Bolt, Carol (aka Carol Johnson, Canadian playwright, b. Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 25, 1941-d. November 28, 2000), “Tangleflags,”
a __-minute play in English, set in _____, _____,
© 1974 by Carol Bolt
• in Carol Bolt’s Tangleflags (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Co-op, 1974).
• Cited in The Brock Bibliography of Published Canadian Plays in English 1766-1978, edited by Anton Wagner (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Press, 1980), ISBN 0-88754-157-7, ISBN 0-88754-155-0.
“A children’s play about a town with no name. Mr. Rubinek from Czechoslovakia and Mrs. Nishimure from Japan would each like to name it in memory of their home country. Brownie, the dog, would like to name it in memory of himself.”
• Premiered at Young People’s Theatre, Toronto, September, 1973.—Brock, 68.
• “Playwright born Carol Johnson in Winnipeg, Manitoba , August 25, 1941; died in Toronto November 28, 2000. Her mother was a teacher, her father a miner and logger. She grew up in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia and graduated from the University of British Columbia. After travelling she cofounded a theatre for young audiences in Montreal. In the early 1970s, she moved to Toronto and created scripts through collective creation at Theatre Passe Muraille and Toronto Workshop Productions/TWP. Her most produced play, 'One Night Stand,' was also made into a movie starring Brent Carver and directed by Allan King (the film won three Canadian Film Awards in 1978). She won the Chalmers Award in 1989 for Icetime. She has also been playwright-in-residence at the University of Toronto (1977-78) and attended the Banff Centre for the Arts (1983) and was a founding member of the Playwrights Co-op (now Playwrights Guild of Canada). In 1998 she edited Who Asked Us Anyway? published by the Labrador School Board to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival (where Bolt had been a visiting artist). She wrote, as well, for radio , television and film. She lived in Toronto and with her husband, David Bolt. They had one son, Alexander. She said of theatre, ‘There is something really powerful about the stage. It’s quite an amazing experience to sit in an audience during a production of a play you’ve written and watch people react. The stage is where I started and it's where I always want to return.’ Other plays by Carol Bolt: Buffalo Jump (directed by Paul Thompson premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille, 1972), Red Emma (directed by Martin Kinch premiered at Toronto Free Theatre , 1974), Shelter (directed by Eric Steiner premiered at Toronto Arts Productions, 1975), Famous ( Tarragon , 1997).”—Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Bolt%2C%20Carol, accessed March 31, 2007.
• Photograph from Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
aggrandizement, animal, anthropomorphization, anthropopathy, children’s theatre, commemoration, Czechoslovakia, dog, identity, Japan, self-aggrandizement.