International Performing Arts Festival, SFU Woodward's & Théâtre la
The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi
By Théâtre PÀP (Montreal, Canada)
First performed in 1995, on the eve of the Quebec referendum, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi by award- winning Larry Tremblay caused a sensation and became a piece of essential playwriting that defined a wave of French-Canadian work. In the deft hands of director Claude Poissant the work resonates with new relevance in a bold re-imagining that turns the play's monologue structure on its head.
Gaston Talbot, the play's anti-hero, leads the audience through an abyss of childhood memories and trauma, marked by a violent event that robs him of the ability to speak. When gaston finally recovers his voice he can only speak English, filtered through his francophone consciousness. And in this way, he weaves a fantastical and disturbing tale that challenges our perception of truth. In this acclaimed production, five actors embody the play's protagonist, delivering a linguistic tour de force like a chorus of Gaston's fractured mind.
"A powerful piece of dramatic writing... " - Montreal Gazette
"A work mythologized since its inception almost 20 years ago... The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi continues to amaze." - Le Devoir
Post-Performance Talk: January 23
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