Since Judith Thompson debuted her play White Biting Dog (page 7 of the issue) - which went on to win the Governor General's Award for Drama - the veteran playwright has written 11 plays on her own. But lately she's mastered the art of theatrical collaboration with particular communities. She worked with diverse women to craft the 2009 show Body & Soul, and then with young people suffering from real and perceive illnesses in Sick, both based on the personal stories oh her non-professional actors. This week she opens RARE, born out of the experience of a troupe of actors with Down syndrome. (See interview, page 46.) Early in her career, she was perceived as a writer consumed by dark themes. In NOW's 1984 cover story, she rejects that characterization. "I'm just looking at reality," she claims. In that sense, her preoccupation hasn't changed in three decades. It's only the process that's been transformed.
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