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Such Creatures

Such Creatures
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Judith Thompson
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 52
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0887549225
ISBN-13: 9780887549229

About the Play:

Finalist for the 2010 Governor General's Award for Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize)

Such Creatures is a full-length drama by Judith Thompson. A young inner-city girl is on the cusp of the biggest fight of her young life. An elderly woman remembers her youth as a Polish Jew scrapping for survival in an internment camp. Both emanate unbelievable power and find strength through childhood memories of Shakespeare.

Such Creatures weaves together two deeply-linked monologues showing the astonishing courage and resilience of young human beings during earth-shattering moments. Each introduces us to a fifteen-year-old girl: the first speaks to us from contemporary Toronto, and the second from Auschwitz, 1945. Two characters and two monologues, tied together across time and place, their stories a candid pursuit of hope and empathy, even in the face of an unbelievably cruel world. Thanks to their shared love of Shakespeare, each girl believes in miracles when there is almost no hope and humour when there is nothing but fear. Such Creatures is a beautiful and demanding addition to Judith Thompson's body of work, a nearly perfect piece for two exceptional actors.

Such Creatures was first produced in 2010 at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto, Ontario.

Cast: 2 women

What people say:

"Such Creatures is certainly audacious, drawing parallels between Auschwitz and the streets of contemporary Toronto, while throwing ideas about homelessness and sexual orientation into the mix." — Toronto Star

"Such Creatures confronts audiences with pain, rage, fear and unimaginable choices. Thompson handles the harshest realities of human existence with sensitivity, artistry and always hope. Such Creatures strikes a graceful balance between accessibility and thoughtful, political theatre. The play is flawless." — Plank Magazine

About the Playwright:

Judith Thompson, OC is a highly esteemed Canadian playwright and educator. She has twice won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. Other often-produced works include Sled, The Crackwalker, I Am Yours, Lion in the Streets and many more. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada, and in 2008 she became the first Canadian to be awarded the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide for her play Palace of the End. She is currently a professor at the University of Guelph for the School of English and Theatre Studies teaching courses in acting and playwriting.

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