Rick Salutin - Drama


Rick Salutin has an interest in drama and performing arts. His first play, Fanshen, unpublished, was adapted from William Hinton’s book Fanshen and was produced by Toronto Workshop Productions. The Adventures of an Immigrant shows that he is concerned about poverty and other hardships in Western Society. His unpublished Maria was a drama on CBC television about a woman fighting to put factory workers in the union. His first published play was 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt about the revolt led by William Lyon Mackenzie. This play was created at Theatre Passe Muraille and produced on CBC television in 1975. 1837 won the Chalmers award for best Canadian play in 1977. His most successful play, Les Canadiens (1977), helped written by goaltender Ken Dryden, won him the Chalmer Outstanding Play award. Rick Salutin helped found The Guild of Canadian Playwrights and in 1978 became chairman. Another play he wrote is “Joey” (1981).

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