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The Execution

The Execution
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Marie-Claire Blais
Translated by: David Lobdell
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 103
Pub. Date: 1970
ISBN-10: 0889221030
ISBN-13: 780889221031

About the Play:

The Execution (English-language version of L'exécution) is a full-length drama by Marie-Claire Blais, translated by David Lobdell. Set in a boarding school, it tells the story of two schoolboys who plot the murder of one of their classmates and enact the crime.

The Execution is a study of innocence, evil and complicity. Two boys in a private boarding school plot the murder of another student. Lots are drawn and the victim chosen. Goaded on by Kent, Stephane commits the murder. Kent then tries to convince the student body and the school administration that the murder was really committed by two other students, Lancelot and D'Argenteuil. Finally, Stephane confesses to the crime and is sent to jail along with the falsely accused students while parents and school authorities try to get at the truth.

L'exécution (The Execution) was first produced in 1968 by The Théâtre du Rideau Vert in Montreal, Québec. It impressed critics a study of innocence, evil and complicity, themes well-known to readers of the author's fiction.

Cast: 3 women, 17 men.

What people say:

"A brilliant play about the maturation of evil." — CHQM (Vancouver)

About the Playwright:

Marie-Claire Blais is a French Canadian writer, novelist, poet, and playwright who has been an important figure of the French literary scene for more than thirty-five years. Having published her first novel at the age of twenty, she has gone on to publish more than 20 novels in France and Québec – all of which have have met with international acclaim – as well as seven plays and several collections of poetry. She has won several prestigious awards, including the "Prix Médicis" (France), and was decorated with the "Order of Canada" and the Ordre national du Québec. She was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de France and by being a member of the Académie royale de langue et de littérature française de Belgique, she became the first Québec author to be part of a European literary society.