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Damnee Manon, Sacree Sandra (Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary)

Damnee Manon, Sacree Sandra (Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary)
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: John Van Burek
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 43
Pub. Date: 1981
ISBN-10: 0889221847
ISBN-13: 9780889221840

About the Play:

Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra (the title was originally the same in both French and English, but was later retitled Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary) is a full-length drama by Michel Tremblay, translated by John Van Burek. Two people, each an outcast from so-called normal society, deliver alternating and occasionally concurrent monologues. Manon is a repressed spinster and a religious fanatic; he is a transvestite who calls himself Sandra and only lives for sex. Rather than just emphasize their differences, Michel Tremblay is equally intent on showing their similarities.

Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra is a poetic, provocative exploration of the sacred and the profane – their similarities and differences, how they can merge and become one another. The aggressively pious Manon (from Forever Yours, Marie-Lou) and the outrageously worldly Sandra (from Hosanna) are characters who played important but secondary roles in some of the earlier plays in the author's eleven-play cycle. Now, united in their fascination with the Virgin Mary but having no further reason to exist, the author has them speak to the audience in parallel monologues in which their sacred and profane natures meet and cross over, as he liberates them from the confines of the worlds in which they lived. Later retitled Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary, this masterpiece of elegant simplicity and daring, explosive emotions was written by Michel Tremblay as the eleventh and final instalment in his Belles-Soeurs cycle for the stage. At the play's climax Sandra and Manon realize that they have been "invented" by the author.

Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra premiered in 1979 in English translation by John Van Burek at The Arts Club in Vancouver. Its US premiere was in 1983 at La Mama E.T.C. off-Broadway in New York City.

Cast: 1 woman, 1 man

What people say:

"If one can judge from the superb quality and blazing intensity of the emotional outpourings in Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra…, then Michel Tremblay ought to perhaps reconsider his decision [to end this eleven-play cycle]. The playwright's purpose is to show there are two persons existing within a body. Good and evil, love and hate, religious and sexual ecstasies… so close as to be one and the same." — The Montréal Star

"A hauntingly powerful evening of theatre." — Vancouver Express

About the Playwright:

Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure of Québec's theatre scene since the end of the 1960s. One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, he has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

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