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Strawberries in January

Strawberries in January
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Author: Evelyne de la Chenelière
Translated by: Morwyn Brebner
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 70
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0887547400
ISBN-13: 9780887547409
Cast Size: 2 women, 2 men

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Strawberries in January (English-language version of Des fraises en janvier) is a full-length comedy by Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn Brebner. A delightful and touching romantic comedy, Strawberries in January is a witty play that takes the classic ingredients of romantic comedy: love, humour, coincidence, and fantasy and serves them up with a surprisingly tender twist when four young dreamers search of true love, which can be as challenging as finding fresh strawberries in the middle of winter.

Strawberries in January tells the story of four quirky people who attempt to navigate the confusing terrain of romance. Do you ever wish love could be more like the movies? Francois does. A bartender and aspiring screenwriter, he loves Sophie. Sophie, who has many adorable habits like pulling on the push door and looking for love in all the wrong places, is still looking for Mr. Right. Robert, a literature professor and a regular customer at the cafe, could be Mr. Right, but he has both a secret he knows and one he doesn't. Lea is searching for her childhood friend Sophie, unaware that someone she once shared a night of passion with is also in town. Love, coincidence, and seductive comedy make for an irresistible combination in this charming love story for the romantically challenged.

Des fraises en janvier premiered in 1999 at Montreal's Theatre d'Aujourd'hui, played to sold-out houses, and won the Québec Academy of Theatre's award for Best Original Play of 2000. Strawberries in January in translation by Morwyn Brebner had its English premiere in 2003 at Centaur Theatre in Montreal and continues to achieve popular and critical success. It has played across Canada, in England, at the Edinburgh Festival, and has been performed in college theatre productions as a showcase of student talent.

Cast: 2 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Strawberries in January is what it wants to be, and what we need: a tonic for our frosty souls in these dragging days of winter." — Montreal Mirror

"Watching Strawberries in January is like listening to music. The orchestration is rich, and the lines dance by with ease, precision and clarity – and above all, wit." — Calgary Herald

About the Playwright:

Evelyne de la Chenelière is a playwright and actor from Québec who studied drama at the École Michel-Granvale in Paris. Her plays include Strawberries in January, which won an award for Best Original Text from the Académie québécoise du theater. She won the Governor General's Literary Award in 2006 for her play Désordre Public.

Morwyn Brebner is a Canadian screenwriter and award-winning playwright. Born in Cardiff, Wales, she grew up on Ottawa, and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's playwriting program. She is the creator and showrunner of CBC's hit series Coroner, and co-created Saving Hope (CTV/ION), on which she was an executive producer and showrunner for the first three seasons. She also co-created the ABC and Global Television drama series Rookie Blue.

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