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Games: Who Wants to Play?

Games: Who Wants to Play?
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Linda Griffiths
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 1770914188
ISBN-13: 9781770914186
Cast Size: 2 women, 3 men

About the Play:

Games: Who Wants to Play? is a full-length drama by Linda Griffiths. When their son Zach becomes obsessed with the world of online gaming, Marion and Dan try to bring him back to real life. Are they losing him to a dangerous new world or is he just being a teenager?

Games: Who Wants to Play? is set in the aftermath of a high-school boy's mysterious death as a well-to-do couple fears for their own son who is retreating into a virtual world. Dan and Marion Metcalf are increasingly worried about their son, Zach. He's apathetic and shuts himself away in the basement to play video games and spend time with Keira, his virtual girlfriend and confidante, giving his parents more to worry about than their own insecurities and lacklustre sex life. When Zach's best friend, Micky, begins to spend more time around the house, bonding with Dan and flirting with Marion, even Keira cannot anticipate the depth of Zach's rage and sense of alienation. Will his repressed feelings culminate in a violent act that is sure to go viral?

Her last play, Games: Who Wants to Play? premiered in 2014 at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites Festival in Calgary, Alberta.

Cast: 2 women, 3 men

What people say:

"Psychological horror is a genre few playwrights dare tackle which makes Griffiths' invitation to join Games: Who Wants to Play? one not to dismiss too lightly." — The Calgary Sun

"Griffiths is one of Canada's 'originals' known not only for the quality of her work, but for the sheer range of her career." — Maclean's

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.