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Never Swim Alone & This Is A Play

Never Swim Alone & This Is A Play
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Daniel MacIvor
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 152
Pub. Date: 2016
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 1770914625
ISBN-13: 9781770914629

About the Plays:

Contains Never Swim Alone and This Is A Play, two celebrated short plays by Daniel MacIvor. Never Swim Alone is a funny, satirical story about two men locked in a deadly competition for seemingly no reason. This Is A Play is a hilarious postmodern romp through the interior lives of actors in a bad play. These plays may be performed separately. They are both quite similar yet very different as well, and their pairing as an evening of entertainment forms a nice contrast. Never Swim Alone and This Is A Play are both especially recommended for school and contest use.

Never Swim Alone centres around Frank and Bill, two identically dressed, egotistical businessmen who are locked in a ruthless battle of verbal one-upmanship, which is refereed by a female lifeguard. The three are linked by a dark episode in their past. (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Never Swim Alone was first produced in 1991 at Theatre Centre in Toronto. It has become a popular choice for college and high school theatre productions.

What people say about Never Swim Alone:

"[Never Swim Alone] a perfectly self-contained and unabashedly artificial work... [MacIvor] is a writer with an angular sense of humour and an uncommon knack for probing basic elements and truths of human behaviour." — Toronto Star

"A startlingly new piece of theater … a tour de force … leaves you quite breathless." — Village Voice

"Theatrically dangerous … arresting… compelling theater." — Backstage

"A clever, jaunty piece of entertainment … Pure Pop Poetry." — Time Out New York

"Dynamic direction … sharp performances … bound to have an extended run." — Daily News

This Is A Play follows three actors who, while performing, reveal their own thoughts and motivations as they struggle through crazy stage directions and an unoriginal musical score. A farcical look at theatre itself. Daniel MacIvor combines the outer monologue of the actors with their inner monologue, pulling back the dramatic mask. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male)

This is a Play was first produced in 1991 at Bathurst Street Theatre in Toronto.

What people say about This Is A Play:

"Ingenious, whimsical, a lyrical lunacy in the writing, This Is A Play is a theatre experience comedy you might associate with Tom Stoppard." — Globe and Mail

"This is a Play, a light and entertaining piece about the artifice and creative fire of performance and various tricks of the trade. It's full of theatrical in-jokes as it shifts with all seams showing between melodrama, naturalism and angst … It's a diverting charade." — Sydney Morning Herald

About the Playwright:

Daniel MacIvor is a Canadian playwright and performer. Recipient of the coveted Governor General's Award for Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), two Chalmers New Play Awards, an Obie Award, a GLADD Award, the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, and countless theatre awards across the country, he is one of Canada's greatest living playwrights.

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