Recently Produced

These plays from the PLEDGE database have recently been produced in schools. Most productions have been at the post-secondary level (college and university) although we have learned of some at the secondary (high-school) level as well. Dates and locations indicated are for school productions only, not professional productions. Let us know if you know of any we missed!

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The Refugee Hotel by Carmen Aguirre

Known School Productions: The Refugee Hotel has seen post-secondary productions in Toronto, ON (2023); Irvine, CA, USA (2020); Vancouver, BC (2017) and London, ON (2016).

Preview: In a run-down hotel in 1974, only months after the start of the infamous Pinochet regime, eight Chilean refugees struggle, at times haplessly, at times profoundly, to decide if fleeing their homeland means they have abandoned their friends and responsibilities or not. Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of this Jessie Award-winning play are the universal truths the victims and survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere: the terror of persecution, arrest and torture; the exhausted elation of escape; the trauma of learning to live again with the losses, betrayals and agonies of the past; the irrational guilt of the survivor – even the tragedy of surviving the nightmares of the past only to have them return to challenge any hope of the future. [more]

Availability: The Refugee Hotel is available through the CPO Website. Also available through Playwright’s Website.

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Bone Cage by Catherine Banks

Known School Productions: Over the last decade, Bone Cage has seen productions at post-secondary institutions in England, UK (2018); Regina, SK (2018); Fredericton, NB (2018) and Toronto, ON (2014). Bone Cage has also been adapted into a feature film.

Preview: Bone Cage is a poetic and darkly humorous portrayal of life in rural Nova Scotia, where stripping the environment means stripping your soul. Jamie is twenty-two years old and works twelve-hour shifts operating a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction he has created looking for injured birds and animals and rescues those he can. Jamie’s desire to escape this world is thwarted by his fear of leaving the place where he has some status. [more]

Availability: Bone Cage is available through the CPO Website and the Playwrights Canada Press. For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection. To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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Innocence Lost: A Play about Stephen Truscott by Beverley Cooper

Known School Productions: Innocence Lost has been recently produced at the post-secondary level in Quebec, QC (2019) and Vancouver, BC (2014).

Preview: In 1959 in rural Ontario, Canada, a 12-year-old girl named Lynne Harper was found raped and strangled to death. Within days, her 14-year-old classmate Steven Truscott was charged with her murder. After a two-week trial, Steven was deemed guilty and sentenced to hang. Thus began the story that inflamed the community, the country and the world. [more]

Availability: Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott is published by Scirocco Drama. Also available through the CPO Website. For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection. To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Alissa Grams

Known School Productions: Alissa Grams’ adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous 19th century short story has been produced at the secondary level in Interlochen, MI, USA (2022), Deltona, FL, USA (2019) and Calgary, AB (2015).

Preview: Jane is a young mother living in the late-19th century America with her husband, John, who has rented out a large summer estate in hopes of helping Jane deal with her “temporary nervous depression” as he calls it. The cure: bed rest. Left alone with her own discordant thoughts, Jane is driven to insanity. Hallucination slowly emerges with reality, and in the attempt to distinguish between the two, how do we know what to believe when it is all a matter of perception? The Yellow Wallpaper is a one-act adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story of the same name, featuring six actors. [more]

Availability: Available through the CPO Website. To view more plays like this, click here.

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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Known School Productions: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) has seen frequent school productions since published 35 years ago. Recent post-secondary productions have been in Quebec, QC (2022); Ramapo, NY, USA (2022); Toronto, ON (2020); Victoria, BC (2019), along with a secondary-level production in Caledon, ON (2016).

Preview: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is an exuberant comedy and feminist revisioning of Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet. It takes us from a dusty office in Canada’s Queen’s University, into the fraught and furious worlds of two of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies, and turns them upside-down. Constance Ledbelly is the beleaguered “spinster” academic, and unlikely heroine who embarks on a quest for Shakespearean origins and, ultimately, her own identity. [more]

Availability: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is available through Penguin Random House. Also available through the CPO Website. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) can be accessed by the Canadian Play Outlet.

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Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice by Janet Munsil

Known School Productions: Janet Munsil’s Pride and Prejudice has seen post-secondary productions in Ellensburg, WA, USA (2022); Melton, England, UK (2022); Tiffin, OH, USA (2021); Minneapolis, MN, USA (2021); Birmingham, AB, USA (2021); San Dimas, CA, USA (2020); Lusby, MD, USA (2020); Chicago, IL, USA (2020); Paisley, FL, USA (2020); Solana Beach, CA, USA (2019); Vancouver, BC (2018) and Canterbury, UK (2014). We are aware of one secondary-level production in Greenwich, CT, USA (2018).

Preview: In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet is an English country gentleman living surrounded by women – his wife and five unmarried daughters – good and beautiful Jane, the headstrong and clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, impish, silly Kitty and wild child Lydia. With no male heirs, the family estate will be inherited by a distant cousin, leaving Mrs. Bennet fearful of what is to become of them. When Mr. Bingley, a rich upper-class gentleman buys a large house next door, Mrs Bennet orders eldest daughter Jane to capture Mr. Bingley’s affections. [more]

Availability: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is available through the CPO Website. Also available through Amazon. To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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The Birds by Yvette Nolan

Known School Productions: Yvette Nolan’s adaptation of The Birds was produced at the post-secondary level in Edmonton, AB (2021) and at the secondary level in Albany, NY, USA (2021).

Preview: In this updated version of Aristophanes’ classic comedy The Birds, two men flee the modern world, arriving in the fabled land of the birds seeking freedom and a better way of life. But the men are unable to resist remaking this utopian paradise in their own image, without regard for the inhabitants who already occupy the land. In this playful modern retelling, The Birds reflects on pressing contemporary Indigenous questions about truth and reconciliation. [more]

Availability: The Birds is available on the CPO Website. To view more plays like this, click here.

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Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock

Known School Productions: First produced in 1979, Sharon Pollock’s celebrated play Blood Relations has seen many school productions over the decades. Recent productions at the post-secondary level are in Cambridge, UK (upcoming 2023), Rochester, NY, USA (2021); Angleton, TX, USA (2021); Regina, SK (2018) and Montreal, QC (2018).

Preview: Set year’s after the murder of her father and step-mother, Blood Relations centres on Lizzie Borden and an elaborate game of role-playing she engages in with her friend the actress, to once and for all answer the question, “Lizzie, did you?” [more]

Availability: Blood Relations is available through the CPO Website. Additional information is available on the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. To view other works by this playwright, click here.

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Seeds by Annabel Soutar

Known School Productions: Seeds has seen school productions at the post-secondary level in Winnipeg, MB (2022); Montreal, QC (2020); Palos Heights, IL, USA (2019); Fredericton, NB (2016); Vancouver, BC (2014) and Burlington, VT, USA (2014). We know of one secondary production in Atlanta, GA, USA (2013).

Preview: Part courtroom drama and part social satire, Seeds presents an intelligent portrait of farming and scientific communities in conflict and at the same time penetrates the complex science of genetically modified crops. The play documents the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada showdown between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and biotech multinational Monsanto Inc., a David-and-Goliath struggle that cast Schmeiser as the small-farmer underdog fighting the unscrupulous major corporation. [more]

Availability: Seeds is available through Talonbooks. To view other works by this playwright, click here.