Explore classics and contemporary plays with Hadrien Volle
TfT in partnership with Alliance Française de Toronto present a theatre-centric book club. This series of virtual meetings will be an opportunity to discuss specific scenes from plays associated with our artistic season. Hadrien Volle, TfT’s Cultural Outreach Officer, will delve into the texts, to shine a light on their themes and their meaning, and exchange opinions with the participants. Everyone is welcome to join the club, whether they are new to the art world or an experienced theatre enthusiast. The only prerequisites needed are curiosity and the desire to engage in discussions. The discussions will be held in French only.
FEE: $5 per meeting. $30 for all seven meetings. Texts will be provided. No need to purchase the books. Meetings are held from 6:00PM to 6:30PM.
Thursday 11 November 2021
When Jean Genet wrote Les Bonnes in 1947, Europe was emerging from the Second World War. In this tragedy he overturns the norms of conventional playwriting to shock the theatrical world and murder the bourgeoisie on stage. The female protagonists of this play seek revenge on their mistress taking the game to a whole new level. In this session, we will study the introductory scene, the moment when Claire and Solange pretend being Madames until the moment when they fear being caught in the act.
To appease her mother, Marjolaine hides her gift of clairvoyance to her family… but twenty-six years later, she is struck by a mysterious illness that modern medicine is unable to treat. With no other options, Marjolaine travels to Haiti to seek the healing powers of her grandmother, Manman La Mer … Performed by Djennie Laguerre with great sensibility, Manman La Mer puts Caribbean women and spirituality in the spotlight and explores with humour and authenticity the sometime complicated relationships between mothers and daughters.
Winter Solstice is a German play by Roland Schimmelpfennig first published in 2007. It is a cynical comedy that takes place on Christmas Eve. Bettina’s mother arrives for the occasion at the home of her daughter and her husband. She is accompanied by a mysterious man. The author paints an acidic portrait of the intellectual bourgeoisie. We will study the first three scenes, until Rudolph’s entrance.
When a filmaker producing a documentary about shadflies unexpectedly appears in their retirement home, the lives of five elderly women are turned upside down. The passion they feel for these ephemeral insects that emerge each spring from the lake is only equaled by their obsession with the Dionne quintuplets.
Tartuffe is one of Molière’s most famous plays. Written in 1669, it is still relevant today because it highlights the figure of the “false devotee”, a person who claims to be religious but who flouts its basic principles. In this session, we will discuss Act III, where Tartuffe appears on stage…
Lesage is an 18th century author set in-between Molière and Marivaux’s times. Turcaret is a play about money, envy, and the deceptions that everyone uses to enrich themselves at all levels of the social scale. Unlike Molière’s characters, if Turcaret seems to be fooled at first, cynicism gradually appears as the play progresses. In this session we will focus on Act I, which highlights the reprehensible motivations of each character.