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Carol Bolt

Carol Bolt

Carol Bolt (August 25, 1941 November 28, 2000)[1] was a Canadian playwright. She was a founding member and, for several years, president of the Playwrights Union of Canada.

Carol Bolt
Born(1941-08-25)August 25, 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba
DiedNovember 28, 2000(2000-11-28) (aged 59)
Toronto, Ontario
Notable worksOne Night Stand, Buffalo Jump


Bolt's play Buffalo Jump, an examination of Canada during the depression era of the 1930s, was performed at Theatre Passe Muraille in 1972.[2]

Bolt's best known play, the thriller One Night Stand, was first performed in 1977,[3] and was turned into a made-for-television film by Allan King in 1978; the film won several awards,[4] and received mixed reviews. [5][6][7] Her play Red Emma, told the story of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Her last play was Famous, produced on stage in 1997, based on the real-life story of criminals Paul Bernardo and Karla Holmolka.[8]

For television, Bolt's writing credits include Tales of the Klondike, two episodes of the animated children's series The Raccoons, and a single episode of Fraggle Rock.

Bolt died of complications due to liver cancer on November 28, 2000, in Toronto, Ontario.[9] Following her death, the Canadian Authors Association renamed its CAA Award for Drama to the Carol Bolt Award in her memory; the award is now administered by the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


  • Buffalo Jump (1972)
  • My Best Friend Is Twelve Feet High (1972)
  • Cyclone Jack (1972)
  • Gabe (1973)
  • Pauline (1973)
  • Red Emma, Queen of the Anarchists (1974)
  • Shelter (1975)
  • Maurice (1975)
  • Finding Bumble (1975)
  • One Night Stand (1977)
  • Desperados (1977)
  • Escape Entertainment (1981)
  • Love or Money (1981)
  • Famous (1997)
  • Drama in the Classroom (1986)


There is a Carol Bolt fond at Library and Archives Canada.[10] The archival reference number is R4602, former archival reference number MG31-D89.[11] The fond covers the date range 1961 to 2000. It consists of 12.82 meters of textual records, 100 photographs and other media.


  1. "Carol Bolt". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. Cynthia Zimmerman (September 1994). Playwriting Women: Female Voices in English Canada. Dundurn. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-88924-258-6.
  3. "A "One Night Stand" to forget". by Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard, February 25, 2016
  4. "Allan King's documentaries spoke to the human condition". The Globe and Mail, Sandra Martin, June 15, 2009
  5. "FILM: 'ONE NIGHT STAND,' ROMANCE-CUM-THRILLER". New York Times, Apr 29, 1982. Janet Maslin
  6. André Loiselle (16 October 2003). Stage-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and QuŽbŽcois Drama. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7735-7146-4.
  7. "Thriller that fails to thrill not totally beyond redemption". The Ottawa Journal, Ottawa, Canada. February 21, 1980, Page 32
  8. "VIOLENT WOMEN: THE BERNARDO/HOMOLKA CASE IN FAMOUS BY CAROL BOLT AND PAUL'S CASE BY LYNN CROSBIE". Shelley Scott. Theatre Research in Canada, Volume 22 Number 1 / Spring 2001
  9. "Playwright befriended writers and students". The Eye Opener, January 17, 2001. By Kevin Ritchie
  10. "Carol Bolt finding aid at Library and Archives Canada" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2010-03-31. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  11. "Carol Bolt fond description at Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2020-07-13. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
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