“There can be no fullness without emptiness. And there can be no conversation without a void.”
Everyday conversation has always been a challenge for Julie, a lonely and anxious researcher who spends her days bent over a microscope in a basement laboratory. She struggles through lunchtime discussions with co-workers and one-sided exchanges with her withdrawn father and mute stepmother, attempts to understand her aphasic mother, and feels steamrolled in conversations with her game-show host brother and his extravagant girlfriend. At the end of each day, she goes home exhausted and indulges in soliloquies in which she lets go of everything unsaid. She tries self-help videos and a conversation workshop, but nothing can budge her verbal roadblocks. After being humiliated by her brother on live TV, she runs away from her city, her family, her job, and her life. Wandering in the woods, she meets Timothy, who is trying to end his life. Between someone who wants to leave the world and someone who would like to be a part of it, a meaningful conversation begins to take shape.
Carole Fréchette was born in Montréal and is a graduate of the National Theatre School. She is the author of fifteen plays, which have been translated into twenty languages and staged all over the world. Fréchette was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2002, and has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Language Drama twice, for Le Quatre Morts de Marie in 1995 and for Small Talk in 2014. Her plays are published in French by Leméac/Actes-?Sud Papiers.
John Murrell is one of Canada’s most frequently produced playwrights, whose work has been translated into numerous languages and presented throughout the world. He is also a translator of Chekhov and Ibsen, among others, and of eight plays by Carole Fréchette, all of which have been published by Playwrights Canada Press. Murrell is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
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