Is Caryl Churchill the top girl?
That the British dramatist is the first female to be honoured at the Master Playwrights Festival seems to answer that question, but it is hard to know first-hand because her plays are so rarely done professionally in Winnipeg or in Canada. Locals will have to take it on blind faith that she is the greatest female playwright as ChurchillFest kicks off tonight on three stages and continues through Feb. 7.
Churchill is a bit of a mystery outside the high tower of academe. Her admirers claim she never became enough of a household name to lose her cult status.
The 72-year-old annoyingly lets her 30-play canon speak entirely for itself. She refused to be interviewed for ChuchillFest. In 1987 she broached the subject by saying, "I dislike the feeling of being pinned down as being one thing or another."
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wow - A Churchill Festival
In Winnipeg there will be 11 productions and four readings of the British playwright's work: