By Robin C. Whittaker

This assortment commemorates Walterdale’s fiftieth anniversary and highlights the social and inventive importance of novice theatre perform in Canada by way of drawing jointly major performs by means of acclaimed and rising Canadian playwrights, exact introductions, and archival creation images.

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Pause) As long as your play isn’t a direct satire on American intervention. ,SX8LIWTMER%GXMSR4VIQMIVI4PE]WJVSQ;EPXIVHEPI4PE]LSYWI [VMXIV I leave that to the Americans. HMVIGXSV You’d be wise to. [VMXIV Well this lovely scene in which the strip tease dancer from Montana who has been captured by the Viet Cong, raped, tortured, and thrust into a lunatic asylum—is visited by a Roman Catholic father … (Emphasis) She takes off all her clothes (He starts to divest himself of his clothes) HMVIGXSV She takes off all her clothes?

Thorsell later became the editorial board chair and CEO of the Globe and Mail. Predictably, critics did not miss an opportunity to play the genre infidelity card with Chief Shaking Spear Rides Again. ’ How could it be? How many melodramas are there set in Western Canada celebrating the RCMP Centennial featuring an Indian Chief and telling the story of Walterdale Playhouse? If I could have found one I wouldn’t have had to write it” (1). Of course, the critics (and Graves) were not  ,SX8LIWTMER%GXMSR4VIQMIVI4PE]WJVSQ;EPXIVHEPI4PE]LSYWI entirely accurate.

VMXIV But I’m a writer and I’d only get it all too literary. (Pause) Why don’t we just go ahead and produce it. (Pause) Just think of me as the playscript. (Pause) An oral playscript. HMVIGXSV I think you have an idea. (Pause) You’ll stand beside me and create the play at the same time as I direct it? [VMXIV Yes. HMVIGXSV You did say the title was your total responsibility. [VMXIV I was making an extravagant claim. But we could start with the American Bombardment of a Lunatic Asylum in Hanoi while Peter Brook was Directing a Canadian Telephone Directory There.

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