About the Book
In the near future, a right-wing crackdown sends thousands of U.S. liberals fleeing north across the Canadian border. As a long hot summer drags on, a cynical Toronto actor becomes involved with the American refugees–with disastrous results. Part dark satire, part political thriller, Democrats Abroad is a chilling exploration of identity, betrayal, and the treacherous line between the personal and political. Radio: 30 In the claustrophobic confines of a recording studio, Ron, king of the radio voice-overs, records a thirty-second ad for a fast food restaurant. Between takes, Ron reveals the tricks of his trade, jokes around with his unseen recording engineer, and gradually reveals how the polished dishonesty of his profession has infected his personal life. As he struggles to reconcile his public and private personae, Ron’s tongue begins to betray him, and what began as just another effortless pitch becomes a darkly comic study in crumbling confidence.
About the Author
Chris Earle‘s plays include Democrats Abroad, Russell Hill, Radio :30, the twin comedies Expectation and Big Head Goes to Bed (both co-written with long-time collaborator Shari Hollett), and The Proceedings. Radio :30 received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding new Play, a Floyd S. Chalmers Play Award, and a Canadian Comedy Award. The play has toured to the Aspen Comedy Festival and the New York Fringe, and was adapted for CBC Television’s Opening Night. Democrats Abroad toured to the New York Fringe in 2006, where it won a Fringe Excellence Award for outstanding solo show. Also an actor and director, Earle is a graduate of the theatre program at Montreal’s Dawson College. He lives in Toronto with Hollett and their two children.