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10th Annual Gift-A-Play Wish List – Details

A Christmas Carol – Keyano Theatre Company
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Welcome to the Gift-A-Play wish list details page!

Below are the titles that we’d love to add to the Theatre Alberta Library this year. Have a look, and if you see something you’d like to help us purchase head over to our Canada Helps donation page, choose the item from the list, and purchase your ticket!

30 Monologues and Dialogues for South Asian Actors

30 Monologues and Duologues for South Asian Actors

Kali Theatre

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

Published to celebrate the 30th anniversary year of Kali Theatre this is a brand new book of 30 monologues and duologues spoken by South Asian characters to be performed by actors from a South Asian/dual heritage background in auditions, workshops, and acting classes.

Andy's Gone

Andy's Gone

Marie-Claude Verdier

Playwrights Canada Press

In this contemporary retelling of Antigone, denial of what rages outside of a city’s perimeter comes to a head when a young princess named Alison tries to expose the truth of her beloved cousin Henry’s death.

The Big Secret Book

The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre

Denise Clark

UpRoute

The Big Secret Book is an invaluable guide on the subject of creativity, no matter the preferred artistic discipline. Written by Denise Clarke, director of One Yellow Rabbit Summer Lab Intensive, the book outlines methods and methodologies of the Lab that have inspired writers, dancers, musicians, as well as performance theatre artists.

The Bridge

The Bridge

Shauntay Grant

Playwrights Canada Press

A story of a family torn apart by betrayal, The Bridge invites us to consider the roads we choose in life, and to wonder whether we can ever cross back over the bridges we burn along the way.

Buffoon

Buffoon

Anosh Irani

House of Anasi Press

A story of love, loss, and the fate that binds us, Buffoon is a gut-wrenching one-man show that expertly walks the tightrope between heartbreak and hilarity.

City of the Dead and Song of the NIght

City of the Dead and Song of the Night

Gao Xingjian

Chinese University Press

Together, these two plays advance Gao Xingjian’s innovative theatrical experiments in dramatic prose across linguistic and cultural boundaries. The English translations of City of the Dead and Song of the Night in the present volume will lead to significant English-language productions of these plays, and concomitantly a greater understanding of Gao’s plays.

Queer Plays by Russian Playwrights

Contemporary Queer Plays by Russian Playwrights

Tatiana Klepikova

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

The book features plays by established and emergent playwrights of the Russian drama scene, including Roman Kozyrchikov, Andrey Rodionov and Ekaterina Troepolskaya, Valery Pecheykin, Natalya Milanteva, Olzhas Zhanaydarov, Vladimir Zaytsev, and Elizaveta Letter. Writing for children, teenagers, and adults, these authors explore gay, lesbian, trans, and other queer lives in prose and in verse.

Crippled

Crippled

Paul David Power

Breakwater Books

From childhood conflicts to overwhelming adult loss and grief, from despair to hope, Crippled presents the commonality of our inner struggles with personal demons, framed against our exterior struggles with the perceptions of others.

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen

Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and book by Steven Levenson

Theatre Communications Group

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed could be his. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to belong. Deeply personal and profoundly universal, Dear Evan Hansen is a groundbreaking American musical about truth, fiction, and the price we’re willing to pay for the possibility to connect.

Everybody Loves Robbie

Everybody Loves Robbie

Ellen Chorley

Playwrights Canada Press

Chloe and Robbie find that the rules of their relationship change when the all-star high school theatre couple head to advance training at Limelight North and each begin to question their own sexuality.

The Ferryman

The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth

Nick Hern Books

County Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.

China Trilogy

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's China Trilogy

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

Bloomsbury / Methuen Drama

Poetic and devastating, sensuous and politically acute, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s China Plays explore the forces of global capital as they explode within the lives of everyday people in contemporary China. This volume collects together the three plays in the series, including Cowhig’s exploration of the human cost of development in China’s socialist market economy (The World of Extreme Happiness), of justice and revenge amidst ecological and economic catastrophe (Snow in Midsummer), and the tale of the trade in blood that brought the AIDS crisis to rural China (The King of Hell’s Palace).

Greater Clements

Greater Clements

Samuel D. Hunter

Samuel French

In Samuel D. Hunter’s brilliant take on the decline of small-town America, a divorced Idaho business owner cares for her troubled adult son, contemplates closing her business, and weighs a tempting offer to escape her past.

Halfway There

Halfway There

Norm Foster

Playwrights Canada Press

This feel-good comedy from the most-produced playwright in Canada will envelop you in a familiar warm hug that shares the relief of finding your people.

Hangmen

Hangmen

Martin McDonagh

Faber and Faber

In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Matthew Lopez

Faber and Faber

Winner of the 2020 Tony Award for Best Play. Winner of the 2020 Drama Desk Award for Best Play. Winner of the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Play. Decades after the height of the AIDS epidemic, The Inheritance tells the story of three generations of gay men in New York City attempting to forge a future for themselves amid a turbulent and changing America.

Long Live the New Flesh

Long Live the New Flesh

David Owen, ed

Playwrights Canada Press

In this companion anthology to Digital Performance in Canada, six works of digital theatre illustrate how audiences are forced to re-evaluate definitions of performative space, bodies, and relationships.

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

Amy Herzog

Theatre Communications Group

As Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog’s remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.

Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays

Edited by Lindsey Mantoan, Angela Farr Schiller, and Leanna Keyes

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

This edited collection establishes a canon of contemporary American trans theatre which represents a variety of performance modes and genres. From groundbreaking new work from across America’s stages to unpublished work by new voices, these plays address themes such as gender identity and expression to racial and religious attitudes toward love and sex.

