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Messenger

Messenger
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Wendy Lill
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1772011525
ISBN-13: 9781772011524

About the Play:

As in Ibsen's Enemy of the People, two brothers struggle for power and ideals each believes are right. Set in the late nineteenth century in a coastal town in Norway, Enemy charts the journey of an idealistic and naive doctor who believes people will behave responsibly if given the facts, shown leadership, and pointed in the right direction. Instead, he discovers that, as individuals, we come with our baggage, secrets, and self-interest that often defy and divert lofty goals. Ibsen explores the whole messy idea of democracy and how things change. Or don't.

Messenger takes place in another country, Canada, and in another century but tackles similar themes. It is a memory play, set both in the present day and in 1990, when the Progressive Conservative government of the day, contrary to the public record, in fact set lofty goals of joining - if not leading - the world in tackling climate change. The mechanism by which that goal was lost is played out primarily between two brothers. On brother, Peter, is the Prime Minister's chief of staff, who wants to maintain political control and has many players and interests to juggle to keep his Prime Minister in office. The other brother, Thomas, is an idealist, a newly minted Cabinet minister who tries to show leadership and tell the truth about impending environmental crisis and get the whole country on board with the rightness of his vision. The stakes are raised when strong family loyalties are tested by the crisis that ensues when Thomas refuses to back down from what he knows is right. A timely play in terms of environmental issues, full of lots of great political dirty tricks.

Cast: 3 men, 1 woman.

What people say:

"Messenger is a play for the times ripped from the headlines and steeped in the human soul." - The Chronicle Herald

About the Playwright:

Wendy Lill is a Canadian playwright and former parliamentarian who worked in various parts of Canada, finally settling in Nova Scotia. Her experiences in journalism and broadcasting influenced and encouraged her to "fictionalize real incidents and events." She has been described as a writer of "contemporary social issues with a clear-cut women's perspective." Her interest in events that shaped Canadian history and Canadian cultural identity has influenced and informed her work. As well as stage plays, she has written screen-plays and award winning radio documentaries and dramas.

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