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Impromptu on Nuns' Island

Impromptu on Nuns' Island
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 95
Pub. Date: 2002
ISBN-10: 0889224706
ISBN-13: 9780889224704
Cast Size: 3 women, 1 man
About the Play:

Impromptu on Nuns' Island (English version of L'état des lieux) is a full-length drama by Michel Tremblay. Grounded in the myth of the eternal return, the universal and chthonic story of the triple goddess and her androgynous male consort, this impromptu also interrogates the evolution of the role of the artist in Quebec's increasingly distinct culture and society. Like all of the author's plays, this is a multi-layered tour-de-force about art, life and politics from a matchless writer of tragicomic women.

An opera diva, Patricia, (almost fifty) meets her Waterloo singing Salomé at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. In an impromptu get-together in her Nuns' Island penthouse, on the afternoon of her return from Europe, her mother, a popular Montréal stage and television actress (pushing seventy), and her idealistic committed-to-new-work daughter (pushing 30) goad her: What is the sense of an international career if your art doesn't contribute to change (or at least to wide-spread pleasure and inspiration) in the society you live in? An international opera star lives in hotel rooms around the world, so what is the meaning (and the impact) of her art, and on what, or who's society? Is Patricia right in thinking that in this age of globalization an artist who chooses to stay home is doomed to mediocrity? These questions, this tri-generational drama, are framed by the diva's gay pianist who packs his bags and comes running to accompany her, whenever and wherever she calls.

Impromptu on Nuns' Island premiered in 2002 at the venerable Centaur Theatre, the oldest English-language theatre in Montréal.

Cast: 3 women, 1 man

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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