The crackwalker / Judith Thompson.
2nd ed.
96 p. ; 19 cm.
A play.
Theresa, who is worshipped by her boyfriend, is a mentally challenged woman who is extremely sexy, but can never lose her innocence. She does tricks at $5 each, is addicted to Tim Horton donuts, lies without thinking and overflows with endless kindness. A tough, brilliant play about Theresa and three other down-and-outers in Kingston. A peripheral fifth character, a destroyed Native youth, is introduced to show us that even this quartet is not quite the bottommost stratum of society.
Theresa is sexy, seductive, and mentally challenged. Worshipped by her boyfriend, she turns tricks at $5, is addicted to Tim Hortons doughnuts, lies without thinking, and overflows with endless kindness, but she continues to hold on to her limitless innocence. A tough, brilliant play about Theresa and three other down-and-outers in Kingston, The Crackwalker captures the music, the dialect, and the unpretty realities of the inner-city.
Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille.
2 acts ; 3m, 2w.
First public performance : Theatre Passe-Muraille, in November, 1980, Toronto.
Director: Clarke Rogers.
Judith Thompson is the author of The Crackwalker, White Biting Dog, I Am Yours, Lion in the Streets, Sled, Perfect Pie, Habitat, Capture Me, Enoch Arden and My Pyramids. She has written two feature films "Lost and Delirious" and "Perfect Pie" as well as television movies and radio drama. Her work has enjoyed great success internationally. Judith has been won the Governor General's Literary Award for two of her books, White Biting Dog and The Other Side of the Dark. In 2006 she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. She is professor of drama at the University of Guelph, and currently lives with her husband and five children in Toronto.
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