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The Driving Force

The Driving Force
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Michel Tremblay
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0889225303
ISBN-13: 9780889225305

About the Play:

The Driving Force (English version of L'impératif présent) is a play by Michel Tremblay.

In Act 1, Claude, 55, visits his father Alex, 77, in an Alzheimer's ward, intimately tending to his bodily functions and needs while hopelessly trying to reach his silent, vacant father with a series of monologues — to settle old scores and misunderstandings between them.

In an astonishing and eerie reversal of roles, in Act 2 it is Alex who visits his son Claude in the same Alzheimer's ward, and it is Alex's turn to rant and rail at what he perceives to be his mute son's contempt for his own working class life.

With a cruel and disconsolate irony, we come to see that his father's lifelong attempt to mock and censure Claude's work as consisting of nothing but mediocre, misrepresentative lies, has been the very driving force behind Claude's compulsion to continue to reveal the truth of human relationships as he so desperately wants his father to understand it.

About the Playwright:

Michel Tremblay has been a dominant figure of Québec's theatre scene since the end of the 1960s. One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, he has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

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