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"The Living Breathing Will"

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Paw, Christopher (Canadian playwright, producer, former Executive Director of French for the Future, 1967-January 5, 2004), "The Living Breathing Will,"

a 55-minute drama in English set indeterminately without regard to time,


; 1993 by Christopher Paw; in Christopher Paw's The Living Breathing Will (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Author, 1993);    script/rights available from the estate of Christopher Paw, 603-177 Mutual Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2P6, Canada, telephone (home) 416-598-8142, fax 416-598-3365. Cited to Webmaster by Christopher Paw via ftp, May 25, 1996; Paw says,

Dramatis Personae The Actor (m), 37, executor.

Synopsis The actor plays on the instructions of the playwright in performing the Last Will and Testament and Living Will of the writer. An introduction and explanation of self leads into anecdotal stories about the playwright's friends and lovers (same idea in reverse of a memorial service). Personal reflection considers pride, prejudice, mortality, suicide, love, disease. Instructions for funeral, and death/dying presented as legally binding to audience. Concludes with request presented to audience to act upon what has been shared.

Comment A half-hour version also exits. Stills and a video of the shorter version are available."

Themes audience involvement, death, disease, funeral, law, love, mortality, prejudice, pride, suicide, will.

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Page mounted May 25, 1996, and updated May 27, 1997, January 12, 2004, by the Webmaster.

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