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Thursday June 30, 2016 in Books
False Starts presents a series of determining moments between two people stuck reliving the same scene over and over, but in unexpected ways and in different genres (from diary to dramatic dialogue, film script to sound installation). Their interdependence and fundamental inability to say how they feel about one another over twenty years – in spite of their eloquence, in spite of their creativity – constitutes the background of the ongoing spectacle of their relationship.
Made up of a series of short pieces originally published in French as Dialogues fantasques pour causeurs éperdus, this translation by the author and Alexandre St-Laurent with Katia Grubisic also includes other previously unpublished texts. Originally staged for the stage, screen, and elevator at Montreal’s matralab.
Like the dual perspectives in the play, two commentators – Jenn Stephenson and Nicole Nolette – each contribute an introduction exploring the piece from quite different points of view.
Cast of 1 man and 1 woman.
Excerpt from “DIALOGUE, TAKES 3 AND 4”
SHE and HIM, having not seen each other for years, meet again by a department-store cosmetics counter and recognize each other.
Is it really you? How now, my sworn enemy!
My waking nightmare.
I’m glad to see you!
Strangely enough, so am I.
ISBN 13: 9781772010275 | ISBN 10:
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 144 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Drama | Backlist
Nominated for the 2016/2017 Patrick O’Neil Award (Best Collection of Plays), awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)
About the ContributorsLouis Patrick Leroux
A playwright and theatre director, Louis Patrick Leroux is also an associate professor in both the English and French departments at Concordia University.Alexander St-Laurent
Alexander St-Laurent completed a BA and an MA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. He is currently a PhD student in English Literature at the Université de Montréal.Katia Grubisic
Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor, and translator.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.