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Isolated: Two Plays

Isolated: Two Plays
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Greg MacArthur
Publisher: Coach House Books
# of Pages: 156
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1552451917
ISBN-13: 9781552451915

About the Play:

Isolated contains two dramas by Greg MacArthur. Expose yourself to one of of Canada's most intriguing voices in theatre with this collection of two inventive, disturbing plays. Recovery, set in an autocratic recovery centre in Antarctica, follows the progress of three addicts. In Get Away a middle-aged man living in isolation on the edge of a forest to escape a strange global epidemic of apathy, takes in two homeless teens and finds them to be much more insidious than babes in the wood.

In Recovery, people around the world are addicted to a mysterious substance. Large recovery centres are set up, promising refuge, treatment and healing to millions of addicts. But all is not what it seems. Following three residents of a facility in Antarctica, Recovery McArthur delivers a quirky and unsettling play that reveals the fear and isolation of the oppressed individual, and the consequences of a medicalized society. Recovery premiered in 2006 at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It was produced by Rumble Theatre in Vancouver the same year, garnering six Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations including Outstanding Production.

In Get Away, David finds two beautiful teenagers when he escapes to an isolated cabin where he hopes to cure his unusually persistent listlessness. Sensing that they might need protecting – and may be crucial to his survival – he invites them in, but the roles of predator and prey become unclear as the three become dangerously intertwined. Both fantastical and horrifying, Get Away provides a resonating look at the destructive nature of longing and our desperate need for love. Get Away premiered in 2005 at Alberta Theatre Projects' playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays earning three Betty Mitchell Award nominations including Outstanding New Play.

What people say:

"[MacArthur] has a beautiful voice and his analysis of the unpredictability of our sexuality, at once nurturing and predatory, is shrewd." — Montreal Mirror

About the Playwright:

Greg MacArthur is a Canadian playwright, dramaturg, and, occasionally, a performer. A graduate of Ryerson University's theatre school, his plays have been produced extensively across Canada, as well as in the US, South Africa, Germany, the UK and Hungary, and they have been translated into numerous languages.

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