Albertine, in Five Times: A Play

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Talonbooks, 1986 - Drama - 76 pages
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In one of his most daring theatrical achievements, Michel Tremblay presents the story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. The older Albertines warn the younger ones of what is to come—“We all depend on you,” Albertine at 70 says to Albertine at 30—and the younger Albertines are passionate and full of explanations. Together, the five Albertines provide a moving portrait of an extraordinary “ordinary” woman in this Chalmers Award-winning play.

Cast of 6 women.

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Michel Tremblay One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.Awards and Recognition*Prix du Grand (2009) La Traversee de la ville (Lemeac Editeur Inc.)Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix (2006)Globe and Mail Top 100 Books (2003) Birth of a Bookworm Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2000) For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again Chalmers Awards (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1989, 2000)Governor General's Performing ArtsAward (1999)Molson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (1994)Louis-Hemon Prize (1994)Montreal Book Fair Grand Public Prize (1994)Banff Centre National Award (1992)Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1991)Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (1990)San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Festival Long-Standing Public Service Award (1989)CBC Anik Prize (1988)Athanase-David Lifetime Achievement Prize (1988)Quebec-Paris Prize (1985)Chevalier of Arts and Letters of France (1984) John Van Burek John Van Burek has been a practising theatre artist for more than 20 years, in both French and English, throughout Canada. He has also worked in the fields of opera, film and television. He is also one of Canada's leading translators for theatre, most notably of Michel Tremblay's plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs (Talonbooks). Mr. Van Burek has received several awards and citations for his work, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Canadian Theatre. Bill Glassco Born in Quebec, William Grant ("Bill") Glassco was a Canadian theatre director, producer and founder of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. He then became the artistic director of the CentreStage Theatre Companywhich merged, in 1988, with the Toronto Free Theatre to become CanStage. In 1982, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Michel Tremblay One of the most produced and the most prominent playwrights in the history of Canadian theatre, Michel Tremblay has received countless prestigious honours and accolades. His dramatic, literary and autobiographical works have long enjoyed remarkable international popularity, including translations of his plays that have achieved huge success in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.Awards and Recognition*Prix du Grand (2009) La Traversee de la ville (Lemeac Editeur Inc.)Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix (2006)Globe and Mail Top 100 Books (2003) Birth of a Bookworm Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play (2000) For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again Chalmers Awards (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1986, 1989, 2000)Governor General's Performing Arts Award (1999)Molson Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (1994)Louis-Hemon Prize (1994)Montreal Book Fair Grand Public Prize (1994)Banff Centre National Award (1992)Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France (1991)Chevalier of the Order of Quebec (1990)San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Festival Long-Standing Public Service Award (1989)CBC Anik Prize (1988)Athanase-David Lifetime Achievement Prize (1988)Quebec-Paris Prize (1985)Chevalier of Arts and Letters of France (1984) John Van Burek John Van Burek has been a practising theatre artist for more than 20 years, in both French and English, throughout Canada. He has also worked in the fields of opera, film and television. He is also one of Canada's leading translators for theatre, most notably of Michel Tremblay's plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs (Talonbooks). Mr. Van Burek has received several awards and citations for his work, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Canadian Theatre. Bill Glassco Born in Quebec, William Grant ("Bill") Glassco was a Canadian theatre director, producer and founder of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. He then became the artistic director of the CentreStage Theatre Company which merged, in 1988, with the Toronto Free Theatre to become CanStage. In 1982, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Born in Toronto, John Van Burek studied at St. Anselm College in the United States, at the University of New Brunswick, and at the University of Toronto. He has been a practising theatre artist for over twenty years, in both French and English, throughout Canada. He has also worked in the fields of opera, film and television. In 1971, he founded the Théâtre français de Toronto where, over the years, he directed some sixty productions. He stepped downas Artistic Director of the company in 1991. Mr. Van Burek has taught at Ryerson Theatre School, York University and at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. He is also one of Canada's leading translators for theatre, most notably of Michel Tremblay's plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs (Talonbooks). Mr. Van Burek has received several awards and citations for his work, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Canadian Theatre. In 1992, he was awarded a Canada Council "A" Grant for senior artists. This prestigious award allowed him to spend a year abroad, studying and working with major theatre artists in Nottingham, London and Paris. In addition, thanks to a special grant form the Minister of External Affairs and the Toronto Arts Council, he was able to undertake a program for the promotion of Canadian plays in both England and France.

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