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LPG Drama Backlist Catalogue: 2015

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Balconville
By (author): David Fennario
9780889221451 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / Canadian Jan 01, 1980
$17.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.4 in 128 pages Talonbooks
 
Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award 1980, Winner
Balconville is Canada's first bilingual play. Three families and Thibault, the neighbourhood rubbie, sit on their balconies in the heat of a Montreal summer. It is election time and Gaétan Bolduc is running for re-election for the Liberals. His broadcast truck roams the streets making election promises in English and in French, and playing the music of Elvis Presley. The English and the French-Canadian working class take on the Establishment in this award-winning play.

Cast of 3 women and 6 men.

David Fennario
Anglophone playwright born David Wiper in Montreal, Quebec, 1947. He was raised in the working-class district of Pointe-St-Charles, an area he would make the centre of most of his plays.

“The bilingual nature of the drama makes it a great play instead of a good one, but the setting itself could be anywhere. Balconville is a work of genius. It’s angry, bitter, cruel and funny. It’s a real vision of this country—and even more rare—it’s a moment when bilingualism has found a voice.”
Globe and Mail

“The bilingual nature of the drama makes it a great play instead of a good one, but the setting itself could be anywhere. Balconville is a work of genius. It’s angry, bitter, cruel and funny. It’s a real vision of this country—and even more rare—it’s a moment when bilingualism has found a voice.”
Globe and Mail

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