Hot Thespian Action!: Ten Premiere Plays from Walterdale Playhouse

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Robin C. Whittaker
Athabasca University Press, 2008 - Drama - 569 pages
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In Hot Thespian Action! Robin Whittaker argues that new plays can thrive in amateur theatres, which have freedoms unavailable to professional companies. He proves it with ten relevant, engaging playscripts originally produced by one of Canada's longest-running theatres, Edmonton's acclaimed Walterdale Theatre Associates. This collection challenges notions that amateur theatre is solely a phenomenon of the pre-professional past. Whittaker makes an important contribution to Canadian theatre studies with the first North American anthology in 80 years to collect plays first produced by a nonprofessionalized theatre company.

 

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Contents

Overview
2
A View of Amateur Theatre Practised in the Professional Era
8
The Canadian Fact 1967 by Wilfred Watson
16
Chief Shaking Spear Rides Again or The Taming of the Sioux 1974
36
Mutants 1981 by Brad Fraser
83
Swipe 1981 by Gordon Pengilly
186
The Tenth Negative Pig 1983
254
The Three Sillies 1983 by Mary Glenfield
343
Just 1999 by Trevor Schmidt
373
The Beaver Effect 2002 by Mark Stubbings
382
ice land 2003 by Jonathan Seinen
412
The Trial of Salomé 2007 by Scott Sharplin
457
The Tenth Negative Pig
546
BIBLIOGRAPHY
561
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About the author (2008)

Robin C. Whittaker is completing doctoral work at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on theatre in Canada and has taught, directed, and dramaturged at universities across the country.

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