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Proud

Proud
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michael Healey
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 85
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 1770911448
ISBN-13: 9781770911444

About the Play:

Proud is a full-length comedy by Michael Healey. A biting political satire about a Canadian Prime Minister who attempts to move the country slightly right of centre after decades of centre-left government. Will he succeed? At what cost?

Proud is about what we actually want out of our politics, and our politicians. Set in the Prime Minister's office in the Centre Block of Parliament, shortly after the Conservatives win a majority government in the 2011 federal election, the Prime Minister discovers a secret weapon in his caucus – Jisbella Lyth, from the fictional Quebec riding of Cormier-Lac Poule. A single mother who, up until getting elected was the manager at a St-Hubert franchise, Jisbella nonetheless displays traits that indicate to the Prime Minister that she will be a useful asset to his government. He and his Chief of Staff, Cary Baines, begin to train Jisbella in the various methods and strategies in a campaign of misdirection and distraction that have made the Conservatives so successful. Their lessons unleash an emotional component that none of them anticipate. Humorous and clever, Proud explores the corrosive nature of the politics of division.

The third in a trilogy of award-winning plays (Generous, Courageous), Proud premiered in 2012 at the Berkeley St. Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"Deftly written and often laugh-out-loud funny, Healey's script keeps surprising us, taking unexpected turns both in its narrative and character development." — NOW Magazine

"...funny and foul-mouthed, yet surprisingly sweet." — The Globe and Mail

"Proud is the portrait of a buttoned-up man seen at his most unbuttoned.... Arriving with a reputation as a controversial political exposé of our current Prime Minister, Proud does score some sharp, insightful satirical barbs at Harper's expense. But Harper-haters be warned: this play humanizes the man." — The Province

About the Playwright:

Michael Healey is a renowned Canadian playwright and actor. He trained as an actor at Toronto's Ryerson Theatre School in the early 1980s. After ten years working as an actor on stages across Canada, his first play, a solo one-act called Kicked, was produced at the Fringe of Toronto Festival in 1996. Since then, he has become an exceptional voice in Canadian theatre. With an outstanding breadth of work, Michael has won a number of awards as a playwright, including Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, and a Chalmers Canadian Play Award, as well as awards across Canada and internationally.