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The Drowning Girls & Comrades

The Drowning Girls & Comrades
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 136
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-10: 0887548474
ISBN-13: 9780887548475

About the Play:

Contains two plays by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson and Daniela Vlaskalic.

The Drowning Girls was originally an Edmonton Fringe hit and then received its mainstage premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects in 2008, winning four Betty Mitchell Awards (Calgary) including Best New Play and Best Production. Particularly suitable for schools and play contests.

Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.

What people say:

"The imaginative depth of The Drowning Girls is enough to take your breath away." — Calgary Herald

Based on actual events, Comrades brings to life the seven-year imprisonment of two men, and explores their struggles and agonies, tried not for what they did, but for who they were.

Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco dreamt of the land of the free. Leaving their small, Italian villages, they embarked on the long voyage to the United States, only to encounter a world they never could have imagined. Controversially imprisoned for murder, both men must fight for their lives amidst discrimination and public humiliation.

What people say:

"If the job of political theatre is to inspire or warn, to ignite new ideas or incinerate old ones with the heat of emotion, Comrades has more than punched in." — Edmonton Journal

About the Playwright:

Beth Graham was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and grew up in Cochrane, Alberta. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Alberta.

Charlie Tomlinson is a teacher/director/actor who lives in St John’s, Newfoundland, where he is artistic director of c2c theatre. He has worked at theatres from Newfoundland to the Yukon and has taught in Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland.

Daniela Vlaskalic is an actor and playwright who lives and works in Canada. Since graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, she has worked in numerous theatres across the country.

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