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The Crusader

The Crusader

An Adventure in Mixing Styles.

The complex strangeness of this short, rhythmic play by Canadian playwright Beverly Simons has baffled many.  Her 1975 play employed the stylized rituals of the Japanese Noh theatre.

The Crusader is about apathy and aggression, the causes of way.  The central image is that of the self-righteous Western crusader; an image which is seen to be equally applicable to the East.  Borrowings from sources as disparate as Kathakali and contemporary pop culture make The Crusader a general expression of aggressive humankind in all its humours.

The Crusader was often presented as a double bill with The Only Jealousy of Emer.  This double feature cost only $4 during the 1983 Edmonton Fringe Festival.  

1983 (with The Only Jealousy Of Emer) Edmonton Fringe Festival, Edmonton, Canada
1983 (with The Only Jealousy Of Emer) Canmore Scout Hall, Canmore, Canada
1983 (with The Only Jealousy Of Emer) Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
1982 Off Centre Centre, Calgary, Canada
Written by Beverley Simons