The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

by Leanna Brodie


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It’s June 1981. Farmers face a debt crisis with interest rates as high as 20 percent. More than three hundred men are arrested after police sweeps of Toronto bathhouses, yet Pride Toronto launches its first gay-pride parade. Everything’s changing, including fifteen-year-old Esther, who escapes the family farm and runs away to the city. With the help of a brash young hustler and a gay activist who shelters street kids, she confronts her conservative-Christian parents—farmers on the brink of financial ruin—and begins to find her way home. Acclaimed playwright Leanna Brodie excels with this heartwarming coming-of-age, and coming-out, drama.

The Book of Esther examines the seemingly irreconcilable positions of two groups: conservative rural Christians and militantly anti-religious urban queer activists. But Brodie doesn’t take sides. Instead, it’s like she’s picked up a rock to discover what’s scurrying around underneath, pointed it out to us, and said, “Isn’t this interesting. Maybe we should all look at this for a while. Maybe we should talk about it, instead of just pretending that it isn’t there.”

Cast of 2 women and 3 men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889226821
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Leanna Brodie is an actor, writer, and translator. Her plays (published by Talonbooks) include For Home and Country, The Vic, and Schoolhouse, as well as CBC radio dramas Invisible City and Seeds of Our Destruction. She was the first Canadian invited to the ACT/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights’ Festival in Seattle, Washington. She also translates Quebec drama into English—most recently, Louise Bombardier’s Ma mère chien and Hélène Ducharme’s Baobab. Her libretti were heard in Tapestry New Opera Works’ Opera to Go 2008; in David Ogborn’s acclaimed site-specific piece Opera on the Rocks; and in Emergence, his song cycle featuring a singing robot. The Angle of Reflection, with New Zealand composer Anthony Young, was produced by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The Book of Esther, a love story about urban queers and rural evangelicals, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2010. Schoolhouse has been seen by more than 20,000 Canadians in multiple sold-out runs, and is slated for further productions in 2012.

Table of Contents

A Note about the Language Used
Cultural Timeline
Production Notes
Cast List
The Book of Esther Playscript
Author Bio

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