About the Book
These two plays by renowned playwright Catherine Banks explore the stories of strong women as they work through their pasts. In Bitter Rose, after a morning of racing around the small liberal arts town where she lives in her bloodied wedding dress, Rose barricades herself in the basement family room to examine her life. For sixteen years she has made small choices (she thought), but on the morning her husband leaves to meet with his female graduate student, she realizes the betrayal destroying her is that of the girl artist inside of her.
In Three Storey, Ocean View, Peg has brought her ailing mother, Ruth, to Nova Scotia. Peg sees the old three storey house by the sea as refuge, a place of safety for her mother and a place to begin again with her own angry daughter, 14-year-old Zoe. However, when Ruth enters the house she is drawn to the lives of the women who once inhabited it. As the women of the house play out their stories Ruth gathers the courage to tell her own story.
About the Author
Catherine Banks’ plays include It is Solved by Walking, Bone Cage, Three Storey Ocean View, Bitter Rose and The Summer of the Piping Plover. Bitter Rose aired on Bravo! Canada. Bone Cage, won the Governor General’s Award in 2008 and It is Solved by Walking won the GG in 2012. Banks’ plays are characterized by black humour, and compelling dramatic metaphor. It is Solved by Walking has been translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant and was one of three Canadian plays that toured Catalonia in November, 2012.