Plays

Zero Tolerance and Other Plays:

(2013)

In May 2007, 15-year old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. One month later, an investigation resulted in a 595-page report entitled ‘The Road to Health‘. A few months later, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report among teachers in Toronto, I adapted the report into a dramatic script called Zero Tolerance. The play was performed for the first time in September 2008 for 500 new teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s annual Safe Schools Conference.

 

Zero Tolerance along with two other play scripts, Lost Daughter and Ana’s Shadow, is available as an anthology. The plays take up themes of racism, xenophobia and homophobia and experienced by racialized and marginalized families in North America.

In May 2007, 15-year old Jordan Manners was shot and killed in the hallway of his Toronto school. One month later, an investigation resulted in a 595-page report entitled ‘The Road to Health‘. A few months later, in an attempt to provoke discussion about the report among teachers in Toronto, I adapted the report into a dramatic script called Zero Tolerance. The play was performed for the first time in September 2008 for 500 new teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s annual Safe Schools Conference.

 

Zero Tolerance along with two other play scripts, Lost Daughter and Ana’s Shadow,is available as an anthology. The plays take up themes of racism, xenophobia and homophobia and experienced by racialized and marginalized families in North America.

Staging Harriet’s House:

Writing and Producing Research Informed Theatre (2012)

Staging Harriet’s House (2012) describes the 2010 production of Harriet’s House, an ethnographic play about transnational adoption in a lesbian family, for Toronto Pride Festival. Providing practical advice for anyone interested in producing their own work, Staging Harriet’s House engages with the topics of writing, workshopping, rehearsing and staging ethnographic plays.   Readers will find references to work by American, Australian, British, and other Canadian research-informed theatre artists. The text includes the script that was performed in the 2010 production of the play, as well as a selected bibliography on research-informed theatre.

Staging Harriet’s House (2012) describes the 2010 production of Harriet’s House, an ethnographic play about transnational adoption in a lesbian family, for Toronto Pride Festival. Providing practical advice for anyone interested in producing their own work, Staging Harriet’s House engages with the topics of writing, workshopping, rehearsing and staging ethnographic plays.   Readers will find references to work by American, Australian, British, and other Canadian research-informed theatre artists. The text includes the script that was performed in the 2010 production of the play, as well as a selected bibliography on research-informed theatre.

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