Sex, Cold Cans, and a Coffin
Other Plays by Chris Johnson
Johnson, Chris (aka Christopher Johnson, Canadian playwright, professor, 1944-____), “Sex, Cold Cans, and a Coffin,”
a __-minute black comedy in English, set in an old folks’ home, Canada, 1980,
© 1980 by Chris Johnson;
• in Chris Johnson’s Sex, Cold Cans, and a Coffin (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Co-op, 1972), ISBN _____, __ pp.
• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 169.
• Also, cited in The Brock Bibliography of Published Canadian Plays in English 1766-1978, edited by Anton Wagner (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Press, 1980) 1980), ISBN 0887541577, ISBN 0887541550;
• Also, cited by Chris Johnson via e-mail June 12, 1997, August 19, 2001.
• script/rights available from Chris Johnson, Theatre Programme, 467 University College, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada, telephone 204-474-9758, email@example.com.
_____ (m), old man; _____ (m), old man; _____ (f), a young sociologist; _____ (f_), _____.
“Two old men who sustain themselves with the thought of sexual rejuvenation put their fantasy to the test when a young woman arrives to do a sociological survey of the home.”—Brock, 183.
“Two men in a nursing home sustain themselves with various fantasies, particularly the possibility of sexual rejuvenation.”—Fidell, 169.
• Premiered at Frederic Wood Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, December, 1967.—Brock, 183.
• “Chris Johnson BA, MA (UBC), PhD (Leeds). Professor in Theatre. BA, MA (UBC), PhD (Leeds). Professor in Theatre. Major interests: theatrical production, dramatic theory, Canadian and Commonwealth drama. Author of Essays on George F. Walker: Playing With Anxiety and of many articles on Canadian and Commonwealth plays, playwrights, and theatres. Contributor to The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, the Canadian volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, Canadian Drama and the Critics, Contemporary Canadian Drama and On-Stage: Discourse in English Canadian Drama. Has worked as playwright, director, and actor with fringe, and university theatres in Canada and England. Dr. Johnson has directed twenty-four productions for the Black Hole Theatre Company at the University of Manitoba, among them the premiere production of Departures and Arrivals by Professor Carol Shields, and The Bacchae, The Miser, Antigone, Lysistrata, The Trojan Women, A Man's a Man, Oedipus the King, Tartuffe, Criminals in Love, Better Living, Ubu Rex; and She Would If She Could, and has co-directed All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure with Professor Victor Cowie and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Aarif Shivji and The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Professor Bill Kerr and Nathan Dueck. In addition, he has served as faculty advisor for about one hundred and twenty BHT productions. In 1994, co-directed the Prairie Theatre Exchange production of Fox, and directed the PTE/Black Hole co-production of George F. Walker’s Tough!. Dr Johnson is a Winner of the University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching and Service, and a University of Manitoba Outreach Award.”—University of Manitoba: Faculty of Arts - Theatre Program - Chris Johnson, http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/theatre/staff/johnson.html, accessed December 14, 2006.
• A Chris Johnson article, “Ordinary Pleasures (and Terrors): The Plays of Carol Shields”, was included in the Prairie Fire book . . . Carol Shields: The Arts of a Writing Life; Chris gave a reading from his essay at the book’s launch at the Grant Park McNally Robinson last April. The Shaw Festival commissioned Chris to write the program essay, “Talking to the Victims”, for the Festival’s production of George F. Walker’s Nothing Sacred last season. Last spring, he was a panelist talking about the role of the critic in new play development at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works. Recently, he interviewed Ulla Ryum on the subject of theatre training for an upcoming book about the Danish writer, director, and teacher. Chris directed Marcel Pursued by the Hounds for Tremblayfest 2005 in the current season, and also participated in the panel on staging Tremblay. He’ll be directing the staged reading of George Hunka’s new play in the upcoming Carol Shields Festival of New Work. [Black Hole Theatre Company Newsletter, Spring 2005]—BHTCO5Newsletter.pdf, http://www.umanitoba.ca/theatre/BHTC05Newsletter.pdf, accessed December 14, 2006.
• "Dr. Chris Johnson - Merit Award Posted Friday, August 1, 2008 10:32 AM - Dr. Chris Johnson received a 2007 Merit Award for Teaching, Research/Creative Activities, and Service. Last spring, he presented a paper, "Staging the Postcolonial Bush Garden: Morris Panych's What Lies Before Us and Bob Armstrong's Noble Savage, Savage Noble" at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research conference at UBC. On June 30th Dr. Johnson concluded his 25th year as Chair of the Theatre Program. In July he served on the panel of judges choosing the Harry Rintoul prize for best new Manitoban play at the 2008 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. This fall, he will be directing a production of George Walker's Tough! with the Young Company at the Prairie Theatre Exchange."--Dr. Chris Johnson - Merit Award, http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=840&too=100&dat=2/18/2009&sta=3&wee=3&eve=8&npa=16766, accessed February 28, 2009.
• Research could include Chris Johnson’s Essays on George F. Walker: Playing with Anxiety (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.: Blizzard Publishing Incorporated, 1999), ISBN 0921368828, LCCN 99230882, 269 pp., available from Blizzard Publishing Incorporated, 73 Furby Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 2A2, Canada, telephone 204-775-2923, fax 204-775-2947, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For more information on Dr. Chris Johnson, contact Marilyn Loat, Black Hole Theatre Company, e-mail email@example.com, telephone 204-474-6880.
dream, geriatrics, home, sex, sociology, survey, visitor, youth.