Maggie and Pierre (1980) By Linda Griffith Photo: Linda Griffith and Eric Peterson

In the1980’s many now seminal Canadian works were produced at Theatre Passe Muraille. Linda Griffith’s Maggie and Pierre, a play about the personal and public lives of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Maggie Sinclair, premiered in 1980, as did Judith Thompson’s first play The Crackwalker.  In 1982 Clark Rogers became artistic director, a gifted dramaturge who shifted the focus of the company towards playwright driven work. Brian Richmond was artistic director from 1988-1990. Notable productions during this period include Tomson Highway’s Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, a play about conflict between men and women, native spirituality and Christianity, produced in collaboration with Native Earth Performing Arts in 1989. Under artistic producer Susan Serran Theatre Passe Muraille supported and produced a new generation of Canadian playwrights including: Daniel Brooks, Daniel MacIvor, John Mighton, Jim Millan, Andrew Moodie, Alisa Palmer, James O’Reilly, Nadia Ross, Banuta Rubess and Mary Vingoe.