Translated by :Louisa Blair
Imprint:Arachnide Editions - Toronto
Dimensions:8in x 5.25 x 0.4 in | 0.31 lb
Page Count:120 pages
From internationally acclaimed playwright and author Robert Lepage comes 887 — an autobiographical story originally toured as a solo show. Framed by Lepage’s attempt to memorize Michèle Lalonde’s poem “Speak White,” 887 is an exploration of memory, culture, and community in Quebec.
As the 40th anniversary of La Nuit de la poésie in Montreal approaches, playwright Robert Lepage is invited to recite Michèle Lalonde’s seminal poem “Speak White” from memory on the special night. After agonizing hours spent attempting to memorize the piece, Lepage finds himself unable to recall a single line. In a last effort he decides to employ a mnemonic device dating back to ancient Greece called the Memory Palace — a technique of imagination and association. Lepage’s Memory Palace is 887 Murray Avenue, the apartment block where he grew up. Winding his way around the rooms of the building and the lives of the tenants therein, Lepage guides the reader through a world of recollections of 1960s Quebec, the decade that shaped the province’s cultural and political consciousness.
A mesmerizing and multifaceted glimpse into the realm of memory, 887 is a tour of culture and community in 1960s Quebec through one masterful artist’s remarkable, boundary-defying perspective.
LOUISA BLAIR is a Quebec city writer, translator, and editor.
Seductive, brazen . . . Raw emotional force builds from the accretion of slight moments of remembrance and discovery. - New York Times
A work that delights, mesmerizes and provokes. - Variety
Touching, intimate, powerful. - Guardian
[E]lectrifying - Independent
[A]mazing … resonant storytelling … it demands to be seen. - Globe and Mail
[S]eductive, brazen … Raw emotional force builds from the accretion of slight moments of remembrance and discovery. - New York Times
[F]or these 125 minutes, magic is possible. Lepage’s masterful command of storytelling, through his physical performance as well as his theatrical trickery, creates a world that’s enveloping, pulling you from one moment to the next, even as it bounces through time. - Toronto Star
[A] work that delights, mesmerizes and provokes. - Variety
The passions are internal, the ideas buried like depth charges to detonate later… Lepage sifts through his own past and his country's and, like theatre artists through the ages, transforms what he finds into stage magic. - NOW Magazine
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