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#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Nick Hern Books
Type: Play (Text)

Introduction This play was Ai Weiwei's idea. On the 3rd of April 2011 he went to Beijing Airport to fly to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, via Hong Kong. He expected to be away for a few days and had a few clothes in a small bag. But he was told that his journey could 'endanger state security' and se …

2 Pianos 4 Hands
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

Foreword By The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson I loved 2 Pianos 4 Hands from the first time I saw it in 1996 at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. My feelings about the piano, about music, about satisfying my demanding parents, seemed to be refracted in the kaleidoscopic vision of Ted Dykstra and  …

2 Pianos 4 Hands
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

History In 1994 Ted and Richard formed Talking Fingers to write and workshop their new script, 2 Pianos 4 Hands. The play was subsequently programmed as part of Tarragon Theatre's 1995–'96 season in Toronto and premiered in April 1996 to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Talking Fingers and the Tarr …

2 Pianos 4 Hands
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

Acknowledgements Beatrice Campbell; Celia Chassels; Jean and Chalmers Doane; Melanie Doane; Theo and Rosie Dykstra; Theo and Truus Dykstra; Mallory Gilbert; Luke, Natasha, William, and Amelia Greenblatt; Tanya Greve; Fiona Jones; Steve Lucas; Kate Lushington; Gloria Muzio; Robin McKim; the Ontario A …

6 Essential Questions
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

Introduction Since I am a poet, I hope you won't mind if I begin this introduction with a poem. I'm Afraid of Brazilians or Visiting the Ancestral Homeland is Not the Great Ethnic Experience Promised by Other Memoirs Against all political correctness, I must say it, I must admit: I'm afraid of Brazi …

6 Essential Questions
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

acknowledgements Huge thanks to everyone involved in the world premiere of 6 Essential Questions at Factory Theatre, but especially to Artistic Directors Nina Lee Aquino and Nigel Shawn Williams and Artistic Producer Jonathan Heppner for taking the risk; dramaturge Iris Turcott for pushing my poetic …

A Breakfast of Eels
Nick Hern Books
Type: Play (Text)

An Introduction of sorts from Robert Holman I am writing these words with the strange sense of something that was finished is now to begin again. I can't pin down the feeling and give a name to it. I care too much about my work for this to be easy. A play stays in a kind of limbo until an actor spea …

A Brimful of Asha
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

Introduction What mother doesn't want the best for her son? What son doesn't want to choose his own spouse? When I first met Asha Jain she was quiet and retiring, maybe even shy… or so it seemed. She reminded me of my mother, also an immigrant who had married a Canadian. My mother came from lush and …

A Brimful of Asha
Playwrights Canada Press
Type: Play (Text)

Acknowledgements A special thank you to Andy McKim, who gave me the first chance to present a fifteen-minute version of the play in front of an audience. I'd also like to thank Richard Rose for taking me in as part of the Urjo Kareda residency program and having the courage to invite my mother into  …