Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Holiday Office Closure

Playwrights Canada Press will be closed for the holidays starting Monday, December 23, 2013 and will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Any orders placed via our website during this time will be shipped when the office reopens.

Please contact University of Toronto Press Distribution for Canadian orders with large quantities, or if you require a quicker service. US customers can contact Theatre Communications Group to place any orders.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Holiday Promotion

Get 25% off all books, including free shipping across Canada until December 19. Just use promo code Holiday13 at checkout. 

Happy holidays!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Fall Book Launch, Nov 4

Join us on Monday, November 4 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to celebrate five of our newly released titles with a launch party! 

Hosted by Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole of NOW Magazine, the evening will feature readings from Jenny Young and Gordon Bolan for Leanna Brodie’s translation of Opium_37 by Catherine L├ęger; Keith Barker, The Hours That Remain; Joan Burrows, Willow Quartet; Linda Griffiths, Maggie and Pierre & The Duchess; and Jordan Tannahill, Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, followed by readings at 7:00. Admission and snacks are free, and you'll have a chance to win books!

Books will be sold by TheatreBooks during the evening.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The 2013 GG Finalists

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the finalists for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards. Among the finalists in the drama category are Meg Braem for Blood: A Scientific Romance and Joseph Jomo Pierre for Shakespeare's Nigga. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Rave Reviews for The Best Brothers

Daniel MacIvor's The Best Brothers opened at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto last week, and has since garnered several rave reviews.

Here's what some of the critics are saying:

"Funny, bittersweet, tightly written and profound in its own way, Brothers is MacIvor at his best." - Jeff Cottrill, Digital Journal 

"It is by turns very funny, mildly whimsical and gently moving." - Martin Morrow, Globe and Mail

"The repartee [between the brothers] is familiarly sibling-like, but graced with MacIvor's sharp wit." -Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre

The production runs until October 27 at the Tarragon.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Word on the Street 2013

PLCN will be setup at Word on the Street Toronto on Sunday, September 22 between 11am to 6pm. Come by booth 233 and check out our new releases and old favourites, all at a festival discount.

See you there!

Friday, 16 August 2013

PLCN Travels to Edmonton Fringe Festival

Our pop-up shop is back for a second year at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. You can find us in the lobby at the TransAlta Arts Barn from August 16-19 from 12pm-8pm, so come by and check out our selection of books, up to 50% off.

NeWest Press, Talonbooks, and Athabasca University Press titles will also be available for purchase.

Happy Fringe!

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Yvette Nolan Interview with Open Book

Yvette Nolan whose play The Unplugging recently won The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script, sat down with Open Book to discuss her writing process, and roles for women in theatre. Click here to read the interview.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Winners of the Doras and Jessies

Awards season is in full swing, and we could not be more thrilled that a handful of our titles were nominated for the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. We're even more pleased that some of them have been named winners!

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2013 Dora Awards, including:

Jordan Tannahill who won Outstanding New Play in the Theatre for Young Audiences Division for rihannaboi95. Keep an eye out in the fall when we publish a collection of Jordan's plays, including rihannaboi95 in Age of Minority: Three Plays.

Kristen Thomson who won Outstanding New Play in the General Theatre Division for Someone Else.

Marjorie Chan who took home the Outstanding New Opera in the Musical Theatre/Opera Division for The Lesson of Da Ji.

The Little Years picked up a handful of awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance, and Arigato, Tokyo also won for Outstanding Scenic Design.

And last but not least, congratulations to Yvette Nolan whose play, The Unplugging won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Six Questions for Colleen Murphy

Literatured recently spoke with award-winning author Colleen Murphy about her new book, The Goodnight Bird published in April.

Check out Colleen's website for more information about her upcoming works.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Joseph Jomo Pierre on Shakespeare's Nigga

When J. Kelly Nestruck of the Globe and Mail asked Joseph Jomo Pierre, author of Shakespeare’s Nigga why he felt the impulse to talk back to Othello in his play, he explained it like this:

For myself, it’s that, beneath it all, I am a person of colour in this art world. In some ways, you feel like you are Shakespeare’s nigga. I think Othello speaks to us who feel like we’re on the sidelines. We’re the spear carriers and we don’t want to be the spear carriers.” 

Read the full interview here.

Shakespeare’s Nigga is now available from bookstores and in our online store.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

PLCN at Congress, May 31 to June 4

We're heading to Victoria, BC to showcase our books at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences from June 1 through to and including June 4. Stop by booth 16 and 17 to get fabulous deals on newly published titles and old favourites. Some of our newly released titles include Michael Healey's Proud, Daniel MacIvor's The Best Brothers, Colleen Murphy's The Goodnight Bird, Don Hannah's The Cave Painter & The Woodcutter, Joseph Jomo Pierre's Shakespeare's Nigga, Florence Gibson MacDonald's How Do I Love Thee?, and more!

