Books Backstage

The Prince George Public Library and Theatre NorthWest have partnered to connect library patrons and theatre goers with resources on themes addressed within the plays performed during Theatre NorthWest’s 2017/2018 season. In collaboration with Theatre NorthWest’s artistic director, PGPL librarians will provide recommendations of fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and other materials that may enrich the audiences’ experience of the performances. Book lists will be posted at least one month in advance of each play.

Book list to accompany Hedda Noir, which runs Feb. 15 – Mar. 4, 2018

Plays, Volume Two by Henrik Ibsen
This volume contains Ibsen's two most famous and frequently read, studied and performed plays about women: A Doll's House (1879), his first international success, which 'exploded like a bomb into contemporary life', and Hedda Gabler (1890), now one of his most popular plays, but greeted at first with bewilderment and outrage ('The play is simply a bad escape of moral sewage-gas' Pictorial World). Also included is An Enemy of the People (1883), whose central character was the actor Konstantin Stanislavski's favourite role.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Narrated with superb psychological skill and dramatic precision, it tells the story of a nameless woman driven mad by enforced confinement after the birth of her child. Isolated in a colonial mansion in the middle of nowhere, forced to sleep in an attic nursery with barred windows and sickly yellow wallpaper, secretly she does what she has to do - she writes.
City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley
For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories--long-suppressed and willfully forgotten--to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past...if she survives.
The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
In 1942, Will falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired as a piano teacher. A newlywed, Claire is seduced by the heady social life of the expatriate community. At one of its elegant cocktail parties, she meets Will, to whom she is instantly attracted -- but as their affair intensifies, Claire discovers that Will's enigmatic persona hides a devastating past.
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.
Rescue by Anita Shreve
A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage.

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Hedda Noir

One of theatre history’s greatest plays, Hedda noir tells the story of a beautiful Hedda of the late General Gabler, who too proud to lose the only power she believes she can still wield, sets in motion a tragic series of events that builds to a climactic and explosive finish. In this new adaptation set in the 1940’s and with an exciting original design sourced from the Film Noir genre this highly theatrical production is a must see for any theatre goer!! A Murder Mystery that’s less about the WHO and more about the HOW and WHY!!

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