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Map of the Senses

Map of the Senses
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Edited by: Rory Runnels
Introduction by: Doug Arrell
Publisher: Scirocco Drama
# of Pages: 384
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 1896239633
ISBN-13: 9781896239637

About the Play:

A Map of the Senses is a collection of plays from twelve members of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP). Most of the plays in this volume (many of which are in print for the first time) were originally viewed by small audiences at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival or produced by out-of-the-mainstream groups such as Popular Theatre Alliance or Red Roots.

Zac and Speth by Rick Chafe: He's in love, not her. She's pregnant, not him. They're both 17 and want to get the hell out of Winnipeg. A nostalgic comedy about running away, love, Chinese take-out, hopeless protest, neo-anarchists, Vancouver rain, the future history of the NDP, and the American annexation of Canada. (First produced by Goodtime Theatre in 1992, Winnipeg, MB; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

Inquest by William Harrar:

Footprints on the Moon by Maureen Hunter: A woman's attempt to prevent her teenage daughter from leaving home, escalating into a struggle to understand the loves and losses that have shaped her life. (Cast: 2 women, 2 men)

Calenture by Bruce McManus: The play focuses on one man who decides to fight his fate after losing a job and his faith that he can flourish under any economic system. A biting attack on the economic rules followed by most governments in Canada, if not the world. (First produced in 1993 at the Gas Station Theatre, Winnipeg, MB)

Washing Spider Out by Ross McMillan: The play reflects upon David Milgaard's wrongful imprisonment for a murder he did not commit. (First produced in 1995 at the at Prairie Theatre Exchange)

Live With It by Elise Moore: Written when its author was all of 16, this '60s drama traces the stormy relationship between British playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. (First produced at the at Prairie Theatre Exchange)

Blade by Yvette Nolan: Angela was a young university student who was killed by a 'hooker-killer'; the media is painting her as a prostitute, over the protests of her friends and family. Now Angela wants to tell her story. (First produced in 1990 at Hardly Art, Winnipeg, MB; Cast: 3 women, 1 man)

Worm Moon by Deborah O’Neil:

Between Then and Now by Harry Rintoul: A writer shows his girlfriend his new play. She notices it's about them. He denies it. A play within a play. How much of life can you include in your work and call it art. (First produced in 1993 by Three Sisters Theatre Company, Winnipeg, MB; Cast: 3 women, 1 man)

Heart of a Distant Tribe by Ian Ross: (First produced in 1992 at Red Roots Theatre, Winnipeg, MB)

Thimblerig by Alf Silver: (First produced in 1982 at Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, MB; Cast: 2 women, 4 men)

Better Looking Boys by Dennis Trochim: The story of four gay men negotiating their complicated relationships explores universal themes of love and interconnectedness, but also questions of what it is to be a gay man in the modern world. (a hit at the 1997 Winnipeg Fringe; Cast: 2 women, 4 men)

What people say:

"[Rory Runnels] has held the organization together through all the vicissitudes that voluntary groups are subject to and has negotiated the complex politics of the local arts scene with surprising diplomatic finesse … He has nurtured playwriting talent wherever he found it, and has always been especially welcoming to new writers." — from the introduction by Doug Arrell

About the Editor:

Rory Runnels has been the coordinator and artistic director of the Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP) for most of its existence as an organization.