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'There are no lost women, only women who've forgotten their scripts.' RM Vaughan's play about Hollywood director Dorothy Arzner comes off the stage and onto the page in this handsome edition from Coach House Books. An insightful look at the gender politics behind the cameras and studios of the golden age of cinema.
Ogres, trolls, demons - monsters, like violence, are always represented as male. Not this time. Celebrated playwright RM Vaughan gives us, in three one-act monologues, three very monstrous women. 'In A Visitation by St Teresa of Avila upon Constable Margaret Chance,' we meet a middle-aged police officer whose world view is determined by her obsession with race, bloodlines and genetic determinism. 'The Susan Smith Tapes' (made into a film for CBC and Showcase by Jeremy Podeswa) shows the famous American who drowned her two young sons trying to recapture the public's attention by auditioning for talk shows. And 'Dead Teenagers' introduces us to a frustrated reverend unhealthily addicted to the spectacle of large funerals for murdered children.
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