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Chronic

Chronic
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Linda Griffiths
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 88
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0887546668
ISBN-13: 9780887546662

About the Play:

Chronic is a full-length drama by Linda Griffiths with Jerry Wasserman. In the age of the virus, Petra is struck with a mysterious disease, which both infects and illuminates her relationships with her boyfriend, boss, coworkers and doctor. Bruised by the medical establishment, Petra battles the Virus, a compelling, fantastical personality who may or may not be the source of the crisis.

Chronic is ostensibly about CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and the virus that may or may not cause it. The play puts one woman's disease under the theatrical microscope along with various other pathologies of modern life. At first Petra seems familiarly neurotic, a Woody Allen character refracted through George F. Walker. But as Linda Griffiths examines the psychological, social, and sexual dimensions of Petra's experience in her desperate pursuit of a cure, as well as her medical treatments, her strange dreams, and the peculiarities of her post-industrial workplace, the stage becomes an environmental petrie dish, a fascinating experiment in the ecology of illness. In the age of AIDS and SARS, mad cow, West Nile, and avian flu, when the very staffs of life – sex and food and the air we breathe – can kill us, Linda Griffiths turns her darkly comic vision toward the elusive mind/body connection.

Chronic premiered in 2003 at the Factory Theatre in Toronto .

Cast: 3 women, 3 men

About the Playwright:

Linda Griffiths (1953-2014) was a Canadian actress, producer and writer. One of Canada's most lauded modern theatre voices, she reached international fame with her production of Maggie and Pierre, a one-woman show in which she played former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his wife Maggie, and a reporter. She has received five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning Outstanding New Play four times for: Maggie and Pierre, O.D. in Paradise, Jessica, and Alien Creature. She was also a two-time winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Jessica and Alien Creature, and two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-Language Drama for The Darling Family and Alien Creature.

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