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Scorched

Scorched
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 135
Pub. Date: 2011
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0887549268
ISBN-13: 9780887549267
Cast Size: 5 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Scorched (English-language version of Incendies) is a play by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau. Carried aloft by poetic language and evocative imagery, Scorched unfolds in a dreamlike atmosphere connecting the origins of one family in startling and unforgettable ways. A brother and sister raised in Quebec must return to their mother's war-torn country to carry out her last wishes – finding the father and brother they never knew they had.

Scorched is a powerful, beautifully penned story that paves a path to a mother's unspeakable pain. Simon and his twin sister Janine have been summoned to the notary's office to hear the last will and testament of their mother, Nawal. Each is handed an envelope to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed. And so the mystery begins. These tasks lead them on a suspenseful journey to the heart of their mother's war-torn Middle Eastern homeland. In this land, where civil war, massacre and revenge constitute a way of life, the twins uncover shocking secrets about their mother's concealed history as a political activist and prisoner of war and also about themselves and their origins. Scorched is the second play in a tetralogy (series of four plays) exploring origins, that includes Tideline and Forests.

Incendies premiered in France in 2003, at l'Hexagone Scène Nationale de Meylan before receiving its North American premiere in Quebec that same year, at Théâtre de Quat'Sous in Montreal. Scorched, the English-language adaptation of Incendies, received its world premiere in 2007 in a co-production by Canada's National Arts Centre English Theatre in Ottawa and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Incendies, the film version of the play was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cast: 5 women and 4 men playing 20 characters.

What people say:

"This is a Canadian classic-in-waiting that stares into humanity's darkest corners and doesn't flinch or succumb to despair… This haunting work may be the best piece of theatre this country has produced this millennium." — The Globe and Mail

"Scorched is a gift that will touch your heart." — Toronto Sun

"Intelligently stimulating, politically relevant." — Stage and Page

About the Author:

Wajdi Mouawad is a Quebec-based Lebanese-Canadian playwright. In the introduction of his internationally popular play Scorched, he is described as "Lebanese in his childhood, French in his way of thinking and Québécois in his theatre. That's what happens when you spend your childhood in Beirut, your adolescence in Paris and then try to become an adult in Montréal." Since graduating from the French section of the National Theatre School of Canada in 1991 he has written, adapted, translated and directed stage plays for audiences of all ages. His foremost sources of inspiration are childhood, war and exile.

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