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Titanica: The Great Battle Gown, Edmund C. Asher, London, 1968

Titanica: The Great Battle Gown, Edmund C. Asher, London, 1968
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Sébastien Harrisson
Translated by: Crystal Beliveau
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 82
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0887548253
ISBN-13: 9780887548253
Cast Size: 5 women, 5 men and a silent chorus

About the Play:

Titanica: The Great Battle Gown (English-language version of Titanica, la robe des grands combats) is a full-length drama by Sébastien Harrisson, translated by Crystal Beliveau. A play about art, history, sexuality, how we fight our battles and, ultimately, how we choose to live our lives.

Titanica: The Great Battle Gown is set on a dilapidated dock in London. Awalking sculpture reminisces about a life devoted to art, squatters plan their uprising against the monarchy, and medieval ghosts hatch elaborate revenge scenarios of their own. Meanwhile, at Buckingham Palace, the Queen of England sees her study of botany interrupted by the arrival of steamy letters penned by an anonymous poet. In her plans to rid her country of an "unspeakable evil," will she brush up against the very thing she is trying to exile?

Titanica premiered in French in 2001 at The Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui in Montreal in 2001. The English translation premiered in 2007 at Concordia University.

Cast: 5 women, 5 men and a silent chorus (soldiers and punks)

What people say:

"A playwright with an original voice, who captures the contemporary world with an almost fantastical lyricism." — Le Monde

"With his topical subject matter and keen insights, Sébastien Harrisson could very well become an emblematic figure of his generation. A name to remember." — Le Devoir

About the Playwright:

Sébastien Harrisson graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. He writes for stage, radio and television. He is one of the most unique and innovative voices among young Québec's young playwrights, as revealed by his play Titanica.

Crystal Beliveau is a writer and translator. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire and Liberté.