Hot Thespian Action!
Ten Premiere Plays from Walterdale Playhouse
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
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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