TPM presents the Manitoba première of Carole Fréchette’s John & Beatrice
For Immediate Release: Winnipeg, October 16, 2012
John and Beatrice
“Well-to-do young heiress, intelligent and perceptive, who has never loved anyone, is seeking a man who will interest, move and seduce her. Substantial reward offered.”
John & Beatrice is written by Carole Fréchette, one of Canada’s leading playwrights. Recently, there has been an explosion of Fréchette’s work across the country. She is well known internationally and she is one of the most produced Canadian playwrights in France and Europe. Her work, translated into 18 languages, has been staged all over the world, from Montréal to Reykjavik, and Paris to Tokyo.
The English translation is by noted Canadian dramatist John Murrell.John and Beatrice opens November 1st and closes November 11th in the Rachel Browne Theatre. Tickets range from $15-25 (inclusive of GST) and are available by calling the box office at 204-989-2400 or by ordering through this website.
Directed by Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Artistic Director, Ardith Boxall (Monster Trilogy, Age of Arousal, North Main Gothic) the play features Kevin Klassen: Henry V (SIR), Till It Hurts (PTE), Romeo & Juliet (RMTC) and Tracy Penner: Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz(TPM),Top Girls (RMTC), Village Wooing (zone 41).
High above the city, Beatrice sits on the 33rd floor of an office tower waiting for the right man to respond to her ad. When John appears, the games begin. This bounty hunter is up to the challenge but his reward is in question. John and Beatrice is a masterful play about the delusions and truths of modern day romance. Fréchette’s characters lean firmly to the archetypal; John is a lonely hunter and Beatrice the arrogant princess. With a blend of myth and humor these two lonely people demand and need only one thing – to be able to love.
John and Beatrice blends comedy, melodrama, absurdist theatre and naturalism. Like a lovers’ version of Waiting for Godot, it plays out at times as a duel, at other times, a deceit. With a nod to film noir and a fairy tale heart, the chronicle of John and Beatrice’s romance finally reveals itself as a deep and painful drama. At all times, it is a duet.
Carole Fréchette was born in Montréal and is a graduate of the National Theatre School. Still based in Montréal, she has been a force in Québec theatre for over 25 years. She is the author of 15 plays, which have been translated into 18 languages and staged all over the world. Fréchette won the 1995 Governor General’s Award for her play Les Quatre Morts de Marie and the Chalmers Award for John Murrell’s English version of that play. She is the 2002 winner of the Siminovitch Prize. John Murrell’s English versions of her plays are published by Playwrights Canada Press. Her new play Je pense à Yu, had three different productions this year, in Paris, in Montreal, and in Calgary, at Alberta Theatre Projects in John Murrell’s English version.