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War Cantata / Child Object: Two Plays

War Cantata / Child Object: Two Plays
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Larry Tremblay
Translated by: Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau
Foreword by: Pauline Bouchet
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 144
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 0889229066
ISBN-13: 9780889229068
About the Plays:

War Cantata translated by Keith Turnbull

How far will humanity go in its quest for power? Why do we desire to eliminate each other through war? War Cantata looks at ways the impulse for violence is transmitted from one generation to the next; for example, when a father teaches his son hatred to transform him into a soldier impervious to pity. Without focusing on a particular battle or soldier, this harsh, intense, choral text builds the rhythmic power of words to expose war's spiral toward hatred.

In 2012, SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques), in partnership France Culture, awarded War Cantata the Prix SADC for best world play written in French, and CEAD (Centre des auteurs dramatiques) awarded it the Prix Michel-Tremblay for the best play written in Quebec in 2012.

Cast: 2 men and a chorus

Child Object translated by Chantal Bilodeau

With child as a blank page, a man sets about constructing his ideal companion manipulating personality, gender, and body. The child becomes the ultimate consumer good.

Cast: 1 woman, 2 men

What people say:

"A great theatrical text that speaks to the mechanics of hatred: hard, visceral, and uncompromising." - Yves Rousseau, LeQuatrième.com

"With a vocabulary that does not fear ugliness and vulgarity, Larry Tremblay... digs into pain while providing relevant reflection [and] traces the contours between commitment and poetry... [between] the weight of savagery and the hardness of a crippled civilization." - Olivier Dumas, Montheatre.qc.ca

About the Playwright:

Larry Tremblay is a writer, director, actor and specialist in Kathakali, an elaborate dance theatre form which he has studied on numerous trips to India. He has published twenty books as a playwright, poet, novelist and essayist, and he is one of Quebec's most-produced and translated playwrights (his plays have been translated into twelve languages). In 2006 he was awarded the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for his contribution to the theatre. He was a finalist in 2008 and 2011 for the Siminovitch Prize. One of Quebec's most versatile writers, Tremblay currently teaches acting at l'École supérieure de théâtre de l'Université du Québec à Montréal.

About the Translators:

Keith Turnbull has directed over seventy play at various theatres throughout the world. Turnbull also founded a First Nations theatre company from which emerged many of Canada's most noted Native performers. He was the founding co-artistic director of the Toronto Theatre Festival, the president of the Toronto Theatre Alliance as well as a board member of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association. He has taught at the University of Manitoba, the National Theatre School, the University of Calgary and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Chantal Bilodeau is a New York-based playwright and translator originally from Montreal. Her play Sila won first prize in the 2012 Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the 2011 Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She is the recipient of a Jerome Travel and Study Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Notable among her English translations are Bintou by Koffi Kwahulé and Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre by Larry Tremblay.


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