Friday, February 22, 2013

mother teresa is dead | meet the playwright

This isn't the first time we have staged a play by Helen Edmundson, the last being THE CLEARING in the 2001-2002 season.  Here's a little background information on this playwright.

Helen Edmundson (born 1964) is a British playwright particularly well known for her adaptations of various literary classics for the stage such as Leo Tolstoy’s ANNA KARENINA and WAR AND PEACE, and George Eliot’s THE MILL ON THE FLOSS.  Because of her well-known adaptations, she has been overlooked at times as a "legitimate" playwright, characterized by the fact another female playwright was credited as the first living female playwright to be produced by The National Theatre in London... years after they produced her adaptation of CORAM BOY.

Despite this she has written many adaptations as well as original plays including FLYING, THE CLEARING, and of course, MOTHER TERESA IS DEAD.

1 comment:

Thrift Shopper for Peace said...

Helen is also the playwright for Swallows and Amazons which is being performed at Galleyr 7 Theatre in Abbotsford in March. what's the odds of two of her plays being performed in BC at the same time?