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Hosanna

Hosanna by Michel Tremblay, Translated by Bill Glassco and John Van Burek Hosanna
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: Bill Glassco & John Van Burek
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 87
Pub. Date: 1991
ISBN-10: 0889222967
ISBN-13: 9780889222960

About the Play:

Hosanna (English version of Hosanna) is a full-length drama by Michel Tremblay. Hosanna is a man dressed as a woman dressed as Elizabeth Taylor dressed as Cleopatra, returning to his apartment after being disgraced by those whose approval he desperately sought.

In Michel Tremblay's classic play about identity in crisis, Claude leaves the conformity of small-town Quebec to realize a new life and a new persona among the drag queens and prostitutes of Montreal's seedy "Main" – the boulevard that marks the division of the city's anglophone and francophone neighbourhoods. Claude's illusions about himself are shattered when, painstakingly remade as his idol Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, he arrives at a costume party themed on "great women of history" and is mocked for his glamorous aspirations. Written during the social and political tumult of Quebec's Quiet Revolution, Michel Tremblay's political allegory about the authenticity of self resonates ever more so today.

Hosanna was first produced in English in 1974 by Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

Cast: 2 men.

What people say:

"What is interesting about this play, apart from the adroitness of its construction, is the quality of its writing, which reveals real wit and insight." — The New York Times

"Written by a real playwright who can write poetic prose, handle literary technique and create character." — New York Post

"Tremblay's text is as sharp and jagged as a saw. It demands powerful, sensitive performances." — The Guardian (UK)

"Breathtakingly beautiful and layered with emotion and resonance." — Toronto Star

"A play about illusions… an exhilarating, funny, and very moving work." — The Hamilton Spectator

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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