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A Foster Christmas

A Foster Christmas
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: Norm Foster
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 232
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0887548873
ISBN-13: 9780887548871

About the Book:

A Foster Christmas is a collection of four festive plays by Norm Foster, Canada's most-produced playwright. Light up the tree and break out the eggnog, Christmas has arrived.

Ethan Claymore: With a lot of nudging from a well-meaning friend, and a visit from his recently-deceased brother, a young widower re-enters the world and finds love and laughter. It's a week before Christmas, and struggling egg farmer/artist Ethan Claymore meets a woman who could turn his life around. But things are shaken up when Ethan receives a visit from his estranged, and recently deceased, older brother. (First produced in 1998 at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario; Cast: 1 woman, 5 men)

Bob's Your Elf: An Elf named Bob gets banished from the North Pole to learn a lesson about cooperation and working well with others. Because of his bad attitude, Santa sends him to a small town to help an amateur theatre group put on a Christmas pageant. Here, Bob is faced with a group of bumbling actors who are doing their best to put on the greatest darn Christmas show their town has ever seen. (First produced in 2008 at Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, Ontario; Cast: 2 women, 4 men)

The Christmas Tree: A tree lot. Christmas Eve. One man. One woman. One tree. Who should get it? Each gives reasons through tales of woe as to why they are more deserving of the tree, and each seems unmoved by the other's predicament. A story filled with laughs, heartache, and good old-fashioned Christmas spirit. (First produced in 2008 at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, Alberta; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

Dear Santa, with music by Steve Thomas: Santa Claus tries to fulfill a child's special Christmas wish while his staff attempts to overcome a supply shortage at the North Pole. This is a laugh-filled holiday play innocent enough for the youngest boy or girl, and entertaining enough for adults. (First produced in 2002 at Theatre Orangeville in Orangeville, Ontario; Cast: 4 women, 2 men)

About the Playwright:

Norm Foster is considered to be Canada's most produced playwright, and has had more than forty plays produced on professional stages. Frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon, Foster pens plays that are known for their humour, accessibility, and insight into the everyday tribulations of life. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for his play, The Melville Boys which would go on to be produced across Canada and in the United States, including a well-received run Off Broadway in New York. It would become his signature play, and the one which would bring his name to the forefront of Canadian theatre.