War

By Dennis Foon
Preface by Guillermo Verdecchia

War
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Shane, Tommy, Brad, and Andy are disconnected from themselves, and everyone around them because they’ve been taught, as part of “being a man,” to be aggressive and invulnerable. Language is used to reduce, disparage, and control others. In this play, Dennis Foon invents ... Read more


Overview

Shane, Tommy, Brad, and Andy are disconnected from themselves, and everyone around them because they’ve been taught, as part of “being a man,” to be aggressive and invulnerable. Language is used to reduce, disparage, and control others. In this play, Dennis Foon invents a slang for the characters to speak, to point at the way we use words as weapons.

Dennis Foon

Dennis Foon was the co-founder of Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre and served as Artistic Director for twelve years, where he began writing a body of groundbreaking plays for which he has received the British Theatre Award, two Chalmers Awards, and the Jesse Richardson Career Achievement Award. He has received a Gemini Award, two Writers Guild of Canada Awards, and four Leo Awards for his screenplays, which include Little Criminals, White Lies, Torso, Shine of Rainbows, and On The Farm. His latest feature film, Indian Horse—adapted from the novel by Richard Wagamese—premiered at TIFF in 2017.

Guillermo Verdecchia

Guillermo Verdecchia
Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads.

Reviews

“Dennis Foon, author of New Canadian Kid and Skin and Liars, gives us a violent jolt into the world of adolescence with his new play, War. Growing up to be a man is not easy in a society where brutality and aggression are a means of survival and dreams are held at knife-point. And Foon’s teens do have dreams. Their hopes are voiced in soliloquies that are often lyrical and powerful. ”
—Jennifer Sullivan, CM Magazine

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