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David French

DAVID FRENCH

  (1939 - 2010)

Nationality:    Canadian
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David French, OC (January 18, 1939  December 4, 2010) was a Canadian playwright. Among his works are the semi-autobiographical Mercer plays: Leaving Home, Of The Fields, Lately, Salt-Water Moon, 1949, and Soldiers Heart. Leaving Home, first produced at Torontos Tarragon Theatre in 1972, was named one of Canadas 100 Most Influential Books (Literary Review of Canada) and one of the 1,000 Most Essential Plays in the English Language (Oxford Dictionary of Theatre). The Mercer plays have received productions in every region of Canada and throughout the United States (including a Broadway production of Of The Fields, Lately.) This quintet of plays about a Newfoundland family has also touched audiences in Europe, South America and Australia. Frenchs other works include the smash-hit backstage comedy Jitters, the pool-hall drama One Crack Out, the memory play That Summer, and translations of Chekhovs The Seagull, and Strindbergs Miss Julie. In 1989, French was inducted into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour, and in 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Born in Coleys Point, Newfoundland, French made his home in Toronto, but spent thirty-nine summers at his cottage in Cable Head, PEI.

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        1949         Forest, The         Jitters         Leaving Home         Miss Julie         Of the Fields, Lately         One Crack Out         Riddle Of the World, The         Salt-Water Moon         Seagull, The         Silver Dagger         Soldier's Heart         Swan Song         That Summer



1949

1949
Newfoundland is about to join the Canadian Federation. In the Mercer family there is sadness at their loss of independence

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1st Produced:
Toronto    1989

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1st Published:
Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1989   978-0889222663

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Forest, The

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1st Produced:
Toronto    1987

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Jitters

Jitters
a new play is about to open - unfortunately the leading man is drunk and a New York producer is coming to see the play

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1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1979

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1st Published:
Playwrights, Toronto, 1979   978-0889222427

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Comedy

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Leaving Home

Synopsis:
inter family warfare as patriarchal Father is obsessed with making his two sons good reflections of himself

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1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1972

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1st Published:
New Press, Toronto, 1972   -

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Miss Julie

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Original Playwright - August Strindberg

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Talonbooks, Vancouver,    -

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Of the Fields, Lately

Of the Fields, Lately
Ben returns home when his Father is dangerously ill. His mother and his father's best friend are caring for him

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1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1973

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1st Published:
anansi, Toronto 1991   -

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One Crack Out

One Crack Out
Charlie evans a pool shark has two days to pay a $3,000 debt or have his legs broken.

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1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1975

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Playwrights, Toronto, 1975   -

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Riddle Of the World, The

Riddle Of the World, The
an ex-priest and a stockbroker find themselves adrift in the world of singles and dating

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1st Produced:
Toronto    1981

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Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    -

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Salt-Water Moon

Salt-Water Moon
1926 and eighteen year old Jacob is trying to win back his sweetheart

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1st Produced:
Toronto    1984

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Playwrights, Toronto, 1985   -

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Seagull, The

Synopsis:
Can the young people's dreams be realised or will their desires turn sour when confronted by the cruelties of the adult world?

Notes:
Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1977

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Playwrights, Toronto, 1977   -

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Silver Dagger

Silver Dagger
a crime writer finds that his life has started to imitate one of his novels as he becomes entangled with blackmail, adultery and murder

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1st Produced:
Toronto    1992

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Talonbooks, Vancouver, 1993   -

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Soldier's Heart

Soldier's Heart
after a violent argument with his Father Jacob plans to leave home. He is at the railway station when his Father arrives to persuade him to stay. Jacob agrees but only if his Father talks about the terrible things that happened to him during the Great War

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Talonbooks 2002   978-0889224636

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Swan Song

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

1st Produced:
du Maurier Theatre Centre, Toronto    03 Sep 2002

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That Summer

That Summer
Margaret looks back on events in her life 32 years previously

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Talon Books   978-0889224391

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