Please note the office will be closed from May 31 to June 7, and will reopen June 10. Any orders placed in our online store will be processed when we return.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Donna-Michelle Receives the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award

Congratulations to Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, author of Gas Girls, who is among the seven artists to be honoured with the Canada Council's 2013 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award!

This Is War Awarded Best Canadian Play

Hannah Moscovitch's This Is War picked up the 2013 Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best Canadian Play. Keep an eye out for the book to be published this fall!

Check out the Globe and Mail for a full list of winners.      

Friday, 24 May 2013

The Unplugging Nominated for Outstanding Original Script

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominees were recently announced, and we're thrilled that Yvette Nolan's The Unplugging has been nominated for Outstanding Original Script in the Theatre for Young Audiences category!
And just in time for the book's publication in June! 

Check out the full list of nominees:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013

Florence Gibson MacDonald on Writing and Suburban Life

On the heels of her recently published play, How Do I Love Thee?, Florence Gibson MacDonald sat down with the Thornhill Liberal to discuss work life and her move from the bustle of the big city to the quaint suburban Thornhill, Ontario. (There’s also some talk about opiates and addiction in there.)

You can also check out Open Book: Toronto’s interview with Florence in March.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

PLCN Spring Book Launch, May 6

Join us on Monday, May 6 at the Tranzac to celebrate the launch of our newly released and forthcoming spring titles! Hosted by Susan G. Cole and Jon Kaplan of NOW Magazine, the event promises a fabulous night of readings by some of our talented playwrights, including: Michael Healey, Proud; MJ Cruise, Separate Beds; Daniel Karasik, The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee; Florence Gibson MacDonald, How Do I Love Thee?; Christopher Morris, Night; Yvette Nolan, The Unplugging; Joseph Jomo Pierre, Shakespeare's Nigga, as well as John Beale for Daniel MacIvor's The Best Brothers.

Doors open at 6:30pm, readings begin at 7:00. Admission and snacks are free. Cash bar.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

World Theatre Day

"Theatre must dare to unsettle, be violent in its choices, explore the danger in living a full life. The best stories are full of the unexpected: they are journeys of discovery about the self and the other." -Micheline Chevrier

It's World Theatre Day. What's incredible about this day is the outpouring of people around the world who share the same passion in theatre. No matter the language, theatre and stories cross borders and bring us together in celebration of art and imagination. Check out Canada's message from Micheline Chevrier

We're also extending a 20% discount on ALL of our titles today when you shop online. Just enter promo code WTD2013 at checkout.

Happy World Theatre Day!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Spring Launch 2013

On Monday, May 6, 2013 we're celebrating our new spring titles and, as always, the playwrights behind the work. So save the date, and make sure to swing by.

More details will follow in the coming weeks, but for now we can tell you about our exciting lineup of readers:

Michael Healey, Proud

MJ Cruise, Separate Beds

Daniel Karasik, The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee

Florence Gibson MacDonald, How Do I Love Thee?

Christopher Morris, Night

Yvette Nolan, The Unplugging

Joseph Jomo Pierre, Shakespeare's Nigga

Monday, 4 March 2013

Interview on Q: Arranged Versus Love Marriage

Recently Jian Ghomeshi of Q sat down with Ravi and Asha Jain, the creators of A Brimful of Asha to discuss their opposing views on arranged marriage. Who makes a better case? Have a listen to the interview on Q.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Walrus Interview with Catherine Banks

As part of the Governor General's Literary Awards interview series, The Walrus spoke to Catherine Banks about her writing process and what it means to win a GG (or two!). Check it out here

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Catch Sky Gilbert in NYC!

Sky Gilbert's alter-ego, the fabulous Jane, is heading to the Big Apple to perform from The Mommiad on March 19 and 20, 7:30 pm, at Dixon Place. Sky's recently published book of poems chronicles the relationship between mother and son, the ups and downs, and the toll that alcohol and dementia eventually took on Patricia Tucker Gilbert's life. Lyrical and tragic, The Mommiad is an artist's self-reflection and an endeavour to turn one woman's life into an artistic experience. 

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Introductory Offer Ends January 31

Purchase books from our online store until January 31, 2013 and receive free shipping to anywhere in Canada! Beginning February 1, shipping will be charged at a nominal fee of $2.99 per order, regardless of quantity. 

Happy shopping!