Hot Thespian Action!
584 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Oct 2008

Hot Thespian Action!

Ten Premiere Plays from Walterdale Playhouse

Edited by Robin Whittaker
Athabasca University Press

In Hot Thespian Action! Robin Whittaker argues that newplays can thrive in amateur theatres, which have freedoms unavailableto professionalized companies. And he proves it with 10 relevant,engaging playscripts originally produced by one of Canada’slongest-running theatres, Edmonton’s acclaimed Walterdale TheatreAssociates.

This collection challenges notions that amateur theatre is solely aphenomenon of the pre-professional past. Whittaker makes an importantcontribution to Canadian theatre studies with the first North Americananthology in 80 years to collect plays first produced by anonprofessionalized theatre company.

Plays by • Brad Fraser • Mary Glenfield • WarrenGraves • Gordon Pengilly • Barbara Sapergia & GeoffreyUrsell • Trevor Schmidt • Jonathan Seinen • ScottSharplin • Mark Stubbings • Wilfred Watson

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

General Introduction

The Plays

The Canadian Fact (1967) / Wilfred Watson

Chief Shaking Spear Rides Again or The Taming of the Sioux(1974) / Warren Graves

Mutants (1981) / Brad Fraser

Swipe (1981) / Gordon Pengilly

The Tenth Negative Pig (1983) / Barbara Sapergia andGeoffrey Ursell

The Three Sillies (1983) / Mary Glenfield

Just (1999) / Trevor Schmidt

The Beaver Effect (2002) / Mark Stubbings

[ice land] (2003) / Jonathan Seinen

The Trial of Salomé (2007) / Scott Sharplin

Appendix I: New Plays Premiered by Walterdale Theatre Associates

Appendix II: Music



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