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The Fairies are Thirsty

The Fairies are Thirsty
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Denise Boucher
Translated by: Alan Brown
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 63
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0889222002
ISBN-13: 9780889222007

About the Play:

According to the 19th-century historian Michelet, "Les fées" were women who would rather sing than pray. For this crime, they were punished by being imprisoned in containers that would be opened only at the end of time.

In The Fairies Are Thirsty (English version of Les fées ont soif), Denise Bocher takes this image and focuses on it. The play is a daring, passionate and poetic exploration of the role of women through all time.

Three women — a housewife, a whore, and the Virgin Mary — fight to break out of the stereotypes in which they've been imprisoned for centuries. At the end of the play they stand alone, "before themselves," "renewed," and ask the audience to imagine a world in which such stereotypes do not exist.

Cast: 3 women.

What people say:

"A long scream of revolt against the condition in which women are placed in society… A cultural event, a social demonstration." — Le Devoir (Montréal)

"A powerful script and an important play." — Montréal Gazette

About the Playwright:

Born in 1935, Denise Boucher has written many plays dealing with feminist issues including The Fairies are Thirsty. She lives and continues to write in Montréal.