Bryden MacDonald

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Bryden MacDonald (born October 30, 1960 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia)[1] is a Canadian playwright.

His best known plays include Whale Riding Weather, which was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English drama at the 1994 Governor General's Awards, and With Bated Breath, which was a shortlisted nominee in the Drama category at the 2011 Lambda Literary Awards.[2] His other plays include The Weekend Healer (1994), Divinity Bash / nine lives (1998), The Extasy of Bedridden Riding Hood (2004), and Odd Ducks (2015; GG finalist),[3][3][4] as well as musical tributes to Leonard Cohen (Sincerely, A Friend, 1991), Carole Pope and Rough Trade (Shaking the Foundations, 1999) and Joni Mitchell (When All the Slaves Are Free, 2003).[1]

MacDonald is also a theatre director, most noted for his productions of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw and Judith Thompson's Perfect Pie.[3] He has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, and served as playwright in residence at the Stratford Festival.[1]

He is openly gay.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Bryden MacDonald Archived October 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ 23rd Lambda Literary Awards. Lambda Literary Foundation.
  3. ^ a b c d Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn, The Columbia encyclopedia of modern drama: M-Z, Volume 2 (p. 843). Columbia University Press, 2007. ISBN 9780231144247.
  4. ^ "MacDonald tries out a lighter touch". The Chronicle-Herald, September 20, 2012.