George F. Walker

  • Chris Johnson


I speak now from the heart of experience. I use words like destiny and fate and despair. I talk of the great abyss which beckons us all. I speak of the great under-class of our society, the doomed, the forgotten, the outcasts. I describe the fine line which separates the lands of function and disfunction. I put it in terms which cover the spectrum. The political. The philosophical. The poetic. Occasionally I use the vernacular. I talk of the great fuck-up. Of getting shafted, getting screwed up the ass. Without even a kiss. I describe the human condition. I tell you Junior’s story. Your story. And if I may be so bold, our story ... Because aren’t we all in this together. Aren’t we all friends here. Can’t you feel the bond. Isn’t this the absolute truth!1

The speaker is William, the philosophical bum, in scene 3 of Criminals in Love, meeting the heroine, Gail, for the first time. Here the character could almost be speaking for his creator, George F. Walker. Like William, Walker is both compelling and enigmatic. Twenty years and eighteen published plays after Walker’s first production, after numerous awards, including two Governor-General’s Awards for Drama, after the enormous commercial success of Nothing Sacred and of Love and Anger, and after achieving general acclaim as one of Canada’s leading playwrights, George F. Walker still baffles many audience-members and critics.


Liberal Idealism Artistic Director Power Play Numerous Award General Acclaim 
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