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Wednesday August 27, 2014 in Books

War Cantata / Child Object

By Larry Tremblay
Translated by Keith Turnbull & Chantal Bilodeau

with a foreword by Pauline Bouchet

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 with 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 of 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 of 1 woman and 2 men

ISBN 13: 9780889229068 | ISBN 10: 0889229066
5.5 W x 8.5 H inches | 144 pages
$18.95 CAN / $18.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Drama
Paperback Edition

QUOTES OF NOTE

“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 Contributors

Larry Tremblay

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 is one of Quebec’s most-produced and translated playwrights (his plays have been translated into twelve languages).

Keith Turnbull

Keith Turnbull’s career as a director, producer, designer and dramaturge is highlighted by a commitment to contemporary and new work in both theatre and opera. He has directed over seventy plays 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.

Chantal Bilodeau

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.

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