Playwriting

Plays and libretti - published and produced (in alphabetical sequence)

Boom, Baby, Boom!

A jazz play. Music by Nic Gotham.  Four men, three women, one jazz quartet.

Nominated for a Dora, Outstanding Production, Small Theatres.

 

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ESCAPE FROM TROY

A site-specific, multidisciplinary drama. Composer Nic Gotham. One male actor, one male singer, four female actors, one child, a choir, a marching band, one beach.

Premiere 2004, directed by Baņuta Rubess, produced by the New Theatre Institute as part of the European festival SEAS, on the beach in Karosta, Liepaja, Latvia.

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FROTH: A SHOW ABOUT SHOPPING AND HYSTERIA

Froth was a site-specfic production which premiered in a bankrupt store in 1994, in Kensington Market, in the site later known as Videofag. A second production was presented on Queen Street a year later, with a different cast.

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FRUITS OF THE EARTH

An oratorio in motion for choir and saxophone quartet. Music by Nic Gotham.

Premiere 2003, directed by Baņuta Rubess, produced by Latvijas koncerti at the Latvian National Opera New Hall.

Available on CD from Baņuta Rubess.

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HEAD IN A BAG


A political dramedy.  Two acts.  Four women, two men.

Premiere 1992, directed by Baņuta Rubess, Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto.

 

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Horror High

A teen drama about suicide. One man, one woman, one percussionist/performer.

Premiere 1989, directed by Baņuta Rubess, for Theatre Direct at Factory Theatre, Toronto.

Nominated for a Dora Award, Outstanding Production in Children's Theatre.

 

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Mrs. Benjamin. Tips for Modern Living.

In Latvian. A one-woman show with music and a stroll. An immersive production played in three separate rooms.

Premiere production in Riga, 2009. The production has since toured to Germany, the United States and Australia.


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NO. HERE COMES ULRIKE MEINHOF, AND OBLIVION: THE STORY OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT

Half-hour radio plays written and produced for a series of my own devising, Adventure Stories for (Big) Girls.

 

Broadcast on CBC Radio.

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Oh Pilot

A chamber opera. Composer Nic Gotham. Two men, two women.

Premiere 2007, directed by Baņuta Rubess, produced by Latvijas koncerti at the Latvian National Opera New Hall, Riga.

Available on DVD. A version of the story with the same title was produced by CBC,Radio as a half hour radio drama, 1996.

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Pope Joan

A non-historical comedy. Two acts. Three men, three women.

Premiere 1984, directed by Cynthia Grant, Nightwood Theatre, Toronto.

Nominated for the Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

 

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SMOKE DAMAGE: A STORY OF THE WITCH HUNTS

Two acts, written in collabration with the ensemble. Five women.

Premiere 1983, directed by Cynthia Grant, Nightwood Theatre, Toronto.

 

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Tango Lugāno

In Latvian. A play with music in two acts. Composer Dace Aperāne.

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Thin Ice

A play for teenagers. Co-written with Beverley Cooper

Thin Ice was a first: a fast-paced, funny and hard-hitting play about sexual stereotypes and myths, created at a time when the term 'date rape' was brand new. .

Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Theatre for Young People.

Winner of the Chalmer's Children's Play Award.

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This is for you, Anna

One act.  Collectively created by The Anna Project, an ad hoc group of performer/creators --  Suzanne Khuri, Ann-Marie MacDonald and Maureen White and Baņuta Rubess. Four women.

Initially performed in a short version in 1983 as part of the Women's Perspective Festival in Toronto. Collectively directed.  Produced in 1984 by Nightwood Theatre.

Nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Innovation in Theatre.

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Varoņdarbi (Heroica)

In Latvian. A musical in two acts for eighteen characters. Composer Dace Aperāne.

 

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