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"Canada Ending and Other Wars of 1812"

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Bartel, Rob (Canadian playwright, poet, video game designer, 1976-____), "Canada Ending and Other Wars of 1812,"

a 75-minute multimedia soapbox play in English or in French, set across Canada, 1995,


; 1996 by Rob Bartel; in Rob Bartel's Canada Ending and Other Wars of 1812: (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: The Author, 1996); script/rights available from Rob Bartel, 1678 Tompkins Place, Edmonton, Alberta T6R 2Y6, Canada, contact playwright via e-mail rbartel@shaw.ca, telephone (home) 1-780-435-6534. French-language version "La Fin du Canada et Autres Guerres de 1812," by Gerald Woodard. Cited by Rob Bartel via e-mail, April 4, 1996; Bartel says,

Dramatis Personae Chris (m), 24, Canadian; James (m), 26, Canadian.

Synopsis "Using song, ball hockey, satire, stand-up comedy, monologue, poetry, audience participation, juggling, dream, and theatre, two Canadians make a physical, emotional, and intellectual journey from the nation's heart, to its extremes, and back. Funny, sad, angry, and enlightening, 'Canada Ending' is a cry in the political dark. In the midst of Western alienation, direct democracy, budget slashing, Quebec separatism, unemployment, neo-conservatism, and Americanization, the characters probe the significance of being Canadian in a Canada that's ending."

Comments "'Canada Ending' is billed as 'a soapbox play for two men and an (imagi)nation.' [To the Webmaster in 1996:] All the best with this site. As theatres and publishing houses face more and more budget constraints, nontraditional publication venues such as this are a saving grace. I am currently working with an Australian-based international theatre festival (Interplay) as they attempt a similar project, focusing, however, on unpublished plays. Unfortunately, we do not expect to have it up and running until summer '97; but, when we do, we'll have to link up. For now, they can be contacted at the following addresses: Interplay Festival Office, Dept. of Creative Arts, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia, telephone (61 77) 814 993, fax. (61 77) 814 021 or Interplay Head Office, P.O. Box 1164, Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, telephone/fax (61 2) 357 3206."

Themes Americanization of Canada, being Canadian, budget slashing, direct democracy, neo-conservatism, Quebec separatism, unemployment, Western alienation.

See also Rob Bartel's

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Page updated April 18, 1996, and updated October 28, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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