Winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama
“…one of Canada’s most promising young independent theatre artists.”—Alison Broverman, Toronto Star
Three of Jordan Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works are featured in this collection, including Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95.
Based on a true story, Get Yourself Home Skyler James follows the harrowing journey of a young lesbian who defects from the army when she is outed by fellow soldiers. Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes chronicles the last hour of Peter Fechter’s life, a teenager in East Berlin shot while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 1962 with his companion. Finally, the award-winning rihannaboi95 centers around a Toronto teen whose world comes crashing in when YouTube videos of him dancing to songs by his favorite pop heroine go viral. Together these solo plays explore the lives of three queer youth and their resilience in the face of violence and intolerance.
Check out a performance of rihannaboi95 on YouTube. Owais Lightwala is Sunny in this viral play, produced by Suburban Beast.
Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director, and filmmaker. The Globe and Mail recently called Jordan “ . . . the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” His plays have been presented across Canada, and his films have been widely exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute. Jordan received the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays. In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art-space Videofag in Toronto. Visit www.jordantannahill.com
Click here to find a copy of his book Theatre of the Unimpressed, published by Coach House Books.