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Never Swim Alone & This Is a Play

Never Swim Alone & This Is a Play
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Author: Daniel MacIvor
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 102
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0887545246
ISBN-13: 9780887545245
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About the Plays:

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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 is 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 woman, 2 men)

Never Swim Alone was first produced in 1991 at Theatre Centre in Toronto, Ontario. 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. (Cast: 2 women, 1 man)

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

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." — Sydney Morning Herald

"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 one of Canada's most accomplished playwrights and performers. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize, and many others, his plays have been met with acclaim throughout North America.

 

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