The Pessimist introduces us to a motley troupe of artists: Marcus, a dying theatre director, his wife, a playwright, a wannabe acress, and a neophyts politician join forces to stage a play in the garbage dump of a small Ontario town. Their rented farmhouse becomes a refuge from reality wher romance, sex, cameraderie, anbd conversation attempt to stave off the inevitable. This Chekhovian idyll is punctuated by metaphorical zombies, women bearing pies, strange sounds in the night-and suffused with love and loss. A philosophical romantic comedy, The Pessimist asks us to consider how we keep living, when life as we know it is ending. The Pessimist is a companion piece to Brebner's The Optimists (Scirocco Drama, 2006), which was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
|Publisher:||J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Morwyn Brebner's debut play, Music for Contortionist (Scirocco Drama, 2001), was co-produced by the Shaw Festival and the Tarragon Theatre in 2000 and nominated for a Dora and a Chalmers award. Other plays include Liquor Guns Karate and the musical Little Mercy's First Murder (Scirocco Drama, 2004) (with composers Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey; winner of seven Dora Mavor Moore awards, including outstanding new musical). The Optimists (Scirocco Drama, 2005) was nominated for five Betty Mitchell awards, including best new play (Theatre Junction, Calgary). Brebner is a graduate of the National Theatre School and a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.