Five Plays for High Schools


Edited by Glenda MacFarlane

About the book

A teenager is dead after facing sexual assault and cyberbullying. Two friends go camping, and one reveals a secret. A conflict between two band students erupts into violence. A young woman about to leave for university tries to hide a disturbing secret. A bereaved teen joins her school basketball team. Five new plays from some of Canada’s best playwrights reveal the passion, pain, humour, and hopes of young people in this exciting anthology for high schools. Included: Who Killed Snow White? by Judith Thompson, Out in the Open by Dave Deveau, A Bear Awake in Winter by Ali Joy Richardson, Admissions by Tanisha Taitt, and The Team by Michael Kras.

About the author

Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor and artistic director of RARE theatre, a company which serves the needs of communities rarely heard and seldom seen on our stages. She is also a professor of theatre studies at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Gregor, two dogs, a cat, and adult children who come and go.

Ali Joy Richardson is a playwright, director, and producer. Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, she has been Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Paprika Festival for young artists. Ali has also created multiple hit fringe shows and has been a playwright in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip unit. She lives, bikes, and works in Toronto.

Dave Deveau is the Playwright in Residence for Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre which ahs premiered six of his plays including My Funny Valentine and Elbow Room Café: The Musical (with Anton Lipovetsky). His other plays include: Out in the Open, tagged, Celestial Being, and Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls. He lives in Vancouver with his husband and their son Dexter.

Tanisha Taitt is a playwright, performer, songsmith, director of both theatre and audiobooks, and teaches 1st Year Contemporary Scene Study at George Brown Theatre School. She was nominated as a director for the Pauline McGibbon Award, and is a recipient of the Canadian Music Publishers Association Award & Scholarship for excellence in songwriting. Also an anti-oppression educator, Tanisha is a two-time nominee for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her commitment to social justice through the arts, most notably for her leadership in activism combatting violence against women.

Michael Kras is a playwright, director, and actor. The Team won the Herman Voaden Award, and made its world premiere with Essential Collective Theatre and Theatre Aquarius in the 2018/19 theatre season. Other works include The Year and Two of Us Back Here, Lydiaand #dirtygirl. A graduate of Humber Theatre School, Michael makes his home in Hamilton, Ontario.

325 pages, 6 x 9 in