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Herman Voaden

HERMAN VOADEN  (1903 - 1991)

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Anton Wagner Productions  

A founding figure of 20th century Canadian Theatre and Drama, Herman Voaden (1903-1991) was the most significant and original playwright in English-Canada until Robertson Davies' more literary Dramatic writing beginning in the late 1940s. Voaden's work in the Theatre as playwright, experimental director, producer, educator, editor and cultural nationalist from 1928 to 1980 constitutes a unique phenomenon in the history of Canadian Theatre and Drama. For a decade, from "Rocks" in 1932 to "Ascend As the Sun" in 1942, his multi-media "symphonic expressionist" Dramas proclaimed his belief in the "spiritual clarity" of the Canadian North and in the transcendence of human mortality found in love and oneness with nature. His Dramas expressed his idealistic, utopian and nationalistic faith in man's ability to perfect himself and to create in Canada "the perfect city," heaven on earth. His two dozen non-realist and "symphonic expressionist" productions from 1929 to 1943, along with his critical advocacy of an aesthetically distinct, modernist "Canadian art of the Theatre," provided one of the few stylistic alternatives to the prevailing realism in Canadian Theatre production.

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below is a list of Herman Voaden's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Ascend As the Sun         Brebeuf and His Brethren         Dead and Gone, Lady         Earth Song         Emily Carr         Esther         Fragment         Hill-Land         Maria Chapdelaine         Masque of the Red Death         Murder Pattern         Northern Song         Northern Storm         Prodigal Son, The         Rocks         Symphony         Western Wolf         White Kingdom , The         Wilderness



Ascend As the Sun

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Notes:
written with Boris Volkoff Dancers And written with music by Godfrey Ridout

1st Produced:
at Hart House Theatre, Toronto    1942

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Genre:
two-act symphonic Drama

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Brebeuf and His Brethren

Synopsis:
based on a poem by E.J. Pratt

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written with music by Healey Willan

1st Produced:
for production at the site of historic Fort Ste. Marie; project not completed    1941

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Genre:
libretto for a pageant in 13 scenes

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Dead and Gone, Lady

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http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/voadem/deadandgone.php   -

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Earth Song

Synopsis:
the legend of mankind from Adam and Eve on

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1st Produced:
Sarnia Drama League, Sarnia    1932

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1976   -

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Genre:
five-cycle symphonic Drama

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Emily Carr

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1st Produced:
Department of Drama, Queen's University, Kingston    1960

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http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/voadem/emilycarr.php   -

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Esther

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composed by Godfrey Ridout

1st Produced:
Royal Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall, Toronto,    1952

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text was printed in the program, 1952   -

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Genre:
libretto for a Dramatic symphony

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Fragment

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http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/voadem/fragment.php   -

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Genre:
One act

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Hill-Land

Synopsis:
Three generations of a family in Ontario

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1st Produced:
Play Workshop, Toronto    1944

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Genre:
two-act symphonic Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Maria Chapdelaine

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based on the book by Louis Hemon

1st Produced:
Play Workshop, Toronto    1938

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1st Published:
http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/voadem/maria.php   -

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Genre:
Drama in 16 scenes

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Masque of the Red Death

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Based on the short story by Edgar Allen Poe

1st Produced:
Central High School of Commerce    1943

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http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/voadem/masque.php   -

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Murder Pattern

Synopsis:
A farmer murders the local bully and is imprisoned

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1st Produced:
Play Workshop, Toronto    1936

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1st Published:
in Canadian theatre Review, Winter (CTR 5, 1975   -

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Genre:
symphonic Drama One Act

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Male:  8            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Northern Song

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Northern Storm

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Play/Drama

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Prodigal Son, The

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composed by Frederick Jacobi

1st Produced:
the Forest Hill Concert and Theatre Series    1954

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Genre:
libretto for an opera

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Rocks

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a revised, non-realistic, stylized version of Wilderness; written in 1932

1st Produced:
Play Workshop at Central High School of Commerce, Toronto    1932

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Genre:
symphonic Drama One Act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Symphony

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written by Voaden, Herman And Warrener, Lowrie

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Western Wolf

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Play/Drama

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White Kingdom , The

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Wilderness

Synopsis:
A teacher waits for the return of her lover - but he has perished in a blizzard

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1st Produced:
workshop by Yale University    1930

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1st Published:
in Boreal, 10-11, Hearst College, Ontario, 1978   -

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Genre:
realistic Drama One Act

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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