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In the Eyes of Stone Dogs

In the Eyes of Stone Dogs
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Daniel Danis
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 94
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0889225192
ISBN-13: 9780889225190

About the Play:

Winner of the Governor General's Award for French Drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), 2002.

Daniel Danis's play In the Eyes of Stone Dogs (English version of Le langue-à-langue des chiens de roche) is an homage to Aeschylus, the "father of tragedy," is set on an imaginary island in the St. Lawrence River.

The eccentric islanders are about to join in the outdoor "Rages" staged by the trickster Coyote-wild Bacchanalia where the participants, under the influence of his potions, abandon themselves to the elemental forces of life and death. Under the ever-present eyes of a chorus of dogs, the play opens with Djoukie. Determined to escape this "real junk pile for a bunch of mental cases," who wants only to discover the mystery of her paternity before she escapes.

Cast: 4 women, 5 men.

What people say:

"A skillful blend of lyricism and cruelty, of the tragic and the poetic, of 'terroir' and modernity." Voir (Montréal)

"In the Eyes of Stone Dogs is a haunting play in which the line between myth and everyday reality is rendered powerfully indistinct, in which each generation, each moment, holds within it the opportunity to redefine what it means to be human." — Canadian Literature

"Strange, haunting and unforgettable." — Stage Directions

About the Playwright:

Daniel Danis is a writer and a sculptor who wrote his first play, entitled Celle-là (That Woman), in 1993. It earned him the Governor General's Award. For Cendres de cailloux (Stone and Ashes), his second play, he received the "Radio-France International award", as well as several others. His third play, Le chant du Dire-Dire (Song of the Say-Sayer), was created at l'Espace GO in 1998 and at the Théâtre de la Colline, in Paris, in 1999. His play Le langue-à-langue des chiens de roche (In the Eyes of Stone Dogs) has won him the 2002 Governor General's Award. He also wrote Le pont de pierres et la peau d'images for young audiences.

Besides being staged in Québec, his plays have been produced in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and in Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and France.

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