The five exciting new dramas in AirPlay have all been featured on CBC Radio’s Sunday Showcase and Monday Night Playhouse, proof that radio drama is thriving on Canada’s public network. Lorre Jensen’s “The Mercy Quilt” is a touchingly humourous portrait of a quartet of elderly native women who must deal with the memory lapses of one of their number– without causing her to lose face. “Mourning Dove” by Emil Sher is a highly-acclaimed drama based on a real-life mercy-killing and gives unprecedented voice to the concerns of the disabled. In “Stop Talking Like That,” we fly from Thunder Bay to Australia’s Ayer’s Rock at the drop of a sound cue, in a wild outpouring from Judith Thompson’s fantastic imagination. George F. Walker trains his satiric guns on the movie business in “How to Make Love to an Actor.” It’s a wicked and very telling take on the big egos lurking behind the big screen. And Rachel Wyatt dramatizes a much-loved Canadian novel, Crackpot by Adele Wiseman, the story of a Winnipeg prostitute with a heart the size of the prairies.
About the Editor
Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright whose plays have had close to 500 productions across Canada, the United States and in many countries around the world. They include Midnight Madness, Writing with our Feet (nominated for the Governor General’s Award), After You, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Edible Woman, Taking Liberties, and Orchidelirium. Dave is the former editor at the Playwrights Union of Canada (now Playwrights Guild) and, for many years, was both script editor at CBC Radio Drama and play editor for Scirocco Drama. Dave’s most recent full-length works have been Twelve Hours; an adaptation of Al Purdy’s novel A Splinter in the Heart, and Canadian Rajah. He is currently completing two new full-length works for stage: The Shakespeare Club and Extinction. For more on Dave, go to www.davecarley.com