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The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Jovette Marchessault
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 104
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0889223149
ISBN-13: 9780889223141

About the Play:

Winner of the 1990 Governor General's Award for drama (Canadian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize).

The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr (English version of Le voyage magnifique d'Emily Carr) is a full-length drama by Jovette Marchessault, translated by Linda Gaboriau. This play takes a look at the life of a great Canadian icon: famed painter Emily Carr.

West Coast painter Emily Carr lived in a magical place that she had christened "The House of All Sorts." In this House which is open to all that is vital on Earth, Emily Carr, with all her greatness and her imperfections, receives visitors from her planet: Lizzie, her sister, is greeted with war whoops and rebuffs, for Lizzie is the adversary, as is all Victorian society; Sophie, her Amerindian friend, who brings messages, reminders and lessons from life; Lawren Harris, her young painter friend from the Group of Seven, who wants to free painting from dogma and revolutionize art in Canada; the Soul Tuner, who hears her cry and vibrates to her thoughts of adoration and compassion ... and D'Sonoqua, the Goddess-Mother on her phosphorescent pedestal, who beckons to Emily from the old world of legends.

Cast: 3 women, 1 man.

What people say:

"A worthy trip home for one of Canada's greatest painters." — Globe & Mail

"Marchessault's images are as powerful and surreal as Carr's." — Theatrum Magazine

About the Playwright:

Jovette Marchessault (1938 – 2012) was a Canadian novelist, a playwright and a sculptor from Montréal, Québec. Self-taught, her poignant work is marked by the harsh realities of her working-class adolescence. As a visual artist, she had over thirty solo exhibitions of her work in Québec, Toronto, New York, and Brussels. Her novels have won the Prix France-Québec, the Grand Prix Littéraire Journal de Montréal, and the Grand Prix Littéraire de la ville de Sherbrooke, and the Governor General's Award. She is also the author of a dozen plays, some of which have also been published and produced in English.

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