Mother Tongue

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Scirocco Drama, 1996 - Drama - 46 pages
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Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. Monster, a one–man play, begins in the total darkness of a movie theatre. After a long silence, someone in the audience rudely shushes his neighbour, and the show begins. Daniel MacIvor transforms himself into a series of characters whose lives seem eerily related. There’s the young boy who tells the story of the neighbour lad who hacked up his father in the basement. There are alcoholic Al and whiny Janine, the lovers who quarrel, make up, and decide to marry after seeing a movie about a lad who…well, same thing. There's the ex–drunk who dreamed up the movie, but got no credit because he was said to have stolen the idea from a famous unfinished film, a claim that so angered him that he went back on the sauce. And there’s the movie maker who made that incomplete epic.

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
7
Section 3
8
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Betty Quan has written and/or adapted over a dozen acclaimed plays for stage and radio. "Mother Tongue" was nominated for a Jessie Award for best new play, as well as the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. Betty's professional credits also encompass writing and story editing for film and television, and she has published fiction for young readers. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a member of both the Playwrights Union of Canada and the Writers' Guild of Canada.

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