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  • Auteur:
    Moscovitch, Hannah
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    In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories of mothers during the Canadian birth-control movement of the early twentieth century, one of Canada's most celebrated playwrights vividly recreates a couple's struggles with reproduction. It's Ottawa in the 1920s, before birth control is legalized. Sophie, a young working-class girl, falls madly in love with her sister's suitor, and eventually marries, a stablehand named Jonny. After two difficult childbirths, doctors tell Sophie she shouldn't have any more children, but don't tell her how to prevent it. When Sophie inevitably becomes pregnant again, she faces a grim dilemma.

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    Olivier, Anne-Marie
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    Revivre une, puis plusieurs naissances. Raconter ce qui demeure un choc brutal, un moment imprévisible. Explorer comment cette arrivée spectaculaire, animale, violente, gluante peut se révéler comme une catharsis. Venir au monde se présente comme une rafale d’accouchements, tous issus de la cueillette de centaines d’histoires vraies. Un spectacle qui donne envie de vivre plus fort, plus consciemment, avec davantage de fougue et de courage. Un appel d’air qui célèbre la vie, toutes les vies.

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    Oliver, Sean Harris
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    Sean Harris Oliver's The Fighting Season is a searing investigation into the Afghan War through the eyes of a Canadian field medic (Kristy), an OR surgeon (Terry), and a recovery room nurse (Karine). When all three medical professionals experience a life-changing event in the operating room of the NATO-controlled Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, they are sent back to Canada for further evaluation. Through Kristy, Terry and Karine's interwoven monologues we begin to understand the contribution that Canada's medical teams made in Afghanistan, as well as the devastating impact that war has on the ones charged with saving lives.

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    Taylor, Drew Hayden
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    "Drew Hayden Taylor works his delightfully comic, and bittersweet magic in these two plays about children growing up Native in a non-Native world. In 'The boy in the treehouse,' Simon pursues a vision quest in an attempt to reclaim his mother's First Nations heritage. In 'Girl who loved horses,' a non-status girls finds people on the Reserve understand her remarkable talent and the power of her storng spirt more than those around her. In each play, Taylor moves beyond the denials, misunderstandings and preconceptions that populate our differences and rediscovers the nature of, and the necessity for, rites of passage in all cultures." -- Publisher.

  • Auteur:
    Loring, Kevin
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    Nan's family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on. This intimate and restorative new play from Governor General's Literary Award winner Kevin Loring, the first ever Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada, is about legacy-- the legacy of our personal and collective histories, and a family's legacy as it moves into an age where the assumptions of the old ways surrender to new possibilities. But if the play's main course is legacy, the dessert is pumpkin pie. Tuck in!

  • Auteur:
    Gagnon, Steve
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    Bouleversé par le décès de sa mère, un jeune archéologue accepte d’aller travailler sur un chantier de fouilles à des milliers de kilomètres de chez-lui. Loin de Montréal, étourdi par une fuite en avant qui ne semble pas combler l’immense vide laissé par la disparition maternelle, il fait la rencontre d’Edna, qui l’accueille pendant son séjour. Avec l’aide de cette femme sensible et vraie il parvient à se réconcilier avec la vie pour mieux revenir à sa belle infirmière, Nathalie. Avec une tendresse et une violence d’une rare complémentarité, Steve Gagnon donne la parole à un homme déchiré, un adulte / enfant incapable d’affronter l’existence. Touchant et sincère, le personnage qu’il crée dans Os. La montagne blanche exprime avec simplicité toute la douleur et la colère du deuil, sans compromis ni concessions.

  • Auteur:
    French, David
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    David French's first play is a classic in Canadian drama. The first part of what has come to be known as the Mercer Series, in Leaving Home we are introduced to the Mercer family, immigrants from Newfoundland to Toronto, struggling to find their way in the late 1950s. Ben has just graduated from high school, and his brother Billy’s wedding is imminent. But conflicts with their volatile father, Jacob, threaten to destroy the family and the life they’ve carved out for themselves. Leaving Home was named one of the 100 Most Influential Canadian Books by the Literary Review of Canada.

