The answer, to judge from the revival of anne chislett's quiet in the land in the tom patterson theatre at stratford, is that it may take more than 30 years to build that depth of repertoire.
Much lauded and widely produced after it emerged from the blyth festival in 1981, quiet in the land has a reputation as a canadian classic, but it has always been a serviceable play rather than a great one chislett's themes are certainly enduring and compelling. Anne chislett is a canadian playwright among her most famous pieces are the tomorrow box (1980) and quiet in the land (1981) quiet in the land won both the governor general's award for drama and the chalmers canadian play award in 1983. Chislett's play is, at bottom, a character-driven vehicle, and, fortunately, the tom patterson theatre's thrust stage, with the audience wrapped around it on three sides, encourages the intimate presentation of the psychologically intense relationships which bubble up through the visual uniformity of the amish costuming.
Go to google play now » quiet in the land anne chislett snippet view lydle martha oh mean menno enter menno jah menno miller menno oh mennonite nancy never nightshirt officer paddy o'rourke pause picks quiet scene shucking silence singing stay sunday school sure talk tell thing thought tism toronto waterloo county wear what's words. Anne chislett jacob (yock) bauman, a young member of an amish community near kitchener, ontario, chafes at the strict (and, he believes, outmoded) beliefs of his elders, particularly those of his father, christy.
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About the play: winner 1983 governor general's award for drama (canadian equivalent of the pulitzer prize) and the chalmers award quiet in the land is a full-length drama by anne chislett. —christian science monitor the theme isn't so distant from today's anxieties: the reaction of a pacifist community to a war threatening to engulf it —variety an honest and effectively human play, written well, with an understated passion —edmonton sun.
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Presented off-broadway by new york's famed circle repertory company, this eloquent play, by one of canada's most respected writers, deals with the tension and dispute which beset a rural amish community in ontario when one of their young men defies his elders and goes off to fight in world war i. Quiet in the land (a play) [anne chislett] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers full length drama / jacob (yock) bauman, a young member of an amish community near kitchener, ontario. Quiet in the land by rob ormsby anne chislett's quiet in the land, considered a classic of the modern canadian repertoire, proves worthy of revival the work dramatizes the challenges faced by an amish community in southern ontario near the end of the first world war.