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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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Lepage's image of flying at the conclusion of "Vinci"

Video Cabaret International launches Michael Hollingsworth's epic cycle of Canadian History plays, The History of the Village of the Small Huts with "Part I: New France" – the documentary highpoint of the vogue in dramatizations of the Canadian past, which had been initiated in more fictional or symbolic terms by Michael Cook or James Reaney. A rather different type of history is offered by Robert Lepage, who performs his first one-man show, Vinci. Dealing with issues of creation and identity, of selfhood and artistry, Vinci is also about political developments in French Canada over the decades since the "Quiet Revolution" of the 1960s, with the journey made by Phillipe, Lepage's protagonist, being presented as echoing Quebec's own odyssey toward self-conception.

Jerry Wasserman's edition of Modern Canadian Plays, is published, joining the first two national anthologies of Canadian Drama that had appeared in 1984: Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre, ed. Richard Perkyns, and The Penguin Book of Modern Canadian Drama, ed. Richard Plant. Wasserman's volume becomes the standard teaching anthology of Canadian Drama, and appears in a revised, two-volume edition in 1993-4.

Mary Vingoe and Michael Fuller found the Ship's Company Theatre aboard the MV Kipawo in Parrsboro, N.S., with their co-authored Minas Basin Miracle Play. Dedicated to promoting Atlantic Canadian playwrights and to producing works set in Atlantic Canada, since its founding, Ship's Company has developed and staged over 20 new plays, and several works that originated there have subsequently been produced across the country, including Wendy Lill's Sisters and The Glace Bay Miners Museum, Ray Guy's Young Triffie's Been Made Away With, and David French's Salt-Water Moon.