Mourning Dove

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2005 - Drama - 82 pages
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A life of pain is all twelve-year-old Tina Ramsay has ever known, and Doug is not convinced her next operation will make a difference. His wife, Sandra, believes it's their only choice. Keith, a family friend with challenges of his own, busies himself carving a dove to accompany Tina at the rehab centre where she'll recover. When Doug takes matters—and Tina's life—into his own hands, no one is prepared for the fallout. Relationships are ruptured, assumptions are turned inside out. Mourning Dove asks difficult questions about mercy killing, familial loyalty, and personal ethics versus public morality. Controversial and challenging, it is a timely reminder of the power of theatre to transform age-old questions into art.

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About the author (2005)

Born and raised in Montreal, Emil Sher taught English at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to Canada to pursue a degree in creative writing. He has written professionally ever since, in a variety of genres, including stage plays, radio dramas, short fiction, essays, and children's television. He is particularly drawn to character-driven stories, narratives fuelled by individuals struggling to navigate their way through a world rarely of their own making. His works for stage include the adaptation of Hana's Suitcase, Mourning Dove, Derailed, and Sanctuary. His radio plays have been broadcast around the world, and three have been collected in Making Waves. Emil lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters but spends summers (and as many weekends as he can squeeze in) in Morin Heights, Quebec.

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