A contemporary clinical abortion in the spirit of a Western.
The Doctor introduces the gang: The Supine Cobbler (wanted), her estranged sister (dead by hanging), her former best friend (missing, presumed dead) and her apprentice (a turncoat). Together they negotiate integrity in a lawless world. The Supine Cobbler is an unsentimental legend and a true story. It is a hero myth for girls.
Praisefor the productions of The Supine Cobbler:
‘The show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. ’
– Theatre Reader
‘Jill Connell … is consistently one of the most innovative playwrights in the country. ’
– Vue Weekly
‘The Supine Cobbler is brilliant, subversive and deeply hilarious. The play is about an abortion – but also: waiting, haunting, cheating, hurting, daring and the private cultivation of one’s humanity. It is singular and surprising and epic and lean as Bowie. You cannot help but talk about this play. It is the work of a lover and a rebel. To miss it, would be to miss a master in her early bloom. ’
– Claudia Dey, author of Trout Stanley and Stunt
‘I love this absolutelyidiosyncratic play. It’s very funny, moving and sharp, and the only work of art about abortion I can think of that doesn’t sentimentalize or simplify the experience, but gets the strangeness and banality of it exactly right. ’
– Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?
Jill Connell is a playwright, director, and producer and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Her plays have been produced in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, and Fredericton. She lives in Toronto.