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François Archambault graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada in 1993 and has also completed a major in French Studies at the Université de Montréal. Between 1989 and 1998, he wrote twelve plays and his work appeared in seven anthologies. His 1992 play Le jour de la fête de Martin was among the thirteen finalists selected in the Concours Val’en Scène in Valenciennes, France, and received a special mention from the jury. Archambault secured his reputation as a sharp social satirist with his earlier plays Cul sec (Fast Lane) and Les gagnants (The Winners) and further established his importance on the Quebec theatre scene with the award-winning 15 Seconds, a darkly humorous play about social alienation arising from superficial relationships.
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August 2014 : 2014 Betty Mitchell Award Winners
2014 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play (Calgary)
BOOK AWARDS15 Seconds
Winner of the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Drama
Finalist for the 2000 Governor General’s Award for Translation”
QUOTES OF NOTEYou Will Remember Me
“What really moves the play beyond medical melodrama is the connection Archambault makes between personal and national memory … Will Quebec’s memory of itself one day disintegrate, Archambault asks through Edouard? And are we short-circuiting our own synapses by living in a permanent, social media-driven present? … A thrillingly multi-layered play”
“Archambault’s knack for combining painful tragedy with laughter is partly what lifts the play from being what he calls ‘a disease play.’ … What seems to have struck a chord with audiences, not just in Quebec but all over Canada, is the way the play uses Alzheimer’s as a metaphor to talk about wider political issues.”
“A curious and evolving portrayal of family dynamics and how memory and identity plays into that. What emerges are some touching and unexpected connections. … On one level, this is a play about a specific family dealing with dementia, but it also speaks to a wider social phenomenon. … What does it mean for a society to have a kind of collective dementia when it comes to its own history? Archambault offers no answer, but he leaves us with memorable questions.”
“[A] thought-provoking, mind-bending drama …”
—Tap Into Mahopac
“Bobby Theodore’s adept English translation [of] François Archambault’s acclaimed 2014 play Tu te souviendras de moi, a big hit, [was first produced in Calgary and is now on stage in Toronto.] … Memory is a central preoccupation, of course, in Quebec, where the imperative to remember the province/nation’s ongoing fight for recognition is embossed on its licence plates: Je me souviens. … Part of the success of Archambault’s play is his lightness of touch with the national metaphor: this is principally an intergenerational family story exploring the painful effects of memory loss with sensitivity and wit.”
“There’s a kind of genius in You Will Remember Me. … What really makes the play work, though, is its narrative flexibility. … it’s core is compelling.”
—The Georgia Straight
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