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Sally Clark

SALLY CLARK  (1953 - )

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Talent House  represented by Michael Petrasek


Born in Vancouver, Sally Clark is a critically acclaimed playwright who has been dazzling audiences with her penchant for dark humour, ironic wit, and sharp character portrayals. Her plays, typically presented in a series of short, vivid, and fast-paced scenes, seamlessly combine comedic and tragic motifs to tell the stories of strong and adventurous women. In Saint Frances of Hollywood and Life Without Instruction, she demonstrates her knack for Dramatizing the lives of historical figures, providing a feminist re-visioning of what it means and what it costs to be a heroine. Clark has been playwright-in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, the Shaw Festival, Nakai Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre. She is also a painter, director, and filmmaker. When she was a resident artist at the Canadian Film Centre, she wrote and directed her award-winning short film "Ten Ways to abuse an Old Woman." Her novel 'Waiting for the Revolution' was published by Cormorant books in 2010.

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below is a list of Sally Clark's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Jehanne Of The Witches         Life Without Instruction         Lost Souls And Missing Persons         Moo         Saint Frances Of Holywood         Sleeproom         Ten Ways To Abuse An Old Woman         Trial Of A Ladies Man         Trial Of Judith K         Wanted         Wasps



Jehanne Of The Witches

Synopsis:
Christianity vs. Paganism provides the backdrop for this play-within-a-play centering on the relationship between Joan of arc and the reputed mass murderer, Gilles de Rais (Bluebeard).

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1st Produced:
Tarragon Theatre, Toronto    1989

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1st Published:
published under the title- "Big Time Women from Way Back When." Playwrights Canada, 1993   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  doubling

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Life Without Instruction

Life Without Instruction
Based on a true story and a real trial, this presents a woman's struggle for freedom, identity and dignity. artemisia Fentileshi's father, the late-Renaissance painter Orazio Gentileschi, takes the unusual step of having his daughter trained in the art of painting under the instruction of his friend agostino Tassi. Tassi rapes artemisia, and is taken to trial by both artemisia and Orazio, but - as usual - the person really on trial in this rape case is the women, who is politically humiliated and tortured. But this only strengths artemisia's determination to become an independent woman, artist and painter

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1st Produced:
Theatre Plus Toronto    1991

Company:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, 1994   978-0889223479

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Lost Souls And Missing Persons

Lost Souls And Missing Persons
a housewife and mother goes missing while on holiday in New York City. as her husband searches for her, she becomes a gibberish-speaking street person. Flashbacks of her past alternate with scenes from her present

Notes:
as Sally Clark's first full-length play, Lost Souls And Missing Persons is Also An Astonishingly complex And Accomplished theatrical debut. Using A small cast to portray over twenty characters, the play stretches Actors' Abilities to their very limits while continuing to challenge theatres to mount An elaborate production requiring crucially inventive set And lighting designs.

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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, 1998   978-0889223974

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Genre:
Tragical-comical Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  doubling

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Moo

Moo
When the feisty and rebellious Moragh (Moo) meets the intriguing Harry, she decides nothing will ever separate them . . . and Harry has been running ever since. a black comedy about obsession

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1st Published:
Playwrights Canada Press, 1989   978-0-88754-476-7

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Saint Frances Of Holywood

Saint Frances Of Holywood
Hollywood diva Frances Farmer chooses to join the socialist Group Theatre in New York. She becomes incarcerated in a Seattle psychiatric hospital, where she was lobotomized and released as "cured" in 1949.

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1st Produced:
The Canadian Stage Theatre, Toronto.    1996

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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, 1996   978-0889223660

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Sleeproom

Synopsis:
The mind cotrol experiments of a Dr Cameron

Notes:
Written by Robin Fulford; Sally Clark; Daniel MacIvor; John Mighton

1st Produced:
Platform 9 Theatre    1992

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Ten Ways To Abuse An Old Woman

Synopsis:
a black-hearted look at the relationship between a woman and her elderly mother.

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1st Produced:
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto.    1983

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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1997   -

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Genre:
Comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Trial Of A Ladies Man

Synopsis:
Four women get revenge on the "Ladies Man".

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1st Produced:
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Ontario.    1987

Company:
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1st Published:
Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, 1997   -

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Genre:
Comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Trial Of Judith K

Trial Of Judith K
Roughly based on Kafka's "The Trial." Judith K. finds herself accused of an unknown crime. The harder she delves into the bureaucratic nightmare, the more firmly she is bound by it, and the more obscure the reasons for her conviction become.

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1st Produced:
Canadian Stage Company, Toronto.    1989

Company:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, 1991   978-0887544651

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Wanted

Wanted
It is 1897, and word of gold on the Klondike has spurred a frantic rush of miners to cash in on the riches. But by the time the prospectors arrive, all the claims have been staked. Desperation sets in over the landscape and people will do literally anything to survive.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT    26 Mar 2003

Company:
Nakai Theatre

1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, aug 2004   978-0889225039

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  Many parts- can use more actors

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Wasps

Wasps
Val McIntosh, a sane, sensible librarian, marries in haste and repents at leisure. a drawing-room farce for distempered times

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1st Produced:
Factory Theatre Studio Cafe, Toronto, Ontario.    1996

Company:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, 1998   978-0889223981

Music:
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Genre:
Comedic Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  doubling

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