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Guarded Girls

Guarded Girls
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 96
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 0369100433
ISBN-13: 9780369100436
Cast Size: 4 women

About the Play:

Guarded Girls is a full-length drama by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman. The stories and experiences of three imprisoned women and a guard intertwine in dramatic and dangerous ways, as the psychological destruction that is solitary confinement taunts each of their lives.

Guarded Girls deals with the psychological destruction brought on by solitary confinement. Nineteen-year-old Sid is transferred to a new prison, finding friendship with her cellmate Britt, but she also forms a complicated relationship with a guard who seems to be watching their every move. In another time, an older inmate named Kit talks to an unseen audience about a coming visitor and how she'll stop at nothing to see them, even if that means bringing down the entire prison system. In another place, three girls wait as visitors, each one thinking about the complicated positions their mothers are in. At times playful and mysterious, Guarded Girls is about the stories we tell to survive, and how the same stories can also destroy us.

Guarded Girls premiered in 2019 at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and then was performed in Kitchener-Waterloo at Green Light Arts, which had originally commissioned the play. It was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.

Cast: 4 women

What people say:

"Corbeil-Coleman's dialogue is quick, cutting, and refreshingly funny even as her play is pitch black." — My Entertainment World

"The whole play might seem disorienting, but the story is worth the ride." — Toronto Star

"Artful and disturbing." — The Globe and Mail

"Corbeil-Coleman is an extremely talented writer; her dialogue sparkles, and her characters feel well-rounded and human." — Mooney on Theatre

About the Playwright:

Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter and actress. Daughter of the late novelist Carole Corbeil and playwright-actor Layne Coleman, she is a graduate of Montreal's National Theatre School.

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