Blood Relations and Other Plays

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NeWest Press, 2002 - Drama - 336 pages
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This brand new edition features the plays that established Sharon Pollock as a major Canadian playwright and gained her many accolades, among them, the first ever Governor General's award for drama for 'Blood Relations' in 1981. In the four plays in this collection Pollock uses historical backdrops to tackle the issue of freedom of choice in the midst of physical and emotional confinement. Her characters are the oppressed, from the spinster Lizzie Borden in the title play, 'Blood Relations', to the prisoners of 'One Tiger to a Hill', to Leah, 'chosen' daughter/mistress of rum runner Mr Big in 'Whiskey Six Cadenza'. In 'Generations', she uses a regional setting of a prairie farm kitchen to examine the tensions and affections of a family, and their relationship to 'The Land'. Pollock's skilfully driven action and keen ear for dialect make for a satisfying read for drama- and fiction-lovers alike.

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Born in 1936 in Fredricton#44 New Brunswick#44 Sharon Pollock has written over a dozen published stage plays#46 She moved to Alberta in 1966 and has been a major figure in Prairie and Canadian theatre ever since#46 Pollock has taught at the University of Alberta#44 led the playwright s colony of Banff Centre for the Arts#44 and was the artistic director at Theatre Calgary and Theatre New Brunswick#46 Pollock now lives in Calgary where she has been the Playwright in Residence at Theatre Junction since 1999#44 where she premiered her three latest plays#44 Moving Pictures#44 End Dreams#44 and Angels Trumpet#

ANNE NOTHOF#44 editor#44 is a professor of English at Athabasca University in Alberta#44 and has published extensively on Canadian and British drama in such journals as Modern Drama#44 Essays in Theatre#44 Studies in Canadian Literature and Australian Canadian Studies#46 She has presented papers at university conferences in many Canadian cities#44 and in Russia#44 Israel#44 the United States#44 and Mexico#46For twelve years#44 she co produced and hosted weekly program#44 Theatre of the Air #44 on CKUA Radio Network#44 which featured plays from Greek to modern times including new productions of Alberta plays for radio#

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