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Aurélie, ma soeur

Drama in two acts by Marie Laberge, premiered by the Théâtre du Trident, Quebec City, November 1, 1988, directed by the author with sets by Monique Dion, costumes by Luce Pelletier and lighting by Michel Beaulieu, featuring Denise Gagnon and Guylaine Tremblay. Subsequently it was performed in Montreal at the Café de la Place des Arts, and in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. It was translated into English by Rina Fraticelli under the same title and played at Centaur Theatre among others venues. It has also translated into Lithuanian.

Aurélie has raised Charlotte and they now enjoy as close a relationship as two in the same family can have. However, Charlotte is not Aurélie's daughter; Charlotte's mother lives in Italy. Over five nights over five years, we witness five important events in the lives of these wonderful and unique women. The moments are both funny and difficult, but the loving bond they share always survives.

This moving and gentle play has been produced with enormous success in French and in English. More than anything else, it is an actor's vehicle, as it weaves a subtle and unbreakable spell over the audience. Fraticelli's English translation is also superb.

Readings: Marie Laberge. Aurélie, Ma soeur. Montreal