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Author: Deborah Porter
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 76
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 1551737086
ISBN-13: 9781551737089
Cast Size: 5 female

Flowers is a full-length drama by Deborah Porter. Can five ever be one? In 1934, a woman in northern Ontario gives birth to identical quintuplets and so begins the plaintive struggle for uniqueness in a world of fives. Plucked from pages of Canadian history, Flowers is a play inspired by the lives of the Dionne quintuplets.

Flowers investigates the challenge of 'becoming', as five adult sisters – quintuplets – strive to find a singular identity in the aftermath of their childhood and celebrity. A northern Ontario woman gives birth to identical quintuplets in 1934, and the resulting celebrity changes the whole Paquette family's lifes. Many years later, the identical sisters return home to visit their dying mother. Five times the fun, five times the tragedy – in a flood of memory and image, their lives are re-lived as the women, through Sylvie, try to make sense of their fiveness. The tyranny of conformity is seldom more vivid than in Flowers, a fictionalized tale of the Dionne quintuplets.

Flowers premiered in 1993 at The Canadian Stage Company's Berkley Street Theatre in Toronto. Since then the play has been successfully staged at several professional theatres across Canada and has been performed in college theatre productions as a showcase of student talent.

Cast: 5 female (doubling)

What people say:

"A beautifully crafted play ... a remarkable piece of Canadian theatre." — London Scene

"...really the best new play I've seen in a long time... It's true theatre." — CBC Radio

About the Playwright:

Deborah Porter Taylor is a Canadian playwright, director, and dramaturg whose plays have been produced throughout Canada. She is a Toronto expatriate currently living on the West Coast.