Playwright Catherine Banks has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her spellbinding play IT IS SOLVED BY WALKING (9781770910447) . The award is one of the largest given annually to any particular work of art in Nova Scotia. The winner, who will receive a $22,000 grand prize, will be announced at the Creative Nova Scotia Gala on November 7th, 2015. 

From the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks website:


It is Solved by Walking

Creator: Catherine Banks (playwright)

Nominator: Reina Green.

In this play, published in 2012 by Playwrights Canada Press, middle-aged Margaret reflects on her sexual desire and the suppression of her creativity through the metaphor of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” The play turns the usual understanding of “poetic muse” on its head as muse Wallace Stevens, with his bullying, confrontational ways, both inspires Margaret and paralyzes her artistic drive—even as he forces her to recognize emotions she had previously suppressed. Readings of the play have been held as far away as Catalonia, where the text was translated into Catalan. It was staged in Halifax by White Rooster Theatre and HomeFirst Productions in 2014.

Jury Comments: A fascinating, affecting exploration of the relationship between sexuality and creativity, elegantly constructed.

Creator Catherine Banks lives in Nova Scotia.


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