A passionate encounter between a grieving mother and a troubled soldier just back from France illuminates Wild Mouth, a new play by Maureen Hunter. Anna is a British-born immigrant who returns to her brother’s prairie farm in 1917 to help with the harvest and to try to heal. There she meets Bohdan, a young man of Ukrainian descent who changed his name to Smith in order to get to the front. Anna’s desperation to understand her son’s death propels both of them to the edge of an abyss. This seven-character play explores the enduring connections between love and war, beauty and horror, creation and destruction.
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“It takes place on the Canadian prairies, but there’s nothing flat about Hunter’s exquisitely written play.” —NOW Magazine
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.