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Fennario, David

Overview
Works: 52 works in 195 publications in 4 languages and 2,590 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Acting editions  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary films  Filmed performances  Diaries  Fiction  History  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Other, Speaker
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On the job : a play by David Fennario( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is Christmas Eve, 1970. In the shipping room of a Montreal dress factory, the workers get drunk and decide to go on strike. "So many of the guys I knew on the street are gone dead or crazy, man. There's no escape. This whole country is just one big factory, one big jail, Billy ... Either you're a good nigger or ya die. Know what I mean? ... Black, yellow, white. We're all niggers down on Rockefeller's Plantation, man." "Punks, Billy. All we get now is punks ... I used to have this shipping room running like a new machine, remember, Billy? ... No trouble, no fuss, 'cause everybody did their job and knew their place, but now ... In the last five years, the kids been getting more and more like that Gary Boyce. Shit disturbers. They all got that look in their eye. Know what I mean? Like they don't give a damn." This play is the author's post-mortem on the 60's and a look at the Canadian class structure
Balconville : a play by David Fennario( Book )

30 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing to lose : a play by David Fennario( Book )

17 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joe Beef : a history of Pointe Saint Charles by David Fennario( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream : mystery at McGill by David Fennario( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1876, Jack the Ripper, otherwise known as Canadian Doctor Thomas Neill Cream, graduated with merit from McGill's faculty of medicine. Cream was a backstreet abortionist and managed an exclusive brothel called The Elite Club. His notorious reputation eventually forced him to flee Canada for London. He was hanged in 1892 for the murder of four prostitutes." "Doctor Thomas Neill Cream mixes fact and speculation with its cast of unlikely characters: khaki-covered union organizers - the good guys; five white-faced "zombies" representing such illustrious "Founding Fathers of Confederation" and distinguished members of the McGill fraternity as Sir Hugh Allan, Sir William Dawson, Sir William Osler and Lord Strathcona - the victors; and their young prostitutes - the victims." "Intended as a cultural exorcism, playwright David Fennario charges with murder the capitalists who are now paraded through our history books as nation-builders. Past evil is paralleled in the present."--Jacket
Motherhouse by David Fennario( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Motherhouse is the story of munitions workers in a factory in Verdun, Quebec, that employed thousands of women ... during the First and Second World Wars. They serviced the war effort while their men served overseas and got killed in record numbers. It's a community that made a living getting itself murdered, a community mothered and maimed by war. A story told as a caution by someone whose life was shaped by that communal experience. A story that celebrates a resistance to mass murder that rarely gets into the official historical accounts."
Banana Boots by David Fennario( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banana Boots is a one-man-show / memoir in which Fennario recounts, with astonishing insight and wit, the phenomenon of taking his famous bilingual play, Balconville, to Belfast on a British / Canadian cultural mission. Given the subject of Balconville, that the real problem in Quebec is not one of language or culture, but one of British imperialism and the class structure it imposes on its "colonials", the ironies of such an event are, of course, both delicious and irresistible. At first mystified by the dismissively disinterested response to his play, Fennario gradually realizes that it is his handlers and agents, presenting him as an icon of the British Empire, who are causing the problem. Once out among the working class and the bristling tension-filled atmosphere of their pub-based communities, Fennario experiences a mutual epiphany of solidarity with "the troubles" in Ireland and "the troubles" in Quebec, brought to a head by his soul mate "Banana Boots", the stand up Irish comedian who regales his audience with scathing caricatures of both Ian Paisley and the leaders of Sien Fein. Himself an anglophone descendant of Irish immigrants who came to "the point" in Montreal to escape the potato famine in 1847, Fennario remains an unabashed Marxist and Quebec separatist. Banana Boots is Fennario's clearest expression of his revolutionary social conscience since his highly acclaimed student journal, Without a Parachute, and is published in celebration of the historic 1998 referendum in Ireland
Bolsheviki : a dead serious comedy by David Fennario( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a Montreal bar on Remembrance Day, Bolsheviki recounts stories from the trenches of the First World War, as told by veteran Harry "Rosie" Rollins to reporter Jerry Nines. Rosie's meandering monologue delivers a blistering de-glorification of war as it shifts between his wartime recollections and the present day. The veteran's clattering, fast-paced description of life--and death--on the Western Front reproduces the chaotic sounds and rhythms of battle. Rosie recalls men pissing their pants, losing limbs--and officers "who stayed nice and dry in the deep dugout" while soldiers sat in the trenches with "nose cold ears cold feet cold dicks cold." When news breaks out about the revolution in Russia, it spreads like an electric shock--that Russian soldiers were deserting en masse in their millions. Rosie tells of the plan to mutiny on those men who generaled the slaughter of seventeen million men in a purposeless war: "We knew then what we had to do ... put an end to the war before it put an end to us." This cutting-edge drama, profoundly in opposition to conventional histories of Canadian troops in the First World War, debunks every sentimental notion of duty, heroism, and warfare.--Cover, p. [4]
The death of René Lévesque by David Fennario( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examination of the changes to the separatist movement in Quebec in an anniversary celebration of the death of its most charismatic leader
The death of Ren ̌Lv̌esque by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A l'ouvrage by David Fennario( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in French and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sans parachute by David Fennario( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Récit-journal couvrant la période décembre 1969-mai 1971. L'auteur est un anglophone montréalais que Robert Guy Scully n'hésite pas à comparer au Réjean Ducharme de ##L'hiver de force##. Style très familier. David Fennario a pas mal roulé sa bosse, c'est un écrivain naturel, attachant, chaleureux (le genre de gars qui joue de l'harmonica, dort un peu partout, aime les enfants, vit avec les pauvres ou les étudiants, etc.). Son livre est d'accès facile et d'intérêt soutenu. Pour Yves Thériault, l'auteur a - par excès de superficialité - raté une occasion de peindre la Petite Bourgogne et la Pointe Saint-Charles
Fennario : his world on stage( Visual )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the man and his work. Examines the writer's politically charged theatre and his connections to the working-class Montreal districts of Point St. Charles and Verdun
On The Job by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing to Lose by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctor Thomas Neill Cream: Mystery at McGill by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banana Boots by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Balconville by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Death of RenC) LC)vesque by David Fennario( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David Fennario's Banana Boots by David Fennario( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A production of David Fennario's one-man play which recounts his memories of home in the Verdun neighbourhood of Montreal and his journey to Belfast for the Irish premier of his hit play Balconville
 
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On the job : a play
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Balconville : a playNothing to lose : a playJoe Beef : a history of Pointe Saint CharlesDoctor Thomas Neill Cream : mystery at McGillBanana BootsThe death of René Lévesque
Alternative Names
David Fennario Canadees toneelschrijver

David Fennario Canadian politician

David Fennario dramaturgu canadianu

David Fennario kanadischer Dramatiker

David Fennario polític canadenc

David Fennario político canadiense

David Fennario politikan kanadez

Fenario, David, 1947-

Fennario, David

Wiper, David 1947-

Wiper David William

Wiper, David William 1947-

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