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Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Tom Hendry
Publisher: Talonbooks (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 127
Pub. Date: 1975
ISBN-10: 0889220964
ISBN-13: 9780889220966
Cast Size: 2 female, 9 male

About the Play:

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Male Monologues.

"There I was just out of high school, all eager for the future, and there was the road to the future stretching out in front of me like fifteen miles of broken glass." — from the Play.

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass is a full-length drama by Tom Hendry. This Canadian classic is about a self-absorbed high-school student living in Winnipeg who dreams of becoming a pilot during the Second World War.

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass is a look at post-World War II Canada from a recent high-school graduate's viewpoint. It's Winnipeg in August, 1945, and young Alec McNabb has a passionate desire to become a fighter pilot. So strong is his yearning that he is blind to the fact that the war is ending. Only the Hiroshima tragedy can force him to turn his mind to a civilian future.

Fifteen Miles of Broken Glass was originally commissioned for and broadcast in 1966 over English language CBC-TV in the series Festival and rebroadcast the following year. It was then adapted for the stage and produced by the Toronto Central Players in 1969 and won the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's Medal in 1970. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and has been successfully staged in several theatre productions.

Cast: 2 female, 9 male

What people say:

"Defines a uniquely Canadian experience that expands to the universal." — Kootenay Reporter

About the Playwright:

Tom Hendry (1929-2012) was originally a chartered accountant by profession. He devoted his life to the performing arts as a playwright, lyricist, producer, cultural theoretician and administrator. He also wrote for television (notably for the CBC series, King of Kensington). Born and raised in Winnipeg, he began acting in television and radio while at university. He was a co-founder of the Manitoba Theatre Centre (now the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) in 1958. It was the first English-language regional theatre in Canada, and he was the company's first general manager. He was the first Literary Manager at the Stratford Festival. He co-founded the Playwrights Co-Op, now the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He also served as co-founder and head of the Banff Playwrights Colony. He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.