Carol Bolt

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Carol Bolt
Born (1941-08-25)August 25, 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died November 28, 2000(2000-11-28) (aged 59)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation playwright
Nationality Canadian
Period 1970s-1990s
Notable works One Night Stand, Buffalo Jump

Carol Bolt (August 25, 1941 – November 28, 2000) was a Canadian playwright. She was a founding member and, for several years, president of the Playwrights Union of Canada.[1]

Bolt's best known play is the thriller One Night Stand, which was turned into a film in 1978. Her other plays include examinations of Canadian-specific motifs and political issues, such as Buffalo Jump (examining Canada during the depression era of the 1930s) and Red Emma (about radical anarchist Emma Goldman). Her last play was Famous, produced on stage in 1997.[2]

For television, Bolt's writing credits include Tales of the Klondike, two episodes of the animated children's series The Raccoons, and a single episode of Fraggle Rock.[3]

Bolt died of complications due to liver cancer on November 28, 2000, in Toronto, Ontario.[1] Following her death, the Canadian Authors Association renamed its CAA Award for Drama to the Carol Bolt Award in her memory; the award is now administered by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


  • Buffalo Jump (1972)
  • My Best Friend Is Twelve Feet High (1972)
  • Cyclone Jack (1972)
  • Gabe (1973)
  • Pauline (1973)
  • Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists (1974)
  • Shelter (1975)
  • Maurice (1975)
  • Finding Bumble (1975)
  • One Night Stand (1977)
  • "Desperados" (1977)
  • Escape Entertainment (1981)
  • Love or Money (1981)
  • Famous (1997)
  • Drama in the Classroom (1986)
  • The Book of Answers (1999)


  1. ^ a b "Theatre Community Saddened at the Loss of Playwright, Carol Bolt" (Press release). Playwrights Union of Canada. November 28, 2000. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  2. ^ Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia Biography
  3. ^ Carol Bolt at the Internet Movie Database