By Michel Marc Bouchard,Linda Gaboriau
As a part of her lengthy profession, Bernhardt – identified to her dependable enthusiasts as “The Divine” – visited Canada a number of occasions among 1880 and 1917, generally vacationing Montreal, yet as soon as – only once – alighting in Quebec urban. it truly is this singular ancient stopover at, approximately which little is understood, that Bouchard takes because the backdrop for his play, exploring conservative and revolutionary veins in pageant via turn-of-the-century North the US, with a spotlight on Quebec, that province at the verge of serious change.
Michaud, the son of the province’s minister of finance, is a theatre lover. Talbot, nonetheless has arrived on the seminary at the very day of Bernhardt’s arrival on the town, he comes from a kinfolk being affected by poverty and obviously has extra urgent issues. the 2 are ordered to convey a letter from the Archbishop forbidding Bernhardt to seem on degree at any element in the course of her one and basically stopover at to Quebec urban, seeing that she has made up our minds to accomplish a play during which Adrienne Lecovreur “sings the praises of adulterous love” and “ridicules a guy of the material portrayed as a plotting habitué of Parisian salons.”
And so the level is decided for a conflict for the hearts and minds of Quebeckers via those seminarians: the strong Catholic Church on one aspect, and the facility of the divine Sarah Bernhardt – and the realm of the theatre – at the other.
The Divine used to be commissioned for the 2015 Shaw competition in honour of George Bernard Shaw and everybody who loves the theatre, and in reminiscence of Sarah Bernhardt, “the girl who dares to claim every little thing that are supposed to be left unsaid.”
Cast of 5 ladies and 8 men.
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