Vancouver's New Play Centre led the way in developing and producing
the work of playwrights from Western Canada for the emergent
Canadian theatre in the 1970s. The New Play Centre has been a major
force in Canadian cultural life for two decades; it retains its
dual role as playwrighting workshop and production company and
remains an important facility for dramatists to reach national and
To mark the New Play Centre's twentieth year, Talonbooks presents a
collection of eight of the finest plays produced by the company
from 1975 to 1989: "Herringbone" by Tom Cone; "Ned and Jack" by
Sheldon Rosen; "Something Red" by Tom Walmsley; "Dreaming and
Duelling" by John Lazarus and Joa Lazarus; "War Babies" by Margaret
Hollingsworth; "Under the Skin" by Betty Lambert; "The Idler" by
Ian Weir; and "The Wolf Within" by Alex Brown. All of these plays
have been produced throughout Canada, and often abroad, and remain
in active production today. Each script appears in its most current
form, with the playwright's latest revisions, along with
biographical and production data and photos.
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