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Divinity Bash / Nine Lives

Divinity Bash / Nine Lives
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Bryden MacDonald
Publisher: Talonbooks (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0889224080
ISBN-13: 9780889224087
Cast Size: 3 female, 6 male

About the Play:

Divinity Bash / nine lives is a full-length dark comedy by Bryden MacDonald. Anyone who has ever had a Really Bad Day will understand Albert. He has lost his high-flying corporate job, landed on the street, been robbed and generally, in one fell swoop, been introduced to the down side of modern urban life. With the help of some unconventional new acquaintances, Albert adapts to his new lifestyle and plots his revenge.

The Divinity Bash, subtitled nine lives, takes a look at the lives of nine very different urbanites who all feel that life has dealt them a bad hand. Albert is a high powered corporate shark who is definitely having a bad day. Marty, the ambitious man he hired as an assistant, has succeeded in getting him fired, and in one swift corporate coup Albert's been tossed from the executive suite to man-on-the-street. Before he can even access his email, a man knocks him flat and steals his briefcase, laptop, and cell phone. As Albert adapts to his new condition, he touches and is touched by the lives of urban society's marginal characters – lost people who say they are happier sitting on the pavement, their hands outstretched and looking towards the sky, than at the top of an office tower, watching the world move upside down. Among these characters with whom he ultimately plots revenge on Marty: Snake and his hallucinating buddy Liam, Snake's alienated partner Myrna, drug-addled pain-queen Anastasia and her gay courtier Lamb, embittered drag queen Glorious, and mad Evangeline, veteran prophet of the streets. Divinity Bash is informed by Eugene Ionesco's arid visions, Salvador Dali's baroque excesses and Jim Morrison's amateur nihilisms. But the play is also a critique of a downsized world that has left cracks wide enough to swallow all the characters.

Divinity Bash premiered in 1998 at Neptune Theatre in Halifax and moved to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Subsequently performed in 2002 at The Monument-National in Montreal and the Pantheon Theater off-Broadway in New York City.

Cast: 3 female, 6 male

What people say:

"A carnivalesque expression of contemporary zeitgeist." — CBC

"MacDonald has become a colourful voice in Canadian theatre." — Globe & Mail

"...beautifully written, structurally powerful play, marked by MacDonald's signatures of passionate intensity, crackerjack definition, a well-timed chiseling at poetry with comic undercuts and a view of the world that can embrace Sable Island ponies as a metaphor for survival, Kraft Dinner, loveable quirks and the rough language of the streets." — The Halifax Herald

About the Playwright:

Bryden MacDonald is a Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge, and teacher. He has directed more than 40 professional theatre productions. He has taught and coached students at The National Theatre School of Canada, McGill University and Dalhousie University. He has conducted workshops or been artist-in-residence or guest artist at a number of theatres and festivals across the country, including The National Theatre School, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and The Stratford Festival.

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