The Masks of Judith Thompson

Edited by Ric Knowles

The Masks of Judith Thompson
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The story of Judith Thompson's coming to writing through a mask class at the National Theatre School of Canada is well known. It is told on the first page of the first article in this volume, based on Thompson's earliest extended interview, and it has been retold frequently ... Read more


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The story of Judith Thompson's coming to writing through a mask class at the National Theatre School of Canada is well known. It is told on the first page of the first article in this volume, based on Thompson's earliest extended interview, and it has been retold frequently since. But masks are much more than the route through which Thompson discovered herself as a writer. They are her way of writing, as she turns her back on her own public persona and dons the masks of each of her characters in order to discover what they have to say and their richly various ways of saying it.The articles, interviews, and panels published here provide insight into individual plays, and reading them against the plays that she was writing at their various times of first publication provides flashes of insight that can light up dark corners of the work. —from the introduction

Ric Knowles

Ric Knowles is a freelance dramaturge and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. He is the award-winning author or editor of twenty books on theatre and performance, including Fundamentals of Directing, Judith Thompson, The Masks of Judith Thompson, "Ethnic," Multicultural, and Intercultural Theatre (with Ingrid Mündel), The Shakespeare’s Mine, Asian Canadian Theatre (with Nina Lee Aquino), Staging Coyote’s Dream (two volumes, with Monique Mojica), and Performing Indigeneity (with Yvette Nolan). He is also founding editor of the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English and New Essays on Canadian Theatre.

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