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Playwrights Canada Press are elated to announce that William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal is the WINNER of the 2023 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Congratulations Cliff Cardinal for being recognized for this important work of theatre! We also commend the finalists for their incredible contributions to dramatic literature and an enormous thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for recognizing playwrights with this award.

“In a blistering indictment of the country we call Canada, Cliff Cardinal challenges us to ask ourselves what role we play and are prepared to play on the path forward. It spares no one, not even the performer himself. It’s a rant, a fool, a stand-up routine and an angry personal essay full of humour, insights and surprises.”
—Peer assessment committee: Aaron Bushkowsky, Tai Amy Grauman and Julie Tamiko Manning

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