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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Poetic novel by Michael Ondaatje adapted to theatre collectively and by the author over 20 times, and performed across the country notably at the Stratford Festival, Theatre 3, Belfry Theatre and Great Canadian Theatre Company (September, 1998, directed by Richard Rose). The book was a winner of the Governor Generalís Award though Prime Minister Diefenbaker, at the time, said it was unworthy of the prize.

The work is studded with magnificent monologues and duos, reflections of the Far West and the machismo needed to survive it. Ondaatje's language has a broad palette which allows directors to be equally broad in their scenic explorations.

Mr. Ondaatje, in a 1999 interview with Hillel Italie (Associated Press) said of the work's creation, "I grew up in Sri Lanka loving westerns [sic] and wanting to be a cowboy...so when I wrote Billy the Kid, it was my way of writing a Western."

Last updated 2020-07-17