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People Live Here

People Live Here
Your Price: $24.95 CDN
Author: George F. Walker
Publisher: Talonbooks (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 224
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 1772012394
ISBN-13: 9781772012392

About the Play:

The collection People Live Here contains three full-length comedic dramas by George F. Walker. Meet the neighbours in The Parkdale Trilogy of plays, telling unrelated stories that take place in the same low rise apartment building and open the doors to the very human struggles of those that live there. One of Canada's top playwrights, George F. Walker has consistently shown us the heart and the humour in the stories of the downtrodden and these plays are no exception.

The Chance is a funny, quirky, and suspenseful all-female dark comedy portraying three aspiring but economically deprived women living in a working-class neighbourhood of Toronto. The serendipitous discovery of a $300,000 cheque left behind by one of Jo's one-night stands sends Jo's mother Marcie, optimistic but exhausted, and stripper Amie, Jo's friend and colleague, into a furious conjectures on how to use the money (if at all). (Premiered in 2017 at Toronto's The Assembly Theatre and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, sold out run; Cast: 3 female)

Her Inside Life refers to main character Violet, an unstable widow struggling with agoraphobia and an emotional disorder. She's also under house arrest taking court-ordered medication after having committed a serious crime and looking to regain the respect of her daughter Maddy and her social worker Cathy, who visit regularly. The reappearance of Leo – a man Violet thought she had killed – offers an odd opportunity for the main character to show she doesn't belong in the madhouse. Violet then invites Leo over for a meal, which leads her to helpful discoveries and the play's most memorable scene. (Premiered in 2018 at Toronto's The Assembly Theatre; Cast: 3 female, 1 male)

Kill the Poor, the last chapter of The Parkdale Trilogy, is an intense comedy portraying a couple struggling for money and recuperating from a serious car accident. But what if the expected settlement changes the couple’s life for the better? A hired detective and the building's custodian provide help, but the mysterious driver of the other car makes a comeback … for the worse. (Premiered in 2018 at Toronto's The Assembly Theatre; Cast: 2 female, 2 male)

What people say:

"Walkers skillful dissection of the bleak and hopeful sides of humanity, [The Parkdale Trilogy] proves that really bad life events can make for really good, and comical, theatre." — NOW Magazine

"Beneath the satire is deliberate provocation: we are meant to question norms, and to become conscious of the ways we respond to, influence, and even damage social system." — SesayArts Magazine

"The storytelling was satirical and witty, laugh out loud funny yet provocative." — Mooney on Theatre

About the Playwright:

George F. Walker is a prolific Canadian playwright with working-class roots in Toronto's hard-luck Cabbagetown, the city's now trendy East End. Instrumental to the 1970s alternative theatre movement in Canada, the self-taught playwright has written more than 30 plays and created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. His plays have been presented across Canada and the United States and in more than 700 productions internationally. His work has been honoured with two Governor General's Awards, eight Chalmers Awards, and five Dora Awards. He is also the recipient of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and is a Member of the Order of Canada.