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Dead Metaphor

Dead Metaphor
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Author: George F. Walker
Introduction by: Jerry Wasserman
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 198
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0889229287
ISBN-13: 9780889229280
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About the Play:

The collection Dead Metaphor contains three full-length dramas by George F. Walker. Canada's top playwright sears the page with three darkly comic plays that denounce political culture, individualism, and the accompanying moral depravity.

The title play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politician's personal and professional lives, complicated by a son's return from Afghanistan. When Dean returns home from the war in the Middle East and hits the job market, he discovers that his superior military skills don't get him very far in the business world. His readjustment to non-bunker life begins by moving in with his aging parents and pregnant ex-(and soon-to-be current) wife. When he is offered a job as poster boy for a crusading politician on her own mission for 'truth and justice,' his military ethics collide with the unscrupulous world of national political campaigns — and he discovers that his unique skill set may be his best asset after all. (Cast: 2 women, 4 men)

In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate earns that his ex-wife is living in a gully nearby and wants to put a hit on him. (Cast: 3 women, 3 men)

The Burden of Self-Awareness has money at the centre of a dramatic conflict of values. Michael is wealthy beyond his dreams, but after a brush with death he is a changed man. When he decides to give away his fortune, Michael's wife is alarmed by the prospect of a middle-class existence. Conspiring with a neurotic psychiatrist, a reluctant hit man and a call girl with a degree in history, she desperately fights to stop the events that her husband has set in motion. "a gripping tale of sex, regret and murder." (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

Each of the three plays is populated by characters trying to navigate the increasingly blurred lines of what's right and wrong – trying to always stay informed, alert, and ready to act for the common good. Or just to get even.

What people say:

"Dead Metaphor's tenacious sociopolitical context does more than target the mad, mad world we read about in the daily newspapers, it offers a brilliant satirical refuge in which to take cover." — TorontoStage.com

"[In The Ravine] Walker is talking about how power corrupts, what people will do to get it and how only the pure of heart and offbeat of mind can ever set things right. It's vintage Walker: funny, violent, compassionate and thought-provoking." — Toronto Star

"[The Burden of Self Awareness] keeps you continually off-balance, searching for true north on the characters' moral compasses and on your own. You also have no inkling of how the story will end until it does, an apt comment by Walker, a writer not unfamiliar with apt comments, on the futility of trying to control life through artificial constructs like money." — Ottawa Citizen

About the Playwright:

George F. Walker is one of Canada's most prolific and widely produced playwrights. His work has been honoured with eight Chalmers Awards and five Dora Awards. His plays Criminals in Love and Nothing Sacred each won Governor General's Awards for Drama. Productions of Nothing Sacred and Love and Anger have met with great success in the United States in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. Zastrozzi has had over 100 productions in the English-speaking world. Problem Child, included in his book, Suburban Motel, won a Chalmers Award for Best New Play. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2009, he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

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