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Patricia Joudry

PATRICIA JOUDRY

  (1921 - 2000)

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Anton Wagner Productions  

English-Canada's first professional 20th century playwright to make a living from her writing, Patricia Joudry (1921-2000) was the widest internationally produced Canadian playwright from 1941 until the proliferation of indigenous professional Theatres across the country beginning in the late 1960s. She wrote over 300 plays, of which approximately 250 were scripted for radio in Canada and the U.S. at a time when few works by female playwrights were produced, Joudry's comedies and Dramas on stage, radio and television criticized the often stifling nature of marriage, child education, religious teachings, social conventions and mindless consumerism. In her plays and prose writing, she encouraged women and men to develop their human potential, foster their artistic inclinations and follow spiritual, rather than materialistic, pursuits.

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        Galatea         God Goes Heathen         I Ching         Man With the Perfect Wife         My Lady Shiva         Noon Has No Shadows         Now         Obsessors, The         Sand Castle, The         Semi-Detached         Song Of Louise In the Morning, The         Stranger In My House, The         Teach Me How To Cry         Think Again         Three Rings For Michelle         Three Way Destiny         Toe Of Clay         Valerie         Walk Alone Together         Wind In the Wasteland         Years Of Your Father



Galatea

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God Goes Heathen

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I Ching

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Man With the Perfect Wife

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Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Palm Beach, Florida    1965

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Comedy

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My Lady Shiva

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from her novel the Dweller on the Threshold

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Noon Has No Shadows

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Two teenagers whose families are shunned by the rest of the town fall in love. the girl, Melinda, is cast in the role of Juliet in the High School play. She begins to see more and more of her and Will (the young man) life coming to be like the characters in the play

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Arts, London    18 Jul 1958

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Manuscript for hire from Samuel French Ltd   -

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Now

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MacDowell Coloney, New Hampshire    1971

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Science Fiction multi-media Drama

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Obsessors, The

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Sand Castle, The

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Margo Jones Theatre, Dallas, Texas    1955

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Playwrights Co-op, Toronto,    -

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Play/Drama

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Semi-Detached

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Martin Beck Theatre, NY    1960

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Song Of Louise In the Morning, The

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Louise married Stanley years before, more in gratitude than in love, after he had been badly injured in saving her life in a car accident. Stanley, in turn, is psychotically obsessed with a smothering love for his wife, and has become a compulsive liar, intent on making himself the center of Louise's universe. She is drawn away from contact with her family when her brother is accidentally killed in a quarrel with Stanley. When their little boy is electrocuted on his third birthday by a live wire on the electric train Stanley had given him as a present, Louise is thrown into a state of shock. Stanley quits a promising job and a chance of promotion to stay by her side and nurse her. as the play opens, she has a job as nurse to someone else's little boy, and her love for this child has blocked out the pain of her own loss. But Stanley, fearing her attachment for the child has grown too strong, comes home that evening with the news that he had been promoted to manager of a branch store in Australia. Louise is heartbroken at having to leave the boy. the day they are to sail, she learns that Stanley's story is a lie, that in reality he has accepted a position at a much lower salary. angrily, she confronts him with the truth and threatens to leave him. then, in a sudden flash of understanding she realizes that all those accidents have not been accidents, and she runs out. What follows is a tragic and spine-tingling ending.

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Long 1 act domestic Drama

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Stranger In My House, The

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Teach Me How To Cry

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according to Kerr in the New York Herald-Tribune, the Play concerns "a delicately written relationship between a self-conscious, proud youngster who guesses-correctly-that her not-quite-bright mother was never married. . .there is a troubled, only reluctantly hostile relationship between a boy who thinks of himself as 'more the writer type' and the ambitious but ineffectual parents who want to urge him toward better things. . . as the boy and girl, both of them outcasts in the high-school world of prom dates and grapevine rumors, stumble upon one another and slowly find their ways toward dignity, open affection and some sort of identity. TeaCH Me HOW TO CRY leafs over a good many attractive memory-sketches. . .Patricia Joudry, who wrote the play. . .has done honorably by most of her characters. . . it is everywhere marked by talent." Though the boy and girl are separated by their parents who refuse to acknowledge one another's worth, the vital steps to maturity have been taken and through their love for each other they emerge as important people.

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Theatre deLys, Off Broadway, NY    1955

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Think Again

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Satirical Comedy Satire

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Three Rings For Michelle

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Maud's husband left her long ago and died in some far off place. She shares a barren, loveless home with her son, Joe. Maud and Joe can't reach each other except to inflict pain. She nags Joe for his uselessness and for the emptiness which has opened up between them. Joe retreats behind his books and into dreams. Lucinda is married to Maud's brother and has son, Eddie, who is a successful and unprincipled lawyer. She calls on Maud and Joe each week. Between these two there is also a sense of alienation made greater by Eddie's refUSAl to talk to his father, who is in prison. Into their midst comes Michelle. She is a gentle, other-worldly orphan, who calls Maud's long-lost husband "father, and believes that she has finally found her true home and family. Michelle has two rings-one from her mother and one from her father. She seeks a third ring-from a friend. How she finds this, and how she brings hope to people who had known only despair is the real story and meaning of the play. the lesson it teaches is warm with truth and understanding, and the way in which it is put forth constitutes an affecting and unique experience.

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avenue Theatre, Toronto    1956

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Comedy Drama Comedy

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Three Way Destiny

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Toe Of Clay

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Valerie

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CBC Playdate    1961

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http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/theatre/joudry/valerie.htm   -

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Walk Alone Together

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aka Will You Walk A Little Faster

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Duke of York's Theatre, London    1960

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Wind In the Wasteland

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Years Of Your Father

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