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Ebook Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley read! Book Title: Elizabeth Rex
The author of the book: Timothy Findley
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.27 MB
Edition: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Audio)
Date of issue: September 28th 2001
ISBN: 0660185350
ISBN 13: 9780660185354

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This is a CBC Radio production of the play that asks the not-at-all musical question: "Does a gay guy who plays women on stage really know more about being a woman than an actual woman?" The answer, of course, is heck, no! Gay men are not transsexuals; they are men, and they understand as men. This play is actually rather a good illustration of this.

I once saw this on CBC television. Well, glimpsed actually, it was done with an all-male cast and bored me to tears. This production, directed by the distinguished Canadian actor Martha Henry, has the plus of featuring three roles for older female actors, rare indeed.

Set in a barn, the dying Shakespeare recalls another barn back in 1603 on the night between Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. A younger Shakespeare and a not-so-merry band of players spend the hours after a performance of Twelfth Night in the company of the ancient Queen Elizabeth I, awaiting the cannon-fire that will signal the execution of the Earl of Essex.

My elder daughter studied this as part of her AP Grade Twelve literature course. Times have changed. There is no way I would have been permitted to study something like this in high school. Full of death, dying, sexual innuendo and ambiguity, I wonder what a class of seventeen-year-olds was able to make of the tale, told by and about much older people who, unlike teenagers (no matter how jaded), have done much and seen more. Much of the play concerns a confrontation between Elizabeth and player-of-female-roles Ned Lowenscroft who is dying of the pox. It's a clash of arrogance against arrogance. Elizabeth believes she knows about being a man (hence "Elizabeth Rex") and Lowenscroft thinks he can instruct Elizabeth in being a woman.

It's a bit over-the-top, but that's an acting community for you. It is cleverly done and not soon forgotten.

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Ebook Elizabeth Rex read Online! Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.

One of three sons, Findley was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Allan Gilmour Findley, a stockbroker, and his wife, the former Margaret Maude Bull. His paternal grandfather was president of Massey-Harris, the farm-machinery company. He was raised in the upper class Rosedale district of the city, attending boarding school at St. Andrew's College (although leaving during grade 10 for health reasons). He pursued a career in the arts, studying dance and acting, and had significant success as an actor before turning to writing. He was part of the original Stratford Festival company in the 1950s, acting alongside Alec Guinness, and appeared in the first production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at the Edinburgh Festival. He also played Peter Pupkin in Sunshine Sketches, the CBC Television adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town.

Though Findley had declared his homosexuality as a teenager, he married actress/photographer Janet Reid in 1959, but the union lasted only three months and was dissolved by divorce or annulment two years later. Eventually he became the domestic partner of writer Bill Whitehead, whom he met in 1962. Findley and Whitehead also collaborated on several documentary projects in the 1970s, including the television miniseries The National Dream and Dieppe 1942.

Through Wilder, Findley became a close friend of actress Ruth Gordon, whose work as a screenwriter and playwright inspired Findley to consider writing as well. After Findley published his first short story in the Tamarack Review, Gordon encouraged him to pursue writing more actively, and he eventually left acting in the 1960s.

Findley's first two novels, The Last of the Crazy People (1967) and The Butterfly Plague (1969), were originally published in Britain and the United States after having been rejected by Canadian publishers. Findley's third novel, The Wars, was published to great acclaim in 1977 and went on to win the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction. It was adapted for film in 1981.

Timothy Findley received a Governor General's Award, the Canadian Authors Association Award, an ACTRA Award, the Order of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Award, and in 1985 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was a founding member and chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, and a president of the Canadian chapter of PEN International.

His writing was typical of the Southern Ontario Gothic style — Findley, in fact, first invented its name — and was heavily influenced by Jungian psychology. Mental illness, gender and sexuality were frequent recurring themes in his work. His characters often carried dark personal secrets, and were often conflicted — sometimes to the point of psychosis — by these burdens.

He publicly mentioned his homosexuality, passingly and perhaps for the first time, on a broadcast of the programme The Shulman File in the 1970s, taking flabbergasted host Morton Shulman completely by surprise.

Findley and Whitehead resided at Stone Orchard, a farm near Cannington, Ontario, and in the south of France. In 1996, Findley was honoured by the French government, who declared him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres.

Findley was also the author of several dramas for television and stage. Elizabeth Rex, his most successful play, premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada to rave reviews and won a Governor General's award. His 1993 play The Stillborn Lover was adapted by Shaftesbury Films into the television film External Affairs, which aired on CBC Television in 1999. Shadows, first performed in 2001, was his last completed work. Findley was also an active mentor to a number of young Canadian writers, including Marnie Woodrow and Elizabeth Ruth.




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