BOOK CLUB

CLUB DE LECTURE

Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) and Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) are teaming up to create a “theatre” 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. Click on the image thumbnail to register. $30 for all seven meetings. Button to purchase at the bottom. ‏‏‎

THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2020: ALBERTINE EN CINQ TEMPS (Beginning of the play)

Nearing her death, a septuagenarian from the Plateau Mont-Royal revisits the highlights of her life. Five actresses portray Albertine, at five distinct stages of her life, between thirty and seventy years of age. Five Albertines who converse with each other and with Madeleine, "their" sister. One of Michel Tremblay's absolute masterpiece. (Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2020: BÉRÉNICE (Acte IV -- Scene 5)

Bérénice is a five-act tragedy by the French 17th-century playwright Jean Racine. Following the death of Titus' father, Vespasian, everyone now assumes that Titus will finally be free to marry his beloved Bérénice. But his best friend, Antiochus, also has feelings for the Queen of Palestine.(Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY DECEMBER 10, 2020: ZONE (Acte I - excerpts)

Passe-Partout wants to replace Tarzan as the leader of their gang, a group of teens smuggling tobacco across the US border. His betrayal leads to the conviction of Tarzan for the murder of a customs officer. After his escape, Tarzan must decide what to do next: take back the leadership of the gang or flee abroad? A French-Canadian classic.(Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2021: UNE MAISON FACE AU NORD (Acte II -- excerpts)

Henri Simard and his wife, Anne-Marie Belley, are all smiles. They just finished the inventory of their blessed lives as hardworking and honest blue collar workers. But that morning, their quiet lives are turned upside down. Their only son is arrested for laundering millions of dollars; a Guatemalan applies for a job and Henry has to go meet an Englishman at the top of the woodlot…(Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY MARCH 4, 2021: UNITY 1918 (Acte II -- Sc. 15 and more)

A deadly and mysterious plague is breaking out across the world. The Spanish flu has made its way to a small town in Saskatchewan. Governor General's Literary Award winner Kevin Kerr tells us the story of ordinary townspeople living in quarantine. When facing the unknown, is love and hope enough? (Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2021: L'AVARE

Harpagon is a rich bourgeois, a modern usurer, whose passion for gain makes him forget his fatherly duties. He wants his children, Cléante and Élise, to marry rich and reserves himself the right to marry the young and charming Marianne. But Cléante, who is in love with the young girl, and Élise, who is secretly engaged to Valère, refuse to obey their father. (Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

THURSDAY MAY 6, 2021: LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME

Jourdain is a rich, yet stupid and naïve bourgeois, aspiring to become a gentleman. For this he mingles with the nobility and imitates the great lords. From philosophy, to singing, dancing and sword fighting, he practices all art forms relentlessly. Sadly, Mr. Jourdain remains an uneducated merchant, who shows no talent whatsoever in these disciplines. (Click on the image thumbnail to register.)

LOCATION :
Meetings are currently held online.

THE TEXTS :

Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll receive the texts by email. 

FEES :

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

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