Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Enter Lesbian, Stage Right By David King

Canada has finally published its first anthology of lesbian plays. “Ten years ago, I was told there wasn’t really a market," says editor, Rosalind Kerr, a University of Alberta professor and artist. When she was finally approached to edit Lesbian Plays: Coming of Age In Canada, it was on the basis that there wasn’t enough work available by and about lesbians.

Coming of Age contains a dozen works (several award winners) produced since 1989 in Canadian venues large and small—yes, mostly small. With Toronto companies like Nightwood, Tarragon and Buddies overwhelmingly involved behind-the-scenes, it’s also a startling reminder of how few other Canadian stages have braved the dyke play.

This past June, the anthology sold all on-hand copies at its Toronto Pride launch in NOW Magazine’s Lounge. Contributing artists like Alec Butler, Susan G. Cole and Corrina Hodgson joined Kerr for the celebratory event in an intimate atmosphere upstaged only by Church Street Pride antics a few blocks away.


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