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Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: David Fennario
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 136
Pub. Date: 1977
ISBN-10: 0889221219
ISBN-13: 9780889221215
Cast Size: 9 men

About the Play:

Nothing to Lose is a full-length drama by David Fennario. Three friends gather on their lunch hour to reminisce. An old friend turned radical playwright shows up. When one of the men challenges his abusive foreman, they take the advice of the playwright and launch a sit-down strike. From the renowned author of Balconville, the second of his intensely Montréal-centric plays.

Nothing to Lose is set in a tavern in the Point Saint Charles working class district of Montréal, where three friends gather on their lunch hour and reminisce about the past. They are survivors of a decade. One is Jerry Nines, a writer who has had some success, having written a novel and a hit play. The others are Jackie Robinson and Frank Saladini, old friends of Jerry's from the Point. They work in a warehouse across the street. During the course of their reunion, Jackie leaves his truck parked at the loading dock of the warehouse and fights the foreman, actions which precipitate a worker's sit-down strike which David Fennario uses as a demand for workers' control of industry.

Nothing to Lose premiered in 1976 at the venerable Centaur Theatre, the oldest English-language theatre in Montréal.

Cast: 9 men

What people say:

"Restores one's faith in theatre as a medium of continuing vitality and relevance." — Southam News Service

"When a final analysis is made of twentieth-century Canadian theater, the most significant political playwright will undoubtedly be David Fennario." — Canadian Book Review

About the Playwright:

David Fennario is an anglophone playwright and a novelist born David Wiper in Montréal. He grew up and still lives in the working class district of Verdun-Pointe St. Charles, and zoomed from obscurity to national fame in 1979 with his play Balconville. His pen name, given to him by a girlfriend, was part of a Bob Dylan song, Pretty Peggy-O. He worked in a number of small jobs before he enrolled in Dawson College. With his teachers encouragement, he developed and fine tuned his creative writing skills. He was the first writer-in-residence at Montréal's Centaur Theatre, has won the Chalmers award twice, and received the Prix Pauline Julien from the United Steelworkers' Union.

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