Canadian Theater History MCQs with Answer

Who is often referred to as the “Father of Canadian Theatre” for establishing the first permanent theatre in Canada in 1789?
a) Robert Lepage
b) Christopher Plummer
c) John Hirsch
d) David Garrick
Answer: d) David Garrick

The Stratford Festival, one of the most prestigious Canadian theaters, was founded in which year?
a) 1939
b) 1953
c) 1967
d) 1982
Answer: b) 1953

Who is known for creating and performing the one-woman play “The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls”?
a) Judith Thompson
b) Ann-Marie MacDonald
c) Rebecca Northan
d) Morris Panych
Answer: c) Rebecca Northan

The play “The Drawer Boy,” which explores the relationship between two farmers and a young actor, was written by:
a) Judith Thompson
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) Michael Healey
d) Michael Ondaatje
Answer: c) Michael Healey

Who wrote the play “Billy Bishop Goes to War,” a Canadian musical that tells the story of a World War I flying ace?
a) David French
b) John Gray
c) John Murrell
d) John MacLachlan Gray
Answer: d) John MacLachlan Gray

The play “Tempting Providence,” based on the true story of a nurse in rural Newfoundland, was written by:
a) David French
b) Robert Lepage
c) Bernard Shaw
d) Robert Chafe
Answer: d) Robert Chafe

Who directed the groundbreaking play “Indigenous City” (1996), which explored the Indigenous experience in urban settings?
a) Tomson Highway
b) Marie Clements
c) Daniel David Moses
d) Yvette Nolan
Answer: d) Yvette Nolan

The play “The Shape of a Girl” (2001) is based on the true story of which tragic event?
a) École Polytechnique massacre
b) Air India Flight 182 bombing
c) Westray mine disaster
d) Mount Polley mine breach
Answer: a) École Polytechnique massacre

Who is known for creating and performing the autobiographical solo play “The Book of Jessica”?
a) Judith Thompson
b) Marie Clements
c) Ann-Marie MacDonald
d) Sky Gilbert
Answer: c) Ann-Marie MacDonald

The play “Bittergirl” (2002), exploring the humorous side of breakups, was co-created by:
a) Joan MacLeod
b) Diane Flacks
c) Sharon Pollock
d) Hannah Moscovitch
Answer: b) Diane Flacks

Who directed the play “Where the Blood Mixes,” which addresses the impact of the residential school system on Indigenous communities?
a) Daniel David Moses
b) Kevin Loring
c) Drew Hayden Taylor
d) Morris Panych
Answer: b) Kevin Loring

The play “Salt-Water Moon” (1984), a romantic drama set in Newfoundland, was written by:
a) David French
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) John Murrell
d) John Gray
Answer: a) David French

Who directed the play “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God” (2002), which addresses themes of faith and identity?
a) Daniel David Moses
b) Djanet Sears
c) Tomson Highway
d) Marie Clements
Answer: b) Djanet Sears

The play “Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott” (2008) was written by which Canadian playwright?
a) Judith Thompson
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) John Murrell
d) Beverley Cooper
Answer: d) Beverley Cooper

Who directed the play “The Rez Sisters” (1986), which follows the lives of seven women on a reserve?
a) Daniel David Moses
b) Tomson Highway
c) Drew Hayden Taylor
d) Kevin Loring
Answer: b) Tomson Highway

The play “The December Man” (2007), written by Colleen Murphy, is inspired by which tragic event in Canadian history?
a) The Halifax Explosion
b) The École Polytechnique massacre
c) The sinking of the Empress of Ireland
d) The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Answer: b) The École Polytechnique massacre

Who is known for creating and performing the autobiographical solo play “Bunny”?
a) Judith Thompson
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) Sky Gilbert
d) David French
Answer: c) Sky Gilbert

The play “Where the Blood Mixes” (2008) is set in which Indigenous community?
a) Cree
b) Haida
c) Ojibwe
d) Nlaka’pamux
Answer: d) Nlaka’pamux

Who directed the play “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” (1989), which addresses the challenges faced by Indigenous communities?
a) Daniel David Moses
b) Tomson Highway
c) Kevin Loring
d) Drew Hayden Taylor
Answer: b) Tomson Highway

The play “What the Body Remembers” (1999) is based on a novel by which Canadian author?
a) Margaret Atwood
b) Joy Kogawa
c) Alice Munro
d) Rohinton Mistry
Answer: b) Joy Kogawa

Who directed the play “The Edward Curtis Project” (2004), which examines the controversial work of photographer Edward Curtis?
a) Daniel David Moses
b) Kevin Loring
c) Marie Clements
d) Margo Kane
Answer: c) Marie Clements

The play “Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing” (1989) is written by which Indigenous playwright?
a) Tomson Highway
b) Kevin Loring
c) Daniel David Moses
d) Drew Hayden Taylor
Answer: a) Tomson Highway

Who directed the play “God of Carnage” (2006), a dark comedy exploring the conflicts between two couples?
a) Daniel MacIvor
b) Robert Lepage
c) Morris Panych
d) Eda Holmes
Answer: c) Morris Panych

The play “Half Life” (2005), which explores the consequences of a nuclear disaster, was written by:
a) Daniel David Moses
b) John Murrell
c) Judith Thompson
d) John Mighton
Answer: c) Judith Thompson

Who directed the play “The Shape of Things” (2001), a thought-provoking drama about art and manipulation?
a) Ann-Marie MacDonald
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) Neil LaBute
d) Morris Panych
Answer: c) Neil LaBute

