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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
Cast Size: 3 men, 1 woman

About the Play:

Messenger is a full-length drama by Wendy Lill. Beginning in the present day but flashing back to 1990 when the Progressive Conservative government was prepared to lead the world in combating climate change, Messenger is a fast-paced, compelling and emotionally charged drama about a family torn apart by the politics of climate change.

Messenger 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. While inspired by Ibsen's Enemy of the People, familiarity with that play, which also deals with an environmental crisis and one man's fight against the establishment, is not a prerequisite for enjoying Messenger.

Messenger premiered in 2015 at Neptune’s Scotia Bank Studio Theatre, a co-production of HomeFirst and Eastern Front Theatres.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

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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