Alien Creature: A Visitation with Gwendolyn MacEwen
Other Plays by Linda Griffiths
Griffiths, Linda (Canadian playwright, actress, b. in Montreal, Quebec, Ontario, May 22, 1956-____), “Alien Creature: A Visitation with Gwendolyn MacEwen,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, 1999,
© 1999 by Linda Griffiths;
• in Linda Griffiths’ Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Canada Press, 2000), 58 pp., ISBN-10 088754598X, ISBN-13 9780887545986, LCCN 00421191;
• also, in Linda Griffiths’ Sheer Nerve: Seven Plays (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.: Blizzard Publishing, 1999), 301 pp., ISBN 0921368860, containing “Maggie & Pierre,” “O.D. on Paradise,” “Jessica,” “The Darling Family: A Duet for Three,” “A Game of Inches,” “Brother Andre’s Heart,” “The Duchess, a.k.a. Wallis Simpson”;
• script/rights available from Playwrights Canada Press, 215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 230, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7, Canada, telephone 416-703-0013;
• contact Linda Griffiths, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01803 840964.
• Cited by new one acts july 10, 2003.doc, http://www.theatresaskatchewan.com/theatresask/docs/oneactsjuly2003.pdf#search=%22John%20Gounod%20Campbell%22, accessed August 28, 2006.
Gwendolyn MacEwen (f), __, novelist and poet.
• The playwright has starred in this play.
• “Gwendolyn Margaret MacEwen (1 September 1941 - 29 November 1987) was a Canadian novelist and poet. During her lifetime she wrote 26 books. MacEwen was born in Toronto, Ontario. Her first poem was published in The Canadian Forum when she was only 17, and she left school at 18 to pursue a writing career. She married poet Milton Acorn in 1962, although they divorced two years later. MacEwen won the Governor General's Award in 1969 for her poetry collection The Shadow Maker. She won her second Governor General's Award in 1987 for Afterworlds. MacEwen was regarded as one of Canada's greatest poets, whose work was visionary, witty and drew readily on themes and images of magic and mythology. She served as Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario in 1985, and the University of Toronto in 1986 and 1987. MacEwen died in 1987, at the age of 46, of health problems related to alcoholism. Rosemary Sullivan published a biography of MacEwen, Shadow Maker, in 1995, which won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction. Tributes to her in fiction have also been published by Margaret Atwood (the short story "Isis in Darkness") and Linda Griffiths (the play 'Alien Creature'). As well, a park in Toronto has been named in her honour.”—Gwendolyn MacEwen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwendolyn_MacEwen, accessed January 27, 2007.
• Research could include Brent Wood’s (a sessional instructor in the Department of English at Trent University) review “Alien creature: Visitation with Gwendolyn MacEwen” by Linda Griffiths,” CTR 103 (Summer 2000): 88-89; see the full text of this review at Alien Creature: A Visitation with Gwendolyn MacEwen by Brent Wood, http://www.utpjournals.com/product/ctr/103/alien03.html, accessed January 27, 2007.
• “Linda Griffiths' award-winning play ‘Alien Creature: a visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwan’ fuses biography, poetry and theatre in the form on a monodrama which involves direct audience address through the ghost presence of Gwendolyn MacEwan. Other biographical plays by Griffiths include: ‘Maggie and Pierre’ (1980) about Pierre Elliot and Margaret Trudeau and ‘The Duchess’ (1998) about Wallis Simpson. These plays and others written by Linda Griffiths are published by Playwrights Canada Press. There is a book review of ‘Alien Creatures’ in Canadian Literature. Susan Bennet has written ‘Performing Lives: Linda Griffiths and Other Famous Women,’ which appears in Performing National Identities published by Playwrights Canada Press. This site shows a review of the play ‘Alien Creatures’ published in Toronto Sun with a photo of Griffiths in character. This site provides a preview of the Theatre Passe Muraille's production of ‘Alien Creatures.’ This site has a preview of a Calgary production of the play ‘Alien Creatures.’ For another review of a production of the play ‘Alien Creatures’ go to: http://www.utpjournals.com/product/ctr/103/alien03.html. The CBC Audio Catalogue carries audiocassette recordings of ‘Alien Creatures.’“—Exploratory Workshop, http://autobiography.arts.ubc.ca/page3Exploratoryworkshop.html#lindagriffiths, accessed January 27, 2007.
• Research could include Claudia Dey’s The Gwendolyn Poems, ISBN 0-88754-630-7, nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama.
• “Linda Griffiths (born 22 May 1956) is a Canadian actor and playwright. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Griffiths studied at Dawson College, the National Theatre School, and McGill University. She was the recipient of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for her 1980 one-woman play 'Maggie and Pierre,' in which she played both Margaret Sinclair and Pierre Trudeau. Griffiths has been most closely associated with Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille. Primarily a stage actor, she has also done some television and film work, including episodes of the TV series Friday the 13th, Street Legal, Katts and Dog, Beyond Reality, Due South, Traders and Twice in a Lifetime. She had the starring role in Lianna (1983). Sheer Nerve, a collection of seven of her plays, was published in 1999.”—Linda Griffiths - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Griffiths, accessed January 27, 2007.
• Page mounted January 27, 2007, updated March 5, 2011, by Webmaster.
biography, ghost, MacEwen (Gwendolyn Margaret MacEwen, Canadian novelist and poet, 1941-1987).