The Woodcarver’s Wife
Pickthall, Marjorie Lowrey Christie (aka Majorie Pickthall, Canadian playwright, poet, 1883-1922), “The Woodcarver’s Wife,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in _____, Canada, 1920,
© 1920 by Marjorie Lowrey Christie Pickthall;
• in University Magazine, vol. 19, no. 2, 1920, ISSN 0700-5938[?];
• also, in Marjorie Lowrey Christie Pickthall’s The Woodcarver’s Wife and Later Poems (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 1922;
• also, in Marjorie Lowrey Christie Pickthall’s The Complete Poems of Majorie Pickthall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 1927);
• also, in Marjorie Lowrey Christie Pickthall’s The Complete Poems of Marjorie Pickthall, new edition, edited by Arthur C. Pickthall (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: McClelland & Stewart, Limited, 1937). LCCN 38-10224.
• 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.
Jean Marchand (m), __, woodcarver, husband of Dorette; Shagonas (m), __, Amerind, Jean’s helper; Louis (m), __, lover of Dorette; Dorette (f), __, wife of Jean.
“Jean Marchand, the woodcarver, is carving a pieta for which his wife, Dorette, is posing. She is not able to achieve the required sorrowing intensity of expression until Shagonas, her husband’s [Amerind] helper, discovers her unfaithfulness to Jean, and her lover Louis is slain on the order of her jealous husband.”
• Premiered on stage by Montreal Community Players, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 19, 1921, and on radio CKCK, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, December, 1928.—Brock, 253.
• Research could include Marjorie L. C. Pickthall’s The Worker in Sandalwood: A Christmas Eve Miracle, illustrated by Frances Tyrrell, 1st American edition (New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1994), ISBN 0525453326, originally published in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1991, by Lester Publishing (about Hyacinthe, a talented but mistreated young woodcarver, who experiences a miracle on Christmas Eve when a young carpenter from far away comes to help him with his work).
Amerind, assistance, expression, infidelity, intensity, jealousy, lost love, lover, marriage, modeling, murder, pieta, sorrow, woodcarving.