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En Pieces Detachees

En Pieces Detachees
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: Allan Van Meer
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 108
Pub. Date: 1975
ISBN-10: 0889220921
ISBN-13: 9780889220928
Cast Size: 4 women, 2 men

About the Play:

En Pièces Détachées (the title was originally the same in both French and English, but was later retitled Like Death Warmed Over) is a full-length drama by Michel Tremblay, translated by Allan Van Meer. The life of a lower-class family in East End Montréal. Hélène is a waitress in a snack bar because she can't make it as a cocktail hostess. The frustrations of her life are matched by those of her good-for-nothing husband, neurotic mother and high-strung daughter.

Like Death Warmed Over concerns a young Montréal waitress and her family who are paid a surprise visit by her insane asylum escapee brother. Waitress Hélène who used to work in a bar called the Coconut Inn, but who now works slinging smoked meat in a joint on Papineau Street in East End Montréal. She is married to Henri who sits around all day watching TV cartoons. They share their East End tenement with their daughter Francine and Hélène's mother Robertine. During the course of the play Hélène's insane brother Claude escapes the sanatorium and returns home for a little visit.

En Pièces Détachées premiered in 1969 in French at Théâtre de Quat'Sous in Montréal. It was broadcast over French language CBC-TV in 1971 and 1972, drawing the largest audience in Québec for a televised dramatization of a play. The English translation was first produced in 1973 under the title Like Death Warmed Over at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. It was then produced as Montreal Smoked Meat at the New Theatre in Toronto in 1974; as Broken Pieces at The Arts Club in Vancouver, in 1974; and as En Pièces Détachées at Segal Center in Toronto in 1978.

Cast: 4 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Tremblay courageously insists on the relevance and dilemma of neo-colonial French Canada." — Books in Canada

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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