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Canadian Gothic and American Modern: Two Plays

Canadian Gothic and American Modern: Two Plays
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Joanna McClelland Glass
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 50
Pub. Date: 1977
ISBN-10: 082220178X
ISBN-13: 9780822201786

About the Play:

Canadian Gothic and American Modern are two one-act plays by Joanna McClelland Glass. The plays may be presented separately or as an evening of entertainment.

Canadian Gothic is presented on a virtually bare stage, with the characters speaking sometimes to the audience and sometimes to each other. The play uses language of poetic eloquence and incision to illuminate its tale of an ill-fated love affair and the family it destroys. It begins with the evocative memories of the mother and father — a Saskatchewan dentist and his mildly rebellious wife — and then goes on, after the mother's death, to explore the love that blossoms between their daughter and a young Indian. Sadly the romance results in tragedy rather than happiness, leading to the conception of a child out of wedlock, the accidental blinding of the dentist, the jailing of the young Indian and, in the end, a bittersweet accommodation between father and daughter as they face the long, futile years still left to them. (2 women, 2 men.)

In American Modern, Pat and Mike, an urban couple, find themselves ever more out of touch with the world in which they must live, and with ever less to hold onto and believe in. He toys with the prospect of suicide, and she with the notion of madness, as they reminisce about the events, large and small, that have brought them to where they are. Their conversation grows ever more bizarre — and revealing — as they seek to "fill the empty spaces," and to fight back, to survive, against the meaninglessness that threatens to devour them. (1 woman, 1 man.)

Canadian Gothic and American Modern were first produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 1972. The Canadian premiere took place at the Pleiades Theatre in Calgary. The show was adapted for radio by the CBC in 1974 and by the BBC in 1983, and remains one of her most produced plays.

About the Author:

Joanna McClelland Glass is a Tony-nominated Canadian playwright. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she studied theatre in high school and developed her abilities in community theatre. Shortly after moving to Calgary to work for a radio station, she won a scholarship to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. She then moved to New York, where she began to write. Her plays have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany.

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