada or might they be forced to return to Russia? Will the couple's marriage endure?
Music of the Wandering Stars is a tale of discovery, romance, and destiny. It reminds us all of the inner battle we all face with love and what it does to us.
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Here are some creative ways to tell your spouse, “I love you.”
Is it more important to love … or to be loved? Valentine’s Day is the occasion when you can experience both.
With a little help from our friends, here are creative ways to tell your spouse, “I love you.”
1. On small pieces of paper, write down every kind of kiss that you can think of (examples: passionate, on the cheek, etc.). Then fill an inexpensive red felt bag with your “kisses” and give it to your spouse. Ask your spouse to pull several pieces of paper from the felt bag, and then give your sweetheart whatever kind of kiss is described.
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Finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Award for Drama
Penelope Douglas is an ex–forensic psychiatrist looking for a fresh start in a western boomtown grown three sizes too crazy. But then a television writer offs himself in her sleek bathroom and her oil-wife friend pronounces Penelope her baby's godmother. Will she be able to find heart in this wild and soulless landscape? Will she have to smudge her lipstick to "cowboy up"? Drama, a new play by the master of edgy dark humor, has all the answers.
Karen Hines is the author of Hello . . . Hello (A Romantic Satire) and The Pochsy Plays. A Second City alumna, Hines has appeared in numerous television and film productions and is the director of cult horror clowns Mump & Smoot.
Nicolas Billon's plays and translations have been produced at the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, and Canadian Stage. Fault Lines won the Governor General's Award, and his first play, The Elephant Song, is being developed into a film starring Catherine Keener.
[boxhead]: a bedtime story for your brain.
Of the Fields, Lately won the Chalmers Award in 1973.
Walt Wingfield is a Bay Street stockbroker who quits his job and buys a hundred-acre farm in Persephone Township, Ontario. In a series of letters to the editor of the local newspaper, Walt chronicles his modest successes and spectacular defeats in an age when farming has become difficult for farmers old and new. Dan Needles' rich and charming rural neighbourhood may be difficult to find on a map but it is very close to the Canadian soul.
Including a new introduction from Dan Needles, the writer who brought this marvellous world to life 27 years ago, and all your favourite mishaps, triumphs and eccentric neighbours Wingfield's World is the full story of one man's attempt to embrace a less complicated world and how he ends up with more complication and drama, and more love and richness than he could have imagined.
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In this oddly peaceful world, Cassandra, a salesgirl at a clothing store called the Abyss, meets a charismatic ad man named Ben in the graveyard where she is mourning her lover, the last true artist on earth. They find themselves helplessly attracted to one another. Ben walks Cassandra home and invites her out to dinner, which leads to sex, marriage and a house in Semi-Residentia. Then comes baby. All one and a half inches of her.
Hello … Hello, nominated for several Dora awards, including Best Play and Best Musical, is a tragic, comedic and curiously erotic attack on western society’s predilection for escapist consumerism and entertainment. If the boy-meets-girl musical is the shiny happy ball, then the content of the play, and its characters, are the poison held within.
Recently divorced, Michael Redhill goes to Poland to get away frm his life and to do some research on the Holocaust. Thwarted by witnesses unwilling to talk, he returns home via England, but in London is introduced to someone who can tell him a 'real' story of evil. Through this reluctant witness, Redhill learns of a genocide. He encounters, through the memory of the storyteller, an alleged war criminal, about to be put on trial. But this is an old man with Alzheimer's who can no longer remember the time his crimes were allegedly committed. Has his guilt dissolved with his memory? Could he be pretending to be ill in order to escape punishment? The witness conjures for Redhill the war criminal's passionate and beautiful daughter, who will defend her father at all costs. There is also the prosecuting attorney, who has much in common with the old man whose destruction he seeks. As well as an uncomfortable attraction to his daughter. Each is drawn to the other. All is witnessed by a female prison guard – the one who tells the playwright, years later, what really happened in the quest to give a nation some closure. Everyone's story is compelling, and the ending is as unexpected as it is shocking.
Who do we believe? A prison guard still wounded by history? A writer suffering from heartache? A dying war criminal? What is our responsibility? Who does memory serve? Did the past really happen? And if it did, who has a claim on it?
Goodness is a play about what happens in the gaps between experiencing, telling and hearing.
In The Wedding Pool, three single friends in unsatisfactory jobs decide to place a bet on who will marry first. The friends – waitress and wannabe dancer Sylvia, rock critic Miles and inventory manager Dave – open a joint account to which they each contribute $50 a month, the final sum to be collected by the first to tie the knot. But when Miles starts dating the bank teller who opens their account, the friends realize much more is at stake and are forced to consider their individual fears and failings.
In Lena’s Car, a woman whose marriage has stalled reflects on how it got to that point, harkening back to her youth, when she was just a Young Girl in a Small Town Looking for Trouble. Picking over the memories of her adolescence, she attempts to figure out why she ended up in a disintegrating relationship and just when her life became like everyone else's.
Hippies and Bolsheviks set in 1970s British Columbia, a hotbed of hippie idealism, is a comedy based on the big ideas of the long-haired revolution. Star stumbles home from a Led Zeppelin concert with a draft dodger. A bizarre love triangle develops the next morning as Allan (Green Tree), a defector from the same commune Star fled, shows up on her doorstep. As The Establishment gains more ground, three dropouts struggle to hold on to their ideals.
Trout Stanley is about three people who confuse codependence for co-operation and affliction for affection. An eccentric, captivating story in which the biggest catch of all is love.
Lavishly illustrated by Jason Logan.
Age of Arousal is a lavish, sexy, frenetic ensemble piece about the forbidden and gloriously liberated self – genre-busting, rule-bending, and ambitiously original.
Leaving Home was named one of the 100 Most Influential Canadian Books by the Literary Review of Canada.
“Arthur Milner’s plays are always smart, engaging and contemporary. Milner is a man of his times who never talks down to his audience, even as he courts and incites strong reactions. We forgive him, though because he entertains us with clever and funny characters. He seems incapable of writing a character without a sense of humour.”
“theatre stripped to its essence...a challenging piece of work...factually fascinating and a skillful piece of writing...driven by a powerful and frightening logic.”
—Jill Lawless, Now Magazine
“one of the greatest examples of artistic moral courage I’ve ever witnessed...leads its audience onto very slippery moral ground and leaves the viewer to grope for his or her own answers...Writing and stagin Masada was an act of moral courage.”
—Brian Gorman, Ottawa Sun
“riveting...Milner has dared tackle one of the most difficult and explosive political questions on earth...a strong will, a confident pen, clear thinking, a well-informed human being, and a writer passionately engaged...This is a powerful play.”
—Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle
“Facts is a stimulating and provocative piece of theatre which delivers a fascinating political and philosophical debate without reducing the characters to talking heads.”
—Jamie Portman, Postmedia News
Invited into a house that appears from the outside to be abandoned, they learn the survival skills needed to live in a society that treats people as disposable. They discover how some have adapted to living in the margins.
As they tune in to the voice of Anima Mundi, the soul of our planet, they weave a path through the fabric of their community, exploring themes of pipelines, despair, loss, and recovery.
Join them as they discover the healing power of caring, restoring our planet, forming healthy relationships, listening deeply, and building community.