At the Zenith of the Empire

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NeWest Press, 2007 - Drama - 134 pages
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In 1913, legendary tragedienne Sarah Bernhardt travelled to Edmonton, Alberta, to perform the last act of Alexandre Dumasís The Lady of the Camellias before two packed houses at the Empire Theatre. Augmenting well-documented accounts of both the Bernhardt visit and the surprisingly active local live theatre scene during the pre-First World War years, At the Zenith of the Empire creates a swirling speculative scenario about the impact of a very special day in the lives of Edmontonís earliest theatre-goers and theatre practitioners. The Divine Sarah herself narrates this sumptuous romp of reminiscence, in which she and her eccentric co-star Lou Tellegen become instantly embroiled in the lives of the people theyíve come to entertain. Playwright Stewart Lemoine combines drama with hilarity in a play that visits such local landmarks as Ada Boulevard, the Groat Ravine, newly annexed Strathcona, and the not-quite-completed High Level Bridge--all the while celebrating that most crucial component of the theatrical equation--the audience!

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Since 1982, Stewart Lemoine has been the artistic director of the Edmonton theatre company, Teatro La Quindicina, with whom he has premiered over fifty plays. He currently lives in Edmonton, AB.

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