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Theatrical Exhibitions

Theatrical Exhibitions
Your Price: $16.99 CDN
Author: Brian Shein
Publisher: ‎ Pulp Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 197
Pub. Date: 1975
ISBN-10: 0889780064
ISBN-13: 9780889780064

About the Play:

Theatrical Exhibitions is a collection that includes Kafka and other stage and radio scripts by Brian Shein. A brilliant humorist, Brian Shein wrote for the National Lampoon and produced several experimental one-act plays during the small theatrical renaissance that Vancouver experienced in the 1960's. This collection includes his play Kafka, which became a rallying point for those who believed that experimental works by local writers deserved to be staged.

The Hand: An original short story published in Gargoyle in 1966.

Kafka: A far-out piece about "computer controlled" actors in a ritualistic ceremony, with production notes. (First produced in 1967 at University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Cast: 5 male)

Cowboy Island: A new perspective on the myth of Billy the Kid's battles with Sheriff Pat Garrett, portraying the pattern of betrayal, death and identification of the hunter with his victim. "...innovative piece that had the daring to take a legend and ritualize it surrealistically." — Canadian Literature (First produced in 1972 at Vancouver Art Gallery; Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Rex Morgan, MD: A satire of the comic serial of the same name emphasizing the sameness of dialogue and characters of the script. (First produced in 1972 at Vancouver Art Gallery; Cast: 1 female, 1 male, plus narrator)

Ground Zero: A satire on nuclear war. (First aired on CBC radio in 1975. Steady-State Doomsday, the original stage-version of Ground Zero, was first produced in 1972 at Vancouver Art Gallery; Cast: 1 female, 4 male)

An Entertainment At the Cafe Terminus: Set in a cafe in 19th century Paris, a group of performers recreates the life and death of Emile Henry, a notorious French anarchist who threw a bomb into a crowded cafe. "An Entertainment At the Cafe Terminus ... vies with Kafka for being the most interesting and powerful play in the book." — The Vancouver Sun (First aired on CBC radio in 1975; Cast: 1 woman, 3 men, with doubling)

Theatrical Exhibitions: A manifesto by the playwright.

About the Playwright:

Brian Shein (1947-1988) was celebrated Canadian author, playwright, and humorist. Born in Lindsay, Ontario, he studied at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. (Hons.) in 1968. He was the playwright-in-residence for the Playwrights Co-op in 1975. He won Canada's 1983 National Authors Award for Humour and was a contributing editor for National Lampoon and a regular humour columnist for The Canadian Forum. His articles in Toronto Life earned him two national magazine awards.