The three outstanding plays in this collection include Footprints on the Moon (finalist for the Governor General’s Award and winner of the Labatt Award for Best Canadian Play), which tells the story of a woman’s attempt to prevent her teenage daughter from leaving home and escalates into a struggle to understand the loves and losses that have shaped her life; Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, a riveting tongue-in-cheek tale about adults who play dangerous games as a young man accompanies his fiancee to her lakeside cabin, only to find her ex-husband waiting for them; and lastly, Transit of Venus, which is set in France at a time when society was rapidly expanding its knowledge of the earth and the cosmos. This powerful drama about an ambitious astronomer and the women who love him examines the conflicting needs of men and women.
About the Author
Maureen Hunter is one of Canada’s most successful playwrights. Her work has been produced extensively on Canada’s major stages, in the United States, and Britain, and by CBC and BBC Radio. Her play Atlantis was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and Transit of Venus, premiered by Manitoba Theatre Centre, became the first Canadian play ever staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company of England. Hunter’s other plays include Sarah Ballenden, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Footprints on the Moon, I Met a Bully on the Hill, Poor Uncle Ernie in His Covered Cage, The Queen of Queen Street, The Room, Vinci, Wild Mouth, and Winners. A native of Saskatchewan, Maureen now lives on the Salish Sea at Sechelt, BC.