This Is for You, Anna: A Spectacle of Revenge
Other Plays by Odette Khuri
Other Plays by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Other Plays by Banuta Rubess
Khuri, Odette (aka Suzanne Odette Khuri, Canadian playwright, ____-____), Ann-Marie MacDonald (Canadian playwright, novelist, actor, broadcast journalist, b. 1958-____), Banuta Rubess (Canadian playwright, writer and director for theatre, opera, radio and film, ____-____), “This Is for You, Anna: A Spectacle of Revenge,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, ____,
© 1985 by Anna Project;
• in CTR Anthology: Fifteen Plays from Canadian Theatre Review, edited by Alan Filewod (aka Alan Douglas Filewod, 1952-____) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993), ISBN 080206812X, LCCN 93148176, 683 pp.;
• script/rights available from Playwrights Union of Canada, 54 Wolseley Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1A5, Canada, telephone 416-703-0201, fax 416-703-0059, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.puc.ca.
• Cited in Playwrights Union of Canada Catalog of Canadian Plays 1998-1999, 112 pp. § Dramatis Personae _____ (f), _____; _____ (f), _____; _____ (f), _____; _____ (f), _____.
• Feminist collective creation in one long act.
• Premiered at Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1985.
• “As there was, in Quebec, Les fées ont soif and La nef des sorcičres, so, too, did English Canada have key feminist theatrical works, many born at Nightwood Theatre. This work discusses several important issues in a non-linear style: the nature of revenge and how the wronged deal with their trauma (men kill, women kill themselves); rape; domestic violence; child abuse; motherhood etc. It does so in prosaic and theatrical forms which sometimes meld nicely and sometimes seem beside the point. There are instances in the work when it seems to be tackling all the ills of the universe without serving any one particularly well. Inspired by a true story - Marianne Bachmeier who shot the murderer of her seven-year-old daughter, Anna, in the courtroom as he tried to blame Anna for flirting with him - the play is much more a performer's and director's piece as the text itself has not aged well.”—Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, http://www.canadiantheatre.com, accessed February 13, 2008.
• “Nightwood Theatre is a Canadian women’s theatre company, founded in 1979 by Cynthia Grant, Kim Renders, Mary Vingoe and Maureen White. For twenty-eight years it has produced, developed and toured landmark, award-winning plays by Canadian women. The company’s work has led to the creation of plays as diverse as Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by the acclaimed playwright and novelist Ann-Marie MacDonald, Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears (Dora, Chalmers and Governor General’s Awards), The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, by Djanet Sears (6 Dora nominations, award for Outstanding Choreography), The Danish Play by Sonja Mills (two Dora Award nominations - Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Female Performance) and over 50 new Canadian works by women. Nightwood advocates for women, provides a training ground for emerging talent, promotes diversity and engages artists in play development and theatre production. Play development, mentorship and youth outreach are also at the centre of the company’s activities, including a free summer program for teen girls called Busting Out! Kelly Thornton has been the Artistic Director since 2001. Producer Monica Esteves joined the company in 2006.”—Nightwood theatre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightwood_theatre, accessed February 13, 2008.
• “Since graduating from Harvard University, Suzanne Odette Khuri has had a long and varied career in the arts and in education. She has worked, in England and the United States, in educational theatre, television and journalism, as well as in schools, colleges and other milieux. For many years, with Dr. Mae Sakharov, she directed Multi Learning Services (MLS Day School & Learning Center), an educational resource center and interim school in Brooklyn. She has also developed and led educational workshops for Theatreworks/USA, the nation's preeminent professional theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1990, she has maintained a private practice as an educational consultant and tutor/learning specialist. In this capacity, she focuses on creating materials and techniques to teach writing and language arts.”—Mae Sakharov featured on ABC's 20/20, Dateline NBC and CNN, http://www.maesakharov.com/content/about_us.php, accessed February 13, 2008.
• “Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Toronto-based writer and actor. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding Play and the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Drama. She won a Gemini Award for her role in the film Where the Spirit Lives and was nominated for a Genie for her role in I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. Fall On Your Knees was published in the New Face of Fiction program in 1996.”—Ann-Marie MacDonald, http://www.randomhouse.ca/newface/macdonald.php, accessed February 13, 2008.
• Banuta Rubess is a “Canadian Rhodes Scholar with a doctorate in history, Banuta Rubess is a writer and director for theatre, opera, radio and film. Originally from Latvia, Rubess has lived and worked extensively in Canada. She received her education at Queens University in Kingston ( BA Hons in History and Drama) and at Oxford ( D.Phil in Modern History). From 1995-98 Rubess acted as Artistic Co-Director for FROTH productions; a company devoted to theatre involving the human body, the body politic and live music. Together with Neil Bartlett, Rubess founded The 1982 Theater Company, an international theatre ensemble. Together they toured Europe and North America with collectively devised productions of Aspazija, Brecht and Fo (1982-1984). Rubess gives lectures and seminars at Universities in Canada, USA , Latvia and England and was a member of the Toronto Arts Council Board of Directors 1989-93 as well as the Nightwood Theater Board of Directors 1986-88. [Author: Annika Salomonsson, email@example.com].”—culturebase.net | The international artist database | Banuta Rubess, http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?1549, accessed February 13, 2008.
child abuse, collective authorship, domestic violence, feminism, motherhood, rape, revenge, spectacle, trauma.