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The Power Plays

The Power Plays
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Author: George F. Walker
Introduction by: Jerry Wasserman
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 208
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0889224145
ISBN-13: 9780889224148
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About the Play:

First published as a trilogy in 1986, The Power Plays contains Gossip (1977), Filthy Rich (1979), and The Art of War (1983). These three plays showcase the development and the culmination of Walker's film noir style.

In Gossip, George F. Walker skewers our appetite for celebrity and fame with this film noir-inspired puzzle of a play. Who killed Jane "The Bitch" Nelson while dozens of celebrities sipped champagne? It's a sleazy mystery indeed, implicating many of the city's movers and shakers, and it's a gold mine for any newspaper covering it. Baxter, owner of the biggest paper in town, wants an answer to that question and he tags T.M. Power for the job. "I'm a political journalist" Power protests, "Not a gossip columnist!" But his boss prevails, and our hero suddenly finds himself in the underbelly of big city corruption, knee-deep in lawyers, actors, and hookers, all scheming and conniving in a comedic web that leads to one of the biggest stories Power has ever covered. (Cast: 3 women, 6 men)

What people say:

"Walker has an eye for the ridiculous and an imagination that packs his plays with action". — New York Times

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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