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Carole Frechette: Two Plays

Carole Frechette: Two Plays
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Carole Frechette
Translated by: John Murrell
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0887545017
ISBN-13: 9780887545016

About the Book:

John and Beatrice (English version of Jean et Béatrice) is a play by Carole Fréchette about the difficulty of connection and the meaning of love.

Beatrice has placed a personal ad: "Well-to-do young woman is seeking a man who will interest, move and seduce her." High above the city, she sits on the 33rd floor of an office tower waiting for the right man to respond to her ad. When John appears, the games begin. But if he wins, what then?

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man.

What people say:

"John and Beatrice is, quite simply, exquisite: it should be savoured." — Le Soir , Brussels

In Helen's Necklace (English version of Le collier d'Hélène), Helen's world is irrevocably changed by her search for a trinket.

Helen has lost her pearl necklace in Beirut. The necklace is irreplaceable. The city is a maze of danger and emotion, especially for Helen who just came to Beirut to attend a conference. Time and reality are slipping through her fingers. In language as shimmering as the strand of pearls itself — its value isn't what we initially think — Carole Fréchette brings Helen into contact with a series of people, from a friendly taxi driver to a distraught mother and an angry, impassioned man. These characters all played by one man.

Le collier d'Hélène (Helen's Necklace) earned Carole Fréchette the Sony Labou Tansi Award in France.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man playing 5 characters (1 woman and 4 men)

What people say:

"If you're looking for a piece of theatre that's simple yet profound, then look no further than ... Helen's Necklace." — Toronto Star

"A pearl of a play … riveting." — NOW Magazine, Toronto

About the Author:

Carole Fréchette was born in Montreal and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Still based in Montreal, she has been an important figure in Québec's theatre for over 25 years. Translated into 15 languages, her work has been staged all over the world, from Montreal to Reykjavik, Paris and Tokyo. She won the 1995 Governor General's Award for her play Les Quatre morts de Marie (The Four Lives of Marie) and the 1998 Chalmers Award for the same play translated into English.

John Murrell was born in 1945 in Texas, but has lived for many years in Calgary, where he completed his education. His play Waiting for the Parade has become a classic repertoire piece in theatres in the English-speaking world.. John has been playwright-in-residence with Alberta Theatre Projects from 1975 to 1976, Associate Director with The Stratford Festival from 1977-1978, and the head of the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts Playwrights Colony in 1986. In 1988 he was appointed as the head of The Canada Council's Theatre Section. For his enormous contributions to the arts in his adopted province and country, Murrell received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2002 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.