Lee Playwright in Residence wins Governor General’s Award – curious arts

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The Department of Drama’s Lee Playwright in Residence, Colleen Murphy has won a second Governor General’s award for Pig Girl

Jury Statement:

from ggbooks.ca/books/drama/english/pig-girl

from ggbooks.ca/books/drama/english/pig-girl

“Colleen Murphy weaves a masterfully structured examination of humanity within our most inhumane moments. Pig Girl forces us to relentlessly bear witness to a single night of horror that echoes the silenced ongoing violence against women. Difficult and harrowing, it asks us to acknowledge our collective responsibility. Arresting. Undeniable. Unforgettable.”

One of her earlier plays, The December Man (L’homme de décembre), won a Governor General Book award in 2007.

Read the full details here: http://ggbooks.ca/books/drama/english/pig-girl

Colleen has been serving as Playwright in Residence since September 2014. Her service concludes with the premiere of Bright Burning this spring, the play she was commissioned to write as part of her residency. Presented by Studio Theatre, the bold new play will be directed by Faculty member, Jan Selman, and will feature members of the BFA’s Acting company.

Bright Burning

World Premiere

March 30 – April 8 at 7:30 pm (No show Sunday, April 2)

Matinee Thursday, April 6 at 12:30 pm

When a group of young people break into a mansion to steal stuff to pay off a drug debt, they unexpectedly confront their own ambition and sense of futility. Full of dark comedy and wild abandon, Bright Burning dramatizes the emotional cost of economic disparity to reveal the bottomless rage that often fuels the working poor.

Related stories:

Read an interview on CBC books with Colleen Murphy: Playwright Colleen Murphy on hiding secrets and finding sinister, shiny things

Edmonton Journal: University of Alberta’s playwright-in-residence Colleen Murphy wins the Governor General’s Award for Pig Girl

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