A companion anthology to Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies, Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories brings together plays that not only stage moments in Canada’s past but also act historiographically, generating new histories for the present moments at which they were written and performed.
This anthology represents a wide range of literary and performance practices—ranging from poetic tragedy, to radio drama, to Indigenous satire—and, because of its broad generic and historical scope, also serves as an excellent survey of Canadian dramatic literature from Confederation to the present.
Tecumseh by Charles Mair
The Birth of Montreal by Amy Redpath Roddick
Alexander Mackenzie by Merrill Denison
At My Heart’s Core by Robertson Davies
The Komagata Maru Incident by Sharon Pollock
Angélique by Lorena Gale
Please Do Not Touch the Indians by Joseph A. Dandurand