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Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama

Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Marc Bouchard
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 69
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0887545459
ISBN-13: 9780887545450
Cast Size: 12 men

About the Play:

Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama (English-language version of Les feluettes ou La répétition d'un drame romantique) is a full-length drama by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau. This play about a tragic gay love triangle in the early 1900s continues to be popular to this day, with translations in more than a dozen languages, and a critically acclaimed film.

Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama is a play within a play. The central plot concerns two young boys in a Catholic college, in 1912, who fall in love while working on a play about St. Sebastian. Their passion ends in tragedy with one boy sent to prison, the other dead. Years later, as the aged inmate is about to be released, he is visited by the local monsignor, who as a boy was party to the tragic events. The inmate re-stages the entire story as a play, forcing the monsignor to admit his role in the tragedy.

Les feluettes ou La répétition d'un drame romantique premiered in 1987 in Montreal. Lilies or The Revival of a Romantic Drama in English-language translation by Linda Gaboriau premiered in 1991 at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille and won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers Award for Best Play. It has since been staged across Canada and internationally and adapted into a multiple-Genie-award winning film and an opera.

Cast: 12 men (can be played by 9 men with doubling)

What people say:

"This play is definitely a masterpiece of Québec theatre in the 1980s." — Le Devoir

"The triumphant return of Lilies sends its playwright to the pinnacle of Québec theatre." — Montreal Mirror

"...A wonderful theatrical fantasy, in which the audience's imagination is free to soar for two uninterrupted hours." — Vancouver Sun

"Lilies... is like a torrential rain at the end of a long dry season." — Vancouver Courier

About the Playwright:

Michel Marc Bouchard is one of Québec's most prominent playwrights. Three of his plays have also been adapted for cinema. He has received numerous grants and awards including "Le Prix du Journal de Montréal", "Le Prix des critiques de l'Outaouais", the Dora Mavor Moore Award, the Chalmers Award for Outstanding New Play, and nine Jessie Richardson Awards.

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