BOOK CLUB

Club de lecture

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. Click on the image thumbnail to register. $30 for all seven meetings. Button to purchase all 7 sessions at the bottom. Texts will be provided. No need to purchase the books.‏‏‎

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7, 2021 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: L'ÎLE DES ESCALAVES (Scène III)

L’Île des esclaves is a one-act play by Marivaux (1688 - 1763). After the sinking of their ship, two masters and their servants find themselves on a mysterious island. In this country, slaves take the place of the masters and the masters are reduced to servitude, in order to educate them on the misfortunes they cause to those under their command. The session will focus on Scene III, where Cleanthis becomes Euphrosine's mistress and takes the opportunity to settle accounts with her mistress.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2021 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: LES BONNES (Act I)

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.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 9, 2021 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: MAMAN LA MER

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.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2022 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: SOLSTICE D'HIVER

Christmas Eve and nothing is ready. Bettina and her husband Albert aren't happy: Bettina's mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina's mother met a man on the train. And now she's invited him around for to spend the evening with them... Everything is in place for a comedy of errors, as we know them. Through this seemingly predictable situation, Roland Schimmelpfennig subtly exposes the workings of new modern day fascism.

THURSDAY MARCH 10, 2022 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: LE CLUB DES ÉPHÉMÈRES

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.

THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2021 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: LE TARTUFFE (Act III)

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...

THURSDAY MAY 5, 2022 FROM 6 TO 6:30pm: TURCARET (Act I)

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.

LOCATION :
Meetings are currently held online.

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FEES :

$5 per meeting. $30 for all six meetings. 

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