Maiden Voyages: Ship's Company Theatre Premieres, 2000-2002

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Broken Jaw Press, 2003 - Drama - 191 pages
A heart warming and hilarious musical about life, young love, growing up and growing old, going down the road, making chairs, making do, and making fun. The story of Johnny Miles, Nova Scotia's Marathon King; a child-miner and grocery cart delivery boy who won the Boston Marathon twice and rose to the pantheon of all-time sports heroes. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Elizabeth Bishop's lifestory has all the ingredients of an artist's biography: struggle with adversity, financial challenges, public versus private life, a passion for beauty and truth and how to distill her experience of them into art. For 20 years, Ship's Company Theatre has played an integral role in the cultural life of Nova Scotia's picturesque Fundy Shore. The mission of the company is to be a centre for the production and development of Canadian and Atlantic theatre. Ship's Company has built a reputation for innovative theatrical staging of some of the finest original theatre on the East Coast. All this in a unique and remarkable performance venue--under a bright blue tent aboard the M.V. Kipawo, last of the Minas Basin ferries.
 

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Contents

Introduction by Scott Burke
7
Sole Survivors by Donna E Smyth
127
About the Authors
190
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Michael Melski is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from Cape Breton Island. His plays include Joyride, Caribou, and Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad. He was playwright-in-residence at the Shaw Festival. A screenwriter and film director, Michael wrote the features Mile Zero and Touch and Go, and the half-hour films Serenade and Lift Off. Michael has been called "An Important New Voice in Canadian Fiction" by Atlantic Books Today. He divides his time between Halifax and Toronto.

Donna E. Smyth has been playwright with Mermaid Theatre for Young Audiences in Wolfville NS. Her books include Giant Anna (Playwrights Canada); Running to Paradise (Gaspereau); Quilt (Roseway), and a new collection of short stories, Among the Saints (Roseway, 2003).

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