The Monument

By Colleen Wagner
Introduction by Richard Rose

The Monument
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Stetko is the model boy next door and the son of middle-class parents, but when war arrives it forever changes his life. Although he does nothing more than follow his commanding officer's orders, when the war is over he stands accused of terrible crimes. A profoundly affecting ... Read more


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Stetko is the model boy next door and the son of middle-class parents, but when war arrives it forever changes his life. Although he does nothing more than follow his commanding officer's orders, when the war is over he stands accused of terrible crimes. A profoundly affecting two-person drama that reminds us of the faceless horror of war, and of the guilt which whole nations must carry on their shoulders. Wagner's play goes to the heart of man's inhumanity in war time.

Colleen Wagner

Colleen Wagner was born in Alberta and studied at the Ontario College of Art and at the University of Toronto. Her writing includes screenplays, stage plays, poetry, and short fiction. Her first play, Sand, was shortlisted for best international play at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. Other plays include Governor General’s Literary Award–winner The Monument, which has been translated into a dozen languages and continues to be produced internationally; The Morning Bird (published by Scirocco Drama); down from heaven (nominated for a MECCA award for best new play); and Home (published by Scirocco Drama). Her recent documentary play The Living, based on stories of survivors in post-conflict zones, premiered at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2015 and won the NOW Audience Choice Award and will be published by TalonBooks in spring 2019. She co-founded and was co-artistic director of the NotaBle Acts Theatre Company in Fredericton, NB, from 2002 to 2007. She divides her time between a riverside farm in New Brunswick and downtown Toronto and teaches at York University. Visit www.colleenwagner.ca for more information.

Richard Rose

Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Prior to joining the Tarragon in 2002, Richard was Founding Artistic Director at Necessary Angel (a position he held from 1978–2002), Associate Director for Canadian Stage Company, Director of the Stratford Festival Young Company, and spent ten seasons directing at the Stratford Festival.

He has directed plays across Canada, the United States, and in London’s West End in styles ranging from the environmental to the classical. Richard is well known for developing new work, including four plays that won the Governor General’s Literary Award and nine other nominated plays. He is a four-time Dora award winner for direction and production and has had numerous nominations.

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