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“Going Down the River”

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Longfield, Kevin (Canadian playwright, journalist, college instructor, directing, producer, dramaturg, 1950-____), “Going Down the River,”

a 45-minute drama in English, set in the Principal's office of an inner-city high school, 1989, and in 1960s livingroom,


; • © 1989 by Kevin Longfield; • in Kevin Longfield’s Going Down the River (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: The Author, 1989); • script/rights available from Playwrights Guild of Canada, 54 Wolseley Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1A5, Canada, http://www.playwrightsguild.com/pgc/main.asp; • contact Kevin Longfield, 276 Aubrey Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 2J2, Canada, e-mail kevinl@escape.ca, telephone (home) 204-489-2236, (work) 204-9498453. • Cited by Kevin Longfield via ftp December 30, 2004; Longfield says,

§ Dramatis Personae Mr. Thomas (m), 60, Lettie’s father; Nigel (m), 25, substitute teacher; Lettie Thomas (f), 40, black Principal of high school; Paula (f), 38, upset single parent.

§ Synopsis “Lettie Thomas, the principal of an inner-city high school, has to arbitrate a dispute between Nigel, an inexperienced substitute teacher, and Paula, a single parent of a troubled student. The student has accused Nigel of racism in the way he teaches Huckleberry Finn. Throughout the dispute, Lettie's subconscious intervenes in the form of her father, visible only to her.

§ Comment “The set consists of enough furniture to suggest a principal’s office. Other pieces of furniture make up a separate playing area for flashback scenes. • Original production at the University of Winnipeg, 1989. Second production at the Winnipeg Fringe, 1990. Won a national award in a one-act playwriting competition. Published in Canadian Mosaic: 6 Plays, edited by Aviva Ravel (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Simon & Pierre Publishing Company, Ltd., 1995), ISBN 088924264X. Cited in the British Journal of Moral Education [ISSN 0305-7240 02] as an example of how to use plays to teach moral thinking. The author, John Basourakis, says the play ‘offers an engaging account of a moral agent struggling to reconcile her personal commitments to her moral roots.’ The Globe and Mail says the play ‘manages to evoke a whole set of social and historic problems through one pivotal incident.’ Ken Dyba says, ‘The sense of theatre is exquisite.’” • “University of Winnipeg theatre graduate Kevin Longfield has worked in arts journalism and theatre for 20 years. He was Winnipeg correspondent for Theatrum magazine from 1990 until it folded in 1995. His one-act play, 'Going Down the River,' has won several awards and appears in the anthology Canadian Mosaic. His involvement in theatre spans journalism, playwriting, directing, producing, board management and dramaturgy. During the day Kevin puts his engineering degree to work producing technical manuals for the telecommunications industry.”—Signature Editions, http://www.signature-editions.com/xbkl.htm, accessed January 13, 2005.

§ Themes ambition, Canada, censorship, cultural identity, diversity, high school, Huckleberry Finn, literature, moral choices, racism.

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