Plays by Jason Sherman

Reading Hebron

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

A Toronto Jew named Nathan Abramowitz investigates the Hebron Massacre – in which a Jewish settler murdered 29 Muslims at prayer – as a way of questioning his own responsibility for the oppression of Palestinians.

Three in the Back, Two in the Head

Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Text

The issue of loyalty and betrayal is dramatized through dialogue in the Governor General's Award-winning Three in the Back, Two in the Head, partly based on the assassination of Gerald Bull, the brilliant Canadian scientist who designed the first Star Wars system twenty years before Reagan announced his version. Bull ran afoul of the Pentagon and the CIA by his dealings with China, Chile, Yugoslavia and Iraq. But Sherman's play is not a docudrama in any sense; it merely uses some of the circumstances of the murdered scientist's career in order to concentrate on questions of personal and state morality as these circumscribe issues of loyalty and betrayal.

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Jason Sherman has written extensively for the stage, radio and television. His plays include Remnants (A Fable); It's All True; Patience; Reading Hebron; The Retreat; The League of Nathans; An Acre of Time and Three in the Back, Two in the Head, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. He served as executive story editor and writer on the TV series ReGenesis, earning Gemini and Canadian Screenwriting Award nominations. For CBC Radio he wrote National Affairs, Irving Invectus and Graf for which he received the Canadian Screenwriting Award for radio drama. He lives in Toronto.