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Refractions: Solo

Refractions: Solo

Edited by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Yvette Nolan

Playwrights Canada Press

Refractions: Solo is a collection of monologues from diverse contemporary works by Canadian playwrights that reflect the country’s artistic landscape through a breadth of themes, styles, regions, and creative practices.


This collection can be used both as a monologue source for actors and students, or as a primer on diverse Canadian theatre and an entry point into new works, many of which are not yet widely available.


Includes monologues by nisha ahuja, Peter Anderson, Nina Arsenault, Keith Barker, Tara Beagan, Nicolas Billon, Katrina Bugaj, Aaron Bushkowsky, Marie Clements, Lisa Codrington, David Copelin, Chris Craddock, David S. Craig, Ned Dickens, Dawn Dumont, Troels Hagen Findsen, Waawaate Fobister, C.E. Gatchalian, Sky Gilbert, Wanda R. Graham, Don Hannah, Ravi Jain, Thomas Morgan Jones, Joan M. Kivanda, Tawiah M’Carthy, Daniel Macdonald, Jason Maghanoy, Anita Majumdar, ahdri zhina mandiela, Colleen Murphy, Michael P. Northey, Mansel Robinson, Anusree Roy, Michael Rubenfeld, Shahin Sayadi, Erin Shields, Jon Lachlan Stewart, Julie Tepperman, Judith Thompson, Diana Tso, Gein Wong, and David Yee.


Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is an emcee, playwright, and arts administrator. Notable works for the stage include

They Say He Fell, A Man A Fish, Cake, The House You Build, Salome’s Clothes, and Gas Girls. DM’s work has been recognized with a SATAward nomination, the Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, the Enbridge playRites Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and two nominations for the Governor General’s Literary Award.


Yvette Nolan is a playwright, dramaturg, and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, Donne In, and What Befalls the Earth. She is the editor of Beyond the Pale

and co-editor, with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, of Refractions: Solo. She has been the writer-in-residence at Brandon University, Mount Royal College, and the Saskatoon Public Library, as well as playwright-in-residence at the National Arts Centre. She is a past president of Playwrights Union of Canada and of Playwrights Canada Press. Yvette was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to an Algonquin mother and an Irish immigrant father and was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has lived in various parts of Canada, including in the Yukon and Nova Scotia, before moving to Toronto to take helm at Native Earth Performing Arts where she served from until 2011.

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