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Somewhere Else

Somewhere Else
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Author: George F. Walker
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 256
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0889224021
ISBN-13: 9780889224025
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About the Play:

Somewhere Else contains George F. Walker's own selection of his four early plays which matter; which for him have stood the test of time; which represent, as he once said, his "classical veneer."

In them he honed his considerable and unique dramatic talent along "that fine line between the serious and the comic," in settings outside the North American locales of his work since the 1980s

Walker's earliest plays, absurdist dramas reminiscent of Ionesco and Beckett, climaxed with Beyond Mozambique (1974), featuring a B-movie jungle locale populated by a drug-addicted, pederastic priest, a disgraced Mountie, a porn-film starlet and a demonic ex-Nazi doctor whose wife thinks she is Olga in Chekhov's Three Sisters. (Cast: 2 women, 4 men)

Zastrozzi (1977), utilizing all the baroque conventions of Jacobean tragedy, pits its protagonist, a self-styled, Machiavellian "Master of Discipline" against the chaos of the universe in a flurry of dramatic excesses that tend toward elegant self-parody. (Cast: 2 woman, 4 men)

The Chalmers Award winning Theatre of the Film Noir (1981), a murder mystery set in wartime Paris, is the culmination of his work in the Humphrey Bogart / Raymond Chandler style, so evident in his trilogy featuring the cynical investigative reporter / private-eye, Tyrone Power. It was a finalist for the 1981 Governor General's Award for Drama. (Cast: 1 woman, 4 men)

The Governor General's and Chalmers Award winning Nothing Sacred (1988), an adaptation of Turgenev's novel, Fathers and Sons, consolidated his popular reputation outside of Canada to such a degree that the Los Angeles Times declared it "the play of the year." (Cast: 2 woman, 9 men)

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.

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