Canadian Plays Recommended by Playwrights - Patti Flather

About Patti Flather

Award-winning playwright Patti Flather grew up in North Vancouver, B.C. surrounded by mountains and sea. Now she creates theatre in the spectacular summer days and dark cold nights of Whitehorse, Yukon. Her plays have been produced across the North, and from Vancouver to Toronto. They include Sixty Below (with Leonard Linklater), West Edmonton MallWhere the River Meets the SeaStreet Signs (previously titled The Soul Menders) and Paradise. She also has been involved in devised theatre projects with the Ynklude group of artists. Her latest work is as a collaborator on the devised ensemble piece Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, co-directed by Yvette Nolan and Michelle Olson, which premieres in 2017. Her play Paradise has recently been published by Playwrights Canada Press and is available through our website, along with the following reccomendations.



Canadian Plays Recommended by Playwrights

I love plays which are about something urgent and meaty and juicy, with memorable characters muddling about and struggling, seeking and triumphing or just getting by.

I’m drawn to intelligent, compassionate plays which respect and challenge the audience without whacking me over the head with a message. Yet the substance is there: this play had to be written. This play is alive.

I don’t see as many plays as I would like, living in Whitehorse, even though we have a vibrant Yukon theatre scene and the opportunity to catch touring shows too.

These plays have all amazed me in different ways. They have touched me deeply, made me laugh and cry and wonder and gain insight about what it is to be human.


1. Almighty Voice and his Wife by Daniel David Moses

A young Cree couple woo and wed, but it's 1885, the generation after the Riel Rebellion. It's hard for any Indian to live happily ever after, unless one goes into show business. A retelling of historic incidents to create a play about the place of Native people in Canada.

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2. Gas Girls by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Gigi and Lola live by one motto: love for gas, gas for cash, cash for living, living for love. Living in Zimbabwe’s depressed economy, both women live day-by-day, plying their trade with the truck drivers that stop at the border.

Gigi knows the limitations of her trade, while her young protege, Lola, looks for love in every man that comes her way. Lola’s brother, Chickn, ekes out his own living while keeping an ever-watchful eye for Gigi’s affections and Lola’s safety. But love is not a luxury these girls can afford. Through story, song, and play, Gigi and Lola inspire each other to find joy on the edges of survival.

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3. Annie Mae’s Movement by Yvette Nolan

The story of Anna Mae Aquash, a Mi'q mak woman from Nova Scotia, who went to the U.S. to work with the American Indian Movement, and ended up dead.

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4. A History of Breathing by Daniel MacDonald

In a post-apocalyptic world, a great flood has claimed the land and many of its people.  Two boats float aimlessly on an ocean that conceals the remains of civilization and history.  One boat carries a father and daughter, the last survivors of an unspeakable catastrophe; the other carries the only hope for a new beginning.  Daniel Macdonald crafts a stunning tale of myth and reality at the end of the world and at its creation.

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5. Yellow on Thursdays by Sara Graefe

A play about sex, love, and hormones - and learning to be okay with who you are. Two teenage girls find their best-friendship souring after a summer apart. When Rebecca returns obsessed with boys and sex, while Katie's discovering she's attracted to girls - maybe even to Rebecca. Meanwhile, Rebecca hooks up with Mike, the hot new guy at school who's secretly afraid that she'll find out he's still a virgin.

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