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Shylock by Mark Leiren-Young


By Mark Leiren-Young

Shylock is an award-winning play about a Jewish actor who finds himself condemned by his own community for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s notorious Jew.

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The Sound of Whales by David Charles MacLean

Sound of Whales

By David MacLean

The Sound of Whales is a lyric-comedy about language, our obsessive reliance upon it, and how linear thought can inhibit understanding. David MacLean’s play has its roots in his personal experience in dealing with governmental, educational, and medical bureaucracies. The frustration the playwright expresses toward these institutions is balanced by the love and devotion a father feels for his son. The Sound of Whales is at once tender and angry, intimate and universal.”

— Robert Garfat, from ”A Director’s Analysis.”

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The Stone Face

By Sherry MacDonald

The year is 1964 and first-time film director Alan Schneider is about to embark on a project combining the talents of Buster Keaton and Samuel Beckett.

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Tortoise Boy: A Chamber Play

By Charles Tidler

Four disparate people confront each other, their memory and their responsibility at the emergency room of a hospital when brought together by the crisis of a teenager suffering a psychiatric episode.

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True Mummy by Tom Cone

True Mummy: A Play

By Tom Cone

True Mummy is a compelling drama, which presents provocative ideas and poses difficult questions connected to issues of life and death, morality and art, ritual versus utilitarianism, and the “opposing concepts of creation and desecration.”

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