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Playing Bare

Playing Bare
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Dominic Champagne
Translated by: Shelley Tepperman
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 112
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 0889223351
ISBN-13: 9780889223356

About the Play:

Witty, prickly and fresh, Playing Bare (English-language version of La répétition) by Dominic Champagne is a mordant satire on the relationship between theatre and life.

An accomplished actress is on the verge of a nervous break down as she directs Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. In her deranged effort to expose the emptiness of playing fictional characters, she casts the lead roles with a pair of non-actors whose lives mirror those of the characters they play. Her search for the ultimate theatrical experience — life becoming art — takes the action in hilarious and insightful directions.

This is Dominic Champagne's first play in translation. La Répétition, in its original French, was awarded the Quebec Theatre Critic's prize for the best play of the 1990 season, and was short-listed for the Governor General's Award for French drama. La Répétition was filmed by Radio Canada and for Les Beaux Dimanches.

Cast: 2 women, 4 men.

What people say:

"This is a damn good play about theatre-life and it is occasionally side-splittingly funny." — Montréal Mirror

"…it celebrates theatre by paying tribute to Godot, one of its most brilliant gems."— Vancouver Sun

About the Playwright:

Born in Sorel, Quebec in 1963, Dominic Champagne is one of the leading Québécois playwrights of his generation. He has written over 10 plays including La Cité Interdite, Import-Export and Le Soldat Inconnu. He also wrote L'Odyssée, adapted from Homer's work, with Alexis Martin. His most recent projects include Hugo ou la Vengeance de Calypso, co-written with two writers from the French Caribbean, and Cabaret Neiges Noires, written in collaboration with Jean-François Caron, Jean-Frédéric Messier and Pascale Rafie.

Also an accomplished director, he is Artistic Director of Théâtre Il Va Sans Dire which he co-founded in 1981. He contributed to the television series Les Grands Procé, and participated to the creation of a variety shows like Les Jeux de la Francophonie, La Soirée des Masques, and Le Spectacle de la Fête Nationale. He was also co-creator and Artistic Director of Le plaisir croît avec l'usage. In addition, he staged magnificent shows for Le Cirque du Soleil such as Varekai, Zumanity, and Love.