Other Plays by Henry Beissel
Beissel, Henry (American playwright, actor, director, novelist, b. Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., October 2, 1923-____), “The Noose,”
a __-minute psychological drama in English, set in _____, 1989,
© 1989 by Henry Beissel;
• in Henry Beissel’s The Noose & Improvisations for Mister X (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Cormorant Books, 1989), 180 pp., ISBN 0920953190;
• script/rights available from Cormorant Books Incorporated, 62 Rose Avenue, Toronto, Ontario ON M4X 1N9, Canada, telephone 416-929-4957, e-mail email@example.com; contact Henry Bissel via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
• Cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
_____ (m), twin.
“Man listens to tape on which his twin brother explains his decision to commit suicide.” — Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 31.
• “His publications include ten volumes of poetry; six plays; translations of Bauer, Huchel, Ibsen, Mrozek, and Dorst; a book on Canada; two anthologies of plays for High Schools; and the literary journal EDGE (1963-1969). His work has been translated into many languages. In November 1994 he was awarded the first Walter-Bauer Literaturpreis in Germany. Critics and fellow writers have acclaimed his work. Patrick White wrote: ‘Henry Beissel is undoubtedly a Canadian poet of the first rank. He writes with the clarity and precision demanded of a strict imagist.’ Keith Garebian declared ‘Season of Blood one of the most powerful, moving, lyrical triumphs in modern poetry.’ When Inuk and the Sun premiered in Stratford, the theatre critic for the Chicago Tribune wrote: ‘What I would give a lot to see here next week, next year, any time, is Inuk and the Sun.as beautiful and magnificent as Homer.’ Beissel taught English and Creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal. He was promoted Emeritus Professor in 1996.” — Henry Beissel, http://www.writersunion.ca/b/beissel.htm, accessed November 4, 2002.
• “Henry Beissel is a playwright and poet living in Eastern Ontario. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Concordia University. He is also the author of more than twenty books. His play Inook and the Sun has enjoyed countless productions in many languages nationally and internationally. With composer Wolfgang Bottenberg, he produced the opera, Inook, based on his play. Beissel has also translated plays by Ibsen, Bringsvaerd, Dorst, and Mrozek.”—Henry Beissel - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsB/beissel-henry.html#2678, accessed July 2, 2008.
• “Henry Beissel is a writer and editor who has published 16 volumes of poetry; 6 books of plays; translations of works by Bauer, Huchel, Ibsen, Mrozek, Neruda, and Dorst; a non-fiction book on Canada; 2 anthologies of plays for High Schools; as well as numerous essays and short fiction. He first came to national attention with the controversial literary/political journal Edge (Edmonton, 1963 – Montreal 1969). F.R.Scott wrote that ‘Beissel finds [a] constant source of strength and renewal in the wonder of our northland... His epic (Cantos North) is the first to see it in its entirety, as a matrix which binds the whole together in a national mythology.’ Beissel's internationally successful Inuk and the Sun (‘a mythic masterpiece’, Sherrill Grace) premiered at the Stratford Festival in 1973. The Chicago theatre critic found it ‘as beautiful and magnificent as Homer’. Beissel retired in 1996 as Distinguished Emeritus Professor of English from Concordia University, Montreal. He lives with his wife, the painter and translator Arlette Francière, near Ottawa and continues to write diversely. Selected Publications: New Wings for Icarus. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1966 (with lithographs by Norman Yates). Cantos North. Moonbeam, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 1982. Season of Blood. Toronto: Mosaic Press, 1984. Across the Sun's Warp. Ottawa: BuschekBooks, 2003. A Different Sun (poems by Walter Bauer translated from the German). Ottawa: Oberon Press, 1976. Inuk and the Sun. Toronto:Gage Publishing Ltd, 1980 [now published as Inuk (bilingual edition; French translator: Arlette Francière) Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2001]. Under Coyote's Eye (play). Dunvegan: Quadrant Press, 1980. Improvisations for Mr. X & the Noose (two plays). Dunvegan: Cormorant Books, 1989. Kanada. Romantik und Wirklichkeit (with photograps by Janis Kraulis). Innsbruck(Austria): Pinguin Verlag, 1981. Awards: Beissel has received several awards: the first was the Norma Epstein Award for Creative Writing in 1958 at UofT, the last the Walter-Bauer Literaturpreis, Merseburg (Germany), 1994.”—Henry Beissel, http://www.writersunion.ca/b/beissel.htm, accessed January 29, 2007.
• Photograph 2003 by Arlette Francière from Henry Beissel, http://www.writersunion.ca/b/beissel.htm, accessed January 29, 2007.
audiotape recording, brother-brother relationship, suicide, twin.