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A Line in the Sand

A Line in the Sand
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Guillermo Verdecchia & Marcus Youssef
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 127
Pub. Date: 1997
ISBN-10: 0889223750
ISBN-13: 9780889223752

About the Play:

Winner of a Chalmers Best New Play Award in 1997.

A Line in the Sand is a play by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef. A troubled Canadian soldier and a teenage Palestinian black-marketeer meet during Operation Desert Shield. Their growing friendship is severed by the torture and murder of the 16-year-old Palestinian inside the Canadian base; an act to which his friend the soldier was at least a witness. Weaving poetic drama with a myriad of documentary sources A Line in the Sand rips the benevolent mask off recent western peacekeeping operations and challenges Canada's long treasured national mythology that it is a nation of quiet diplomats.

In Autumn 1990, during Operation Desert Shield, two young men, one a troubled Canadian soldier, the other a teenage Palestinian black-marketeer, meet in the scorched Qatari desert. Breaching the divide of a profound cultural misunderstanding and against a backdrop of massive global conflict, these two become unlikely and secret friends. This tenuous friendship is severed by the torture and murder of the 16-year-old Palestinian inside the Canadian base; an act to which his friend the soldier was at least a witness and perhaps a willing participant. A Line in the Sand asks us to imagine how horrors like these could be perpetrated with our money, in our name and by people much like us.

Cast: 3 to 5 men

About the Playwright:

Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. The author, or co-author, of, among other works, The Noam Chomsky Lectures and Insomnia (with Daniel Brooks); Fronteras Americanas, The Terrible but Incomplete Journals of John D., bloom, A Line in the Sand (with Marcus Youssef), and the controversial Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil (with Camyar Chai and Marcus Youssef), he is a recipient of the Governor General's Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads, based on Fronteras Americanas and made with Ramiro Puerta. He lives in Toronto with Tamsin Kelsey, his partner of many years, and their two children.

Marcus Youssef is a Canadian playwright, artistic director, and author. Born in Montreal to Egyptian parents, he has often made diversity and the ideas of difference and diversity themes in his work, some of which were co-written with friends and colleagues. His works have been performed at theatres and festivals (and school gyms) across Canada, the US, Australia and Europe. He was named the 2017 recipient of the Siminovitch Prize, Canada's most prestigious prize in Theatre. He currently lives in Vancouver British Columbia, where he continues his work with community-based advocacy programs that use writing and/or theatre as tools for effecting political and social change.

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