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The Cure for Everything

The Cure for Everything

Marja Ardal

Playwrights Canada Press

"This is one Cure I recommend you take." —NOW Magazine


"The Cure for Everything is a hilarious, gutsy and heartwrenching piece." —


Elsa is a typical fifteen-year-old growing up in the early 1960s. Her world revolves around independence, boys, and being popular at school, despite growing concerns surrounding the Cuban missile crisis. In fact, this is Elsa’s opportunity to let loose before the world blows up. Knee-deep in teenage angst, her mission is clear: get drunk for the first time and lose her virginity. Though Elsa is old enough to feel the tense political climate, she is young enough to believe there might be a cure for everything. A comedic and compassionate sequel to Ardal’s award-winning You Fancy Yourself, The Cure for Everything is a coming-of-age story about a teenager who discovers that the world is more complex than she could have imagined.


Maja Ardal has been working in theatre for forty-five years. She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. Some of her plays include Midnight Sun, You Fancy Yourself (winner of the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance), and the sequel The Cure for Everything (nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding New Play). Maja was the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre from 1990-1998, and played Mrs. Potts on Road to Avonlea.

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