Woman by a Window
Other Plays by Marianne Ackerman
Ackerman, Marianne (Canadian playwright, artistic director of Theatre 1774, 19__-____), "Woman by a Window,"
a __-minute drama in English, set in ______, 1996,
© 1996 by Marianne Ackerman;
• in Marianne Ackerman’s Woman by a Window/Celeste, Performance Series (Montreal, P.Q., Canada: Nu-Age Editions, 1996), ISBN 0921833458, 80 pp.;
• script/rights available from Playwrights Guild 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.playwrightsguild.com.
• Cited in Playwrights Union of Canada Catalog of Canadian Plays 1998-1999, 112 pp.
Will (f), a stoic; Desire (f), the sensous one; Soul (f), a mysterious force.
"Will, the literate, rational mind, a stoic who is suspicious of emotion and the body. Desire, the sensous one, is at war with Will. Behind them, mysterious, forceful, must-have-the-last-word Soul sits knitting, basking in silence."—PUC, 17.
• "First produced in 1992 at Theatre 1774, Montreal."—PUC, 17. A one-act full-length script.
• Theatre 1774 is an English-language and sometimes bilingual company.
• "This trilingual script—the action is primarily played out in English—is no simplistic tale of two solitudes brought together by love. These three mismatched characters are bound together by emotional intricacies they cannot express to each other and their geographic and linguistic differences ultimately come to symbolize the solitude of the human soul."—The Globe and Mail.
• "‘Woman by a Window’ externalizes one woman’s struggle with her desire, her will and her soul as she attempts to renounce a man and food simultaneously. She attempts to distract herself from her hungers by reading Madame Bovary, with alternately hilarious and sad results. . . . ‘We live in a world where an apple and a woman can exist alone in a room,’ Soul says to Will . . . . No need for a sales pitch from a reptile or a second set of teeth to finish the job. Now it’s all between the apple and the woman.’ Bad news for boa constrictors. But good news for women—and men. The enemy has been defined in this elliptical little gem of post-modern, post-feminist theatre—and she is within. Exactly what the point is depends on the eye of the beholder. And therein lies the beauty of the piece. The questions it raises—like whether love is still possible in the final decade of the 20th century—defy answering."—The Montreal Gazette.
• "Marianne Ackerman is well known in the theatre community, both as a critic and as a creator. She was The Montreal Gazette’s theatre critic from 1984 to 1987, winning numerous awards for her commentaries on both the French and English theatre scene. When she turned her energies to creating theatre, she took the 1988 Best New Play Award at the Quebec Drama Festival for her Snakeprints, and the 1989 King’s Theatre New Play Award for Grande Ideas. In 1988, Ackerman formed Theatre 1774."—Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com, accessed October 11, 2001.
• "Desire twirls gently and falls. Will groans with morning sickness. Desire: There, there, you'll feel so much better. Now you know how I felt. It’s no fun being sick on an empty stomach, is it? So next time you'll know better. Fasting is not good. Will: Leave me alone. Desire: Now, now— Will: Alone! Desire: Fasting is fascist. It’s a blatant denial of social reality. Fasting represents order. Control. Totalitarian government. In the words of Emma Goldman, who was plump— Will: Ahhhhhhhhh! Desire: (Hurt and defensive.) Well, not every great idea pops out of an empty womb. Will: True, but we haven’t time for history. Desire: Time? I have all the time in the world. My time is the time of my children’s children. When I am dead as dust my blood will flow in the veins of grown men and beautiful women. Women full of children, and so on (Pain.) Oh, rny time is near. . . I don't like this feeling. Give me something strong and call me when it’s over. Will: No drugs. Desire: Come on. In this day and age, pain isn’t necessary. Will: Of course it is! Desire: Ohhh! Will: If I am forced against my better judgement to support this hideous repetition of animal acts, I insist on remaining conscious throughout. At least the bloody part may be interesting. Desire: Don’t mention blood. Will: There certainly will be— Desire: Yes, but after, holding it, throwing it up in the air. Will: (Whisper.) After you’ve wiped up the blood. Desire: (Going to Soul.) Please, speak up on behalf of . . . you know . . . general principles. The virtue and beauty of ‘motherhood.’ Soul: She’s right. There’s only one way out. Only one loophole. When a small hyphen between your legs grows big enough for a head. [from Woman by a Window]"—Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com, accessed October 11, 2001.
body, dominance, emotion, rationality, sense.