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Of Human Bondage

Of Human Bondage
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Adapted by: Vern Thiessen
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 160
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 1770919589
ISBN-13: 9781770919587

About the Play:

Winner of the 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play

Of Human Bondage is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Vern Thiessen, based on the classic W. Somerset Maugham coming-of-age novel. The epic tale of lustful obsession and the pursuit of art is adapted for the stage for the first time.

Of Human Bondage is adapted for the stage by Governor General's Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen, based on 1915 novel by W. Somerset Maugham, a book generally accepted as being partly autobiographical. Philip, like his author, is a young man of modest means. When he meets Mildred, a disarming tea-shop waitress, he finds his yearning for art and experience consumed by his intense attraction to her. Mildred, for all her teasing, isn't all that interested in Philip, but rather in flattery, possessions, and security. Yet Philip, in a powerful haze of passion and pride, obsessively pursues Mildred despite the anguish and emotional carnage that repels and binds them at all costs. Of Human Bondage is a grand story of lust, unrequited love, and the pursuit of beauty that belongs on the stage.

Of Human Bondage premiered in 2014 at Soulpepper Theatre Company, was named "Best of Theatre" in 2014 in The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Now Magazine, and won seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including one for Outstanding New Play, and another for Outstanding Production. It was remounted by Soulpepper in 2015, and in 2017, and then performed in Off Broadway in New York at Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center in 2017.

Cast: 4 women, 7 men

What people say:

"There is the shimmer of sheer greatness over much of Vern Thiessen's adaptation of Of Human Bondage."Toronto Star

"A rich and beautifully rendered story."Post City (Toronto)

"You may not look like anyone onstage in Of Human Bondage, particularly if you don't dress in late-19th-century garb. But you have felt like them if you've once had your heart trampled, or clung to someone unworthy of your devotion, or made a damn fool of yourself for love. Such jolting emotional recognition is the hallmark of this beautiful and bittersweet play."New York Times

About the Playwright:

Vern Thiessen is one of Canada's most produced playwrights. He has written for stage, radio and television. His stage plays – including Of Human Bondage – have been seen off-Broadway and in regional theatres across Canada, the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Europe. He is the winner of many awards including the Governor General's Literary Award, Canada's highest honour for playwriting. He splits his time between Canada and New York City.

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