Matthew and Stephen

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2005 - Drama - 38 pages
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Stephen hates his new neighbourhood. It's ugly, dirty and far from the country. And even worse, he doesn't know anyone. It's too hard - and takes too long - to make new friends.
Matthew feels lonely too. He doesn't go to school anymore...not since his mother died from the sickness, his sickness, the sickness of our time. Now, they're all afraid of him. Between a ration of pills and coughing fits, he lashes out at his enemies: the neighbourhood birds.
A story about two separate and lonely lives that will collide before the light in the room goes out forever.

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About the author (2005)

Jean-Rock Gaudreault is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's playwriting section. His first play, La Raccourcie, produced by Théâtre les gens d'en bas in 1997, was remounted and performed during the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal and was nominated for a Masque for best regional production in the same year. His play for young audiences, Mathieu trop court, François trop long was nominated for a Masque for best script in 1999. Mathieu François et les autres… presented the play more than 250 times in Quebec and Europe. The English-language production, Matthew and Stephen, was produced in Canada and the United States in 2002. His second play for young audiences, Deux pas vers les étoiles, first produced by Mathieu François et les autres… in 2002, has been performed almost 300 times in Quebec and France. It won the Rideau Vox Pares award and a Masque for best play for young audiences in 2003. Jean-Rock Gaudreault won the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award for Deux pas vers les étoiles, which was produced (in French) in Tokyo, in 2004.

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