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Democracy: one whole day beside a pond

Democracy: one whole day beside a pond
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: John Murrell
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 1991
ISBN-10: 0921368283
ISBN-13: 9780921368281
Cast Size: 4 men

About the Play:

Winner of the Alberta Writer's Guild Prize for Drama

Democracy is a full-length drama by John Murrell. The play details a fictional meeting between American poets Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson during the Civil War. Democracy is a challenging and eloquent examination of human nature and the nature of war.

Democracy consists almost entirely of vigorous fictional discussions between two 19th- century intellectual giants – the American poet-philosophers Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is July 1863, in the middle of the American Civil War, not far from Washington, D.C. The two old friends meet in the stillness beside a pond in the woods with two soldiers, a deserter from the South and a blinded, dying veteran from the North. Because these men are Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson they discuss the human sacrifice of war with a particular passion.

Democracy premiered in 1991 at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska.. The Canadian premiere was later that same year at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across Canada. Its British premiere was in 1994 at The Bush Theatre during The London Fringe.

Cast: 4 men

What people say:

"Even the simplest lines have a quiet eloquence…soft explosions of the heart.." — Quill & Quire

About the Playwright:

John Murrell (1945-2019) is one of Canada's best known international playwrights. His dramas focus on real people and cultural icons. He has also written operas, and translated works by anyone from Sophocles to Chekhov. He has headed the Banff Playwright's Colony and the Theatre Section of the Canada Council, been Associate Director of the Stratford Festival and Artistic Director of the Banff Centre for the Arts, and is a multiple Chalmers Award winner. For his enormous contributions to the arts in his adopted province and country, the Texas-born Murrell received the Alberta Order of Excellence and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. His plays have been translated into 15 languages and produced in more than 35 countries around the world. He is also nationally and internationally prominent as a translator of classic theatre texts into English, including Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. All these translations, and a number of others, have gone on to become the "standard versions" for English-language theatres around the world.

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