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Polygraph

Polygraph
Your Price: $20.95 CDN
Author: Robert Lepage
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 44
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0413707202
ISBN-13: 9780413707208

About the Play:

Winner 1989 Time Out Magazine Award for Best Production, London

Winner 1991 Chalmers Award for Best Canadian Play, Toronto

Polygraph (English version of Le Polygraphe) is a full-length drama by Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard, translated by Gyllian Raby. Truth is tested amidst an unsolved murder, a love triangle, and the filming of a murder story.

Summer, Quebec City. Following the brutal murder of a young woman, police suspicion rests on one of her close friends, Francois, a student of political science. Meanwhile, a coroner conducts the gruelling autopsy. Subject to a polygraph test from which he never learns the results, Francois is haunted by the memory of these traumatic events, and has come to doubt his own innocence. Six years later, his story intersects with Lucie, a fledgling young actress, and David, a criminal psychologist. The wall between fiction and truth is torn down during the making of a film about the incident, triggering off a further round of unanswered questions and excavating the case – and its implications for those involved – anew. Based on an uncanny series of interwoven true stories, Polygraph is a play noir: part metaphysical thriller, part murder mystery and part love story, played out in a riveting series of overlapping and shifting perspectives.

Le Polygraphe was first produced in French in 1987 by Théâtre Repère at Implantheatre in Quebec City. Polygraph, an English language translation by Gyllian Raby, was first produced in 1989 at Almeida Theatre in London, England and then presented in 1990 as part of Harbourfront Festival's QuayWorks in Toronto.

Cast: 1 woman, 2 men

What people say:

"A stream of visually arresting and magical stage pictures that make most conventional theatrical imagery look half dead." — Independent

About the Playwright:

Robert Lepage, CC OQ is a French Canadian playwright, actor, film director, and stage director. He studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique de Quebec and with Alain Knapp in Paris and subsequently worked with Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation and Théâtre Repère. Former Artistic Director of the French Theatre at the National Arts Centre, he has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada and is one of Canada's most honoured theatre artists. He was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1990 and the Governor General's Award for Performing Arts in 1994.

Marie Brassard is a French Canadian actress, author and director, trained at the Conservatoire d'art Dramatique de Quebec. For several years, with Robert Lepage and other artists she elaborated concepts, co authored and performed in several films, shorts and theatre plays. She has since worked extensively in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and has toured Europe and Asia.