Our Fathers,Sons, Lovers, and Little Brothers

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

Makambe K. Simamba

Playwrights Canada Press

Slimm, a seventeen-year-old Black boy in a hoodie suddenly finds himself in the first moments of his afterlife. He calls out for God. God does not respond. What happens next is a sacred journey through the unknown, as Slimm grapples with the truth of the life he lived and the death he didn’t choose.

Plays of Arabic Heritage

Plays of Arabic Heritage

Hannah Khalil

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

This is the first ever collection of plays by Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil; the first woman of Arab heritage to have a main-stage play at the RSC. It encompasses a decade’s worth of plays exploring her Arab heritage, drawing on family histories as well as significant events in the Arab World. They were all written during a period that included the end of the war in Iraq, the intensification of the occupation of Palestine and the birth and disillusion of the so called Arab Spring.

Pretty Goblins

Pretty Goblins

Beth Graham

Playwrights Canada Press

Framed by the beauty of a well-loved poem, this story of ferocious sisterhood, addiction, and the aftermath of trauma will leave howls echoing in your ears.

Seeking Common Ground

Seeking Common Ground: Latinx and Latin American Theatre and Performance

Trevor Boffone

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

Alongside plays by Evelina Fernández, Alex Alpharaoh, J.Ed Araiza and Carlos Celdrán this anthology also includes a mix of monologues, snapshots, profiles and interviews that together provide a dynamic account of these intersections within U.S. Latinx and Latin American Theater. A unique collection it serves not only as a testament to the diversity of Latinx artists, but also to the strength of the Latinx Theater movement and its ever-growing networks across the Hemispheric Americas.

Selfie

Selfie

Christine Quintana

Playwrights Canada Press

This smart and intense play about the complexities of relationships and community opens up a much-needed conversation about the nature of consent.

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Class

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

Hannah Moscovitch

Playwrights Canada Press

The archetypal student-teacher romance is cleverly turned on its head for the post-#MeToo era in this striking play by the acclaimed author of What a Young Wife Ought to Know and Bunny.

Stew

Stew

Zora Howard

Samuel French

The Tucker women are up early to prepare a very important meal, or at least that’s what Mama says. But as the day wears on, past hurts and old resentments boil to the surface, making a mess of everything. STEW explores the substance of that special stuff passed between kinswomen and how the secrets we keep from our mothers eventually become the secrets we keep from ourselves.

Take D Milk Nah?

Take d Milk, Nah?

Jivesh Parasram

Playwrights Canada Press

In this funny, fresh, and skeptical take on the identity play, Jivesh Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to offer the Hin-dos and Hin-don’ts within the intersections of all of his highly hyphenated cultures. This story asks the gut-punching questions: What divides us? Who is served by the constructs of cultural identity? And what are we willing to accept in the desire to belong? Then again—it doesn’t really matter, because we are all Jiv.

Theatre of Lockdown

Theatre of Lockdown:
Digital and distanced performance in a time of pandemic

Barbara Fuchs

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

Offering one of the first scholarly examinations of digital and distanced performance since the global shutdown of theaters in March 2020, Barbara Fuchs provides both a record of the changes and a framework for thinking through theater’s transformation.

Theatre for Theatre Studies: Bodies

Theory for Theatre Studies: Bodies

Soyica Diggs Colbert

Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama

Theatre allows performers to shift an audience’s understandings of the shape of the bodies on stage, possibly producing a reflexive dynamic for consideration of bodies offstage as well. In addition, casting choices in the theatre, most recently and popularly in Hamilton, question how certain bodies are “cast” in social, historical, and philosophical roles. Through an analysis of contemporary case studies, including The Balcony, Angels in America, and Father Comes Home from the Wars, this volume examines how the theatre theorizes bodies.

Through the Bamboo

Through the Bamboo

Andrea Mapili and Byron Abalos

Playwrights Canada Press

With a nod to The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland, this unique Filipinx Canadian tale inspired by Philippine mythology shows the value of keeping memories alive and explores how families deal with loss.

Two Indians

Two Indians

Falen Johnson

Scirocco Drama

When the words “missing and murdered,” “truth and reconciliation,” “occupation and resistance” are everywhere, how do two Mohawk women stand their ground? Falen Johnson”s powerful Two Indians is a darkly comedic look at the landscape of being Indigenous.

The Writer

The Writer

Norm Foster

Playwrights Canada Press

This story of familial bonds provides delightfully comical and satisfyingly sentimental clarity in those small moments that will last forever.

WROL (Without Rule of Law)

WROL (Without Rule of Law)

Michaela Jeffery

Playwrights Canada Press

In the garage of her suburban duplex, twelve-year-old Josephine makes apocalypse preparedness videos and posts them to YouTube. Vic takes Jujitsu. Maureen encrypts her text messages and hordes matches (because lighters fail). Sarah stuffs her knapsack with extra socks, granola, water filtration tablets and Tolkien novels, because “you don’t know where you’re going to be… when it happens… you might not be at home.”

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Library

Children’s Literature on Stage

Adaptations of: Stuart Little; Wind in the Willows; Getting Near to Baby; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Charlotte’s Web; Hanna’s Suitcase; Treasure Island; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Neverending Story; The Velveteen Rabbit; The Bridge to Terabithia; Little Women; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; The Cay; and the Adventures of Robin Hood are all available at the Theatre Alberta Library.

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