  • Auteur:
    Beaulieu, Christine
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    Hydro-Québec a longtemps symbolisé les plus grands rêves des Québécois, leur prise de pouvoir et leur affranchissement. Mais, plus de 70 ans après la création de cette société d’État, sommes-nous toujours «maitres chez nous»? Envoyée au front par Annabel Soutar et sa compagnie Porte Parole, Christine Beaulieu se fait l’interprète du citoyen dans un feuilleton politique palpitant. Théâtre documentaire exposant les facettes opposées d’un enjeu de société essentiel, «J’aime Hydro» lance une épineuse et passionnante discussion: qu’est devenue la relation entre Hydro-Québec et les Québécois?

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    Lapierre-Desnoyers, Guillaume
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    Chloé, une ado de 15 ans, étouffe dans sa vie terne de banlieue. Pour avoir la vie intense et sans limite à laquelle elle aspire, elle décide de tout quitter en effaçant ses traces. À la merci de la bonne volonté et des exigences des camionneurs, elle parcourt les routes des États-Unis. Entre les squats, les trucks stop et les haltes routières miteuses, elle découvre le revers sordide de cette vie d'errance mais aussi l'amitié qui s'installe solidement entre deux écorchées. Elle laisse dans son sillage le désespoir de sa mère qui ne comprend pas sa rage et le sentiment d'impuissance de l'enquêteur confronté quotidiennement à la détresse qui se profile derrière les fugues.

  • Auteur:
    Gareau, Laurier
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    Eric Lechasseur est professeur de littérature française, Sa femme, Amanda, d'origine ukrainienne, l'a quitté après 25 ans de mariage, Leur fille, Mona, prépare une maîtrise en « English Littérature» pour contrarier son père, Cette  ièce très contemporaine explore, avec réalisme et humour, « la complexité des relations exogames et de l'éducation des enfants non seulement bilingues, mais aussi biculturels ». - Sarah Vennes-Ouellet, L 'Eau vive, Ce sont aussi les conflits intergénérationnels. L’émancipation de la femme et l’assimilation culturelle qui sont mis en relief. Green Mustang camoufle sous une crise de couple un drame identitaire.

  • Auteur:
    Belliveau, George, Lea, Graham W.
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    This book is a call to action to address the transition many soldiers face when returning to civilian life. It presents an arts-based therapeutic approach to dealing with trauma, exploring the development, performance, and reception of Contact!Unload,a play based on the lives of military veterans overcoming stress injuries encountered during military service. The book, which includes the full script of the play, offers academic, artistic, personal, and theoretical perspectives from people directly involved in the performances as well as those who witnessed the work. The play and book serve as a model for using arts-based approaches to mental health care and as a powerful look into the experiences of military veterans.

  • Auteur:
    Mouawad, Wajdi
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    In this sweeping new drama from the prolific Wajdi Mouawad, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hits close to home as a straight-laced family is forced to confront everything they know about their identities. Is it really important to cling to our lost identities? A terrorist attack in Jerusalem puts Eitan, a young Israeli-German genetic researcher, in a coma, while his girlfriend Wahida, an Moroccan graduate student, is left to uncover his family secret that brought them to Israel in the first place. Since Eitan's parents erupted at a Passover meal when they realized Wahida was not Jewish, he has harbored a suspicion about his heritage that, if true, could change everything.

  • Auteur:
    Shields, Erin
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    'There's a great deal of rage underlying [Beautiful Man], but also many humorous elements, and so many things to admire about Shields's acute observations and inversions of expectation . . . Every new play from her is a challenge, and a treat.'.

  • Auteur:
    Grant, Michael
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    In an effort to rekindle their spark, empty nesters Norm and Ruth book a trip to a familiar family campground, only to realize that it's now a nudist camp.

  • Auteur:
    Lepage, Robert
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    As the 40th anniversary of La Nuit de la poésie in Montreal approaches, playwright Robert Lepage is invited to recite Michèle Lalonde's seminal poem "Speak White" from memory on the special night. After agonizing hours spent attempting to memorize the piece, Lepage finds himself unable to recall a single line. In a last effort he decides to employ a mnemonic device dating back to ancient Greece called the Memory Palace - a technique of imagination and association. Lepage's Memory Palace is 887 Murray Avenue, the apartment block where he grew up. Winding his way around the rooms of the building and the lives of the tenants therein, Lepage guides the reader through a world of recollections of 1960s Quebec, the decade that shaped the province's cultural and political consciousness. A mesmerizing and multifaceted glimpse into the realm of memory, 887 is a tour of culture and community in 1960s Quebec through one masterful artist's remarkable, boundary-defying perspective.

  • Auteur:
    Shigematsu, Tetsuro
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    1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

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