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Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Darren O'Donnell
Publisher: Coach House
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 248
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 1552450716
ISBN-13: 9781552450710

About the Play:

Inoculations is a collection of four full-length plays by Darren O'Donnell. These four plays White Mice, Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, Radio Rooster Says That's Bad and Overwritten by Darren O'Donnell for his theatre company, Mammalian Diving Reflex, will challenge your politics, your ontology and everything you hold to be safe, stable and sacrosanct.

Over is a vaudevillian exploration of the possibilities of the paranormal as a legitimate agent in ordinary lives. (Premiered in 1993 at Café Verité in Toronto; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

Who Shot Jacques Lacan? is a multi-character rhythmic, movement oriented murder mystery based loosely on the mysterious death of the French psychoanalyst and cultural philosopher Jacques Lacan. (Premiered in 1994 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto; Cast: 7 performers)

Radio Rooster Says That's Bad is a full-length solo performance show that employs rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to explore millennial fever, paranoia, and psychosis. (Premiered in 1993 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto; Cast: 1 man)

White Mice is a cartoon-like exposé of the virulent racism at the core of Canada. Robert and Douglas are two white-furred mice living in peacefully in downtown Toronto, until one day Robert begins coming home with more and more information concerning the state of racism in Canada. The two mice begin to question the function of racism, whiteness, and capitalism as they struggle to keep up with their rapidly expanding consciousness. (Premiered in 1998 at The Theatre Centre in Toronto; Cast: 2 men)

Inoculations documents Darren O'Donnell's progress over a decade, from the first presentation of Over in 1993 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Rhubarb! festival to 2000's highly acclaimed, Dora-winning presentation of White Mice at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille. Covering subjects as diverse as racism and the light spectrum, these plays are provocative, innovative and riotously funny as entertaining to experience on paper as on stage.

What people say:

"No one can wring involving theatre from political and moral observations as acidly and entertainingly as writer/director Darren O'Donnell ... His plays, like Radio Rooster Says That's Bad and Who Shot Jacques Lacan?, are a wild mixture of philosophy, rant, cant and vaudeville. Often performed at breakneck speed, they make you sit up and think, laugh and then think some more." — NOW Magazine (Toronto)

"A touch of the Three Stooges mixed with a punch of Ren and Stimpy, just enough to bind the kind of bleak absurdist gruel that Beckett used in Endgame and Waiting for Godot." — The Sun (Toronto)

"Brilliant conception ... a highly amusing show and a provocative piece of theatre that insists on disturbing its audiences complacency." — The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright:

Darren O'Donnell is a Canadian playwright, urban cultural planner, novelist, essayist, filmmaker, performance director and the Artistic and Founding Director of the internationally known relational-aesthetics company Mammalian Diving Reflex. With a BFA in theatre and a M.Sc. in urban planning from the University of Toronto, he brings a rigorous and robust social scientific approach to his art-making and the advice he offers to others through his consulting practice.

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