Orchidelirium

By (author): Dave Carley

Orchidelirium is a hothouse hybrid of fact and fiction, research and hypothesis, scent and sex. The name of the flower itself is derived from the Greek word â “òorchisâ” meaning testis. Through their resemblance to human and animal sexual organs, orchids were thought to stimulate lust. In fact, it was long believed that the flowers sprang from the spilled semen of mating animals. For the Victorian Alice O’Keefe, who established one of America’s great collections of orchids (before venturing into flora introduction), the delirium leads to environmental disaster. For Frances O’Keefe, the hothouse her ancestry built and which she fiercely protects, will once again fill with the flower of legend&#151and orchidelirium.

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Dave Carley

Dave Carley is the author of a number of works for stage, including Writing With Our Feet, After You, A View From The Roof, Taking Liberties and, most recently, a dramatization of Margaret Atwood?s novel The Edible Woman. He has been nominated for the Governor General?s Award for Drama and is a three-time Chalmers Award finalist. He received the 2000 Arthur Miller Playwriting Award from the University of Michigan and has been the playwright-in-residence at Ontario?s Stratford Festival and Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. Dave was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, and currently lives in Toronto.

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Orchidelirium is a hothouse hybrid of fact and fiction, research and hypothesis, scent and sex. The name of the flower itself is derived from the Greek word â “òorchisâ” meaning testis. Through their resemblance to human and animal sexual organs, orchids were thought to stimulate lust. In fact, it was long believed that the flowers sprang from the spilled semen of mating animals. For the Victorian Alice O’Keefe, who established one of America’s great collections of orchids (before venturing into flora introduction), the delirium leads to environmental disaster. For Frances O’Keefe, the hothouse her ancestry built and which she fiercely protects, will once again fill with the flower of legend&#151and orchidelirium.

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Dimensions:

96 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * 0.25in
0.321lb

Published:

August 01, 2004

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9780920486795

Book Subjects:

DRAMA / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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