The play “The Drawer Boy” (1999) is set in which Canadian province?
a) Newfoundland and Labrador
b) British Columbia
c) Saskatchewan
d) Ontario
Answer: d) Ontario

Who directed the play “The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” (2010), based on a novel by Wayne Johnston?
a) Tomson Highway
b) Robert Lepage
c) Daniel MacIvor
d) Jillian Keiley
Answer: d) Jillian Keiley

The play “Scar Tissue” (2008), exploring themes of addiction and recovery, was written by:
a) Judith Thompson
b) John Murrell
c) David French
d) Michael Healey
Answer: a) Judith Thompson

Who directed the play “Trying” (2004), based on the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass?
a) Morris Panych
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) David French
d) Diane Flacks
Answer: a) Morris Panych

The play “Noises Off” (1982), a classic farce about the behind-the-scenes chaos of a theater production, was written by:
a) David French
b) Tom Stoppard
c) Michael Frayn
d) David Mamet
Answer: c) Michael Frayn

Who is known for creating and performing the autobiographical solo play “Exclusion”?
a) Judith Thompson
b) Daniel MacIvor
c) Anosh Irani
d) Evalyn Parry
Answer: c) Anosh Irani

The play “The Forbidden Phoenix” (1993), a musical retelling of a Chinese-Canadian opera, was written by:
a) Judith Thompson
b) Jean Yoon
c) David French
d) Dora Mavor Moore
Answer: b) Jean Yoon

Who directed the play “Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera” (2001), exploring the experiences of Black youth in urban environments?
a) Robert Lepage
b) Trey Anthony
c) Morris Panych
d) Daniel MacIvor
Answer: b) Trey Anthony

The play “The Crackwalker” (1980), known for its gritty portrayal of marginalized characters, was written by:
a) Lisa Moore
b) Sharon Pollock
c) Judith Thompson
d) Judith Fitzgerald
Answer: c) Judith Thompson

Who directed the play “The Drowsy Chaperone” (1998), a musical comedy that parodies 1920s musicals?
a) Christopher Plummer
b) Robert Lepage
c) Morris Panych
d) Jerry Zaks
Answer: c) Morris Panych

The play “The Rez Sisters” (1986) is set on which Indigenous reserve?
a) Six Nations of the Grand River
b) Kahnawake
c) Wikwemikong
d) Wasauksing
Answer: c) Wikwemikong

Who directed the play “Billy Bishop Goes to War” (1978), a musical that tells the story of a Canadian flying ace?
a) David French
b) John Gray
c) Eric Peterson
d) Morris Panych
Answer: c) Eric Peterson

The play “This Is War” (2013), which delves into the experiences of soldiers in Afghanistan, was written by:
a) David French
b) George F. Walker
c) Hannah Moscovitch
d) John Murrell
Answer: c) Hannah Moscovitch

Who directed the play “Othello” (2007) for the Stratford Festival, casting a Black actor in the titular role for the first time?
a) Martha Henry
b) Robert Lepage
c) Des McAnuff
d) Christopher Plummer
Answer: a) Martha Henry

The play “The Real World?” (1991) addresses issues faced by which community?
a) Indigenous
b) LGBTQ+
c) Deaf
d) Disabled
Answer: d) Disabled

Who directed the play “The Shoplifters” (2014), a comedy that explores the dynamics of a dysfunctional family?
a) Robert Lepage
b) Morris Panych
c) Daniel MacIvor
d) David Mamet
Answer: b) Morris Panych

The play “The 27 Club” (2016) is inspired by the lives and deaths of famous musicians who died at which age?
a) 18
b) 21
c) 27
d) 33
Answer: c) 27

Who directed the play “Fences” (1985) for the Stratford Festival, marking the first time a Black director led a mainstage production?
a) Christopher Plummer
b) Robert Lepage
c) Des McAnuff
d) Lloyd Richards
Answer: d) Lloyd Richards

The play “In the Heights” (2005), a musical that celebrates Latinx culture in a New York City neighborhood, was written by:
a) Lin-Manuel Miranda
b) David French
c) Morris Panych
d) Robert Lepage
Answer: a) Lin-Manuel Miranda

Who directed the play “Where the Wild Things Are” (1979), an adaptation of the beloved children’s book?
a) Robert Munsch
b) Judith Thompson
c) Maurice Sendak
d) Christopher Plummer
Answer: c) Maurice Sendak

The play “Half Life” (2005) is set in which Canadian city?
a) Vancouver
b) Montreal
c) Toronto
d) Calgary
Answer: c) Toronto

Who directed the play “Kilt” (1997), a comedy that explores Scottish-Canadian identity and stereotypes?
a) Daniel MacIvor
b) Morris Panych
c) Ann-Marie MacDonald
d) David French
Answer: b) Morris Panych

The play “Equivocation” (2009), a historical drama that delves into the writing of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” was written by:
a) David French
b) Kevin Loring
c) Bill Cain
d) Daniel MacIvor
Answer: c) Bill Cain

Who directed the play “The Penelopiad” (2007), a reimagining of the story of Penelope from Homer’s “The Odyssey”?
a) Ann-Marie MacDonald
b) Morris Panych
c) Margaret Atwood
d) Daniel MacIvor
Answer: a) Ann-Marie MacDonald

The play “The Drawer Boy” (1999) is set in which historical period?
a) World War I
b) The Great Depression
c) World War II
d) The Vietnam War
Answer: b) The Great Depression

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