March 27 marks World Theatre Day, a day to celebrate the immense creativity and passion of theatrical communities across the globe.
To follow suit, we wish to shine the "spotlight" on some titles that resonate with today's theme:
Elle by Douglas Glover is based on what might be a true story and chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons during Jacques Cartier's ill-fated third and last attempt to colonize Canada. A 16th-century belle turned Robinson Crusoe, a female Don Quixote with an Inuit Sancho Panza — this is the heroine of the novel that won the 2003 Governor General's Award.
Elle was adapted for the stage by Severn Thompson and enacted by Theatre Passe Muraille.
A behind-the-scenes look at Elle:
La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet, a french play in the form of a collection of monologues, inspired many theatre productions and television shows.
The premise is deceptively simple: a dirt-poor charwoman and former prostitute leans on her mop and tells her life story. But what a story! As she reminisces and rants, telling stories about herself, her friends and neighbours, the priest and his church, and every other aspect of life in her village, she is actually telling the story of Acadie.
This Marlowe by Michelle Butler Hallett is a historical fiction novel on the intrigue surrounding the life of one of England's greatest playwrights, Christopher Marlowe.
1593. Queen Elizabeth reigns from the throne while two rival spymasters — Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex — plot from the shadows. Their goal? To control succession upon the aged queen's death. The man on which their schemes depend? Christopher Marlowe, a cobbler's son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright.
The Players by Margaret Sweatman, a tale of beginnings and of invention, this remarkable novel takes on the 17th century with a contemporary sensibility. Here, the ability to perform — in Court, on stage, in private quarters, and in the brutal cold of James Bay — might save your life... and Lilly Cole must play along with the best of them.
To show our enthusiasm and appreciation for the Theatre, we are marking down the aforementioned titles!
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