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Diane D'Aquila and William Webster, photo by Michel Lambeth

CLEAR LIGHT
Written by Michael Hollingsworth
Directed by Martin Kinch

Clear Light premiered at Toronto Free Theatre (now The Canadian Stage Company’s Berkeley Street space) October, 1973. The Morality Squad forced the closure of the play, as they deemed it an "immoral" performance.

An LSD trip, 2 couples, 1 ex-husband and a game of cards. Sounds simple enough.  Clear Light was anything but.  The evening degenerates into a fractured and horrifying series of sexual encounters (of varying stripes) and violent actions, culminating in the roasting and eating of a baby. Or is it a turkey? Who knows?

Clear Light was shut down by the Toronto Morality Squad after twelve performances. The squad, technically a division of the Toronto Police Special Investigations Service, was responsible for policing the city’s burlesque shows and art openings to prevent nudity, or other content they deemed immoral.  Clear Light, with its on-stage nudity and hinted-at cannibalism, was targeted by the Squad.

Clear Light was published by Coach House Press in 1973.

 

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