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Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Michael Healey
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 80
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1770917500
ISBN-13: 9781770917507

About the Play:

Finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize)

1979 is a full-length comedy by Michael Healey. A fast-paced play that examines the rapidly changing world of conservative politics and reflects on the end of a time when politicians were elected to serve all people – not only their supporters. This sparkling and rowdy political satire is a hugely relevant debate about leadership and power.

1979based on true events – is a hilarious battle of wits that takes us inside the corridors of power. It's December 1979, and our hero is Prime Minister Joe Clark: young, idealistic, and stubborn. His minority Conservative government is under threat of dissolution before it has a chance to accomplish anything – even pass a budget. On the eve of his minority government's defeat in a non-confidence motion, he must decide whether he should put his first budget before Parliament. He knows that if he does he could lose everything. He seeks a moment of peace in the privacy of his office ... or at least he tries. Enter every political powerhouse of the era: Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau, even a very young Stephen Harper. They tell him he should pull some strings, make some deals. Compromise. But like we said, he's stubborn. No matter where you stand, or even if you don't follow politics, you'll love these great characters and their sometimes dubious shenanigans.

1979 premiered in 2017 at the Martha Cohen Theatre in Calgary, Alberta. Later that year it was presented at both the Shaw Festival, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.

Cast: 3 or more men or women

What people say:

"It's genuinely funny, literate and highly entertaining." — Macleans magazine

"1979 plays prime ministers for a laugh." — Ottawa Citizen

"..a delight, tailor-made for Canadian political junkies." — Capital Critics Circle

About the Playwright:

Michael Healey is a renowned Canadian playwright and actor. He trained as an actor at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School in the early 1980s. After ten years working as an actor on stages across Canada, his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. Since then, he has become an exceptional voice in Canadian theatre. With an outstanding breadth of work, Michael has won a number of awards as a playwright, including Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, and a Chalmers Canadian Play Award, as well as awards across Canada and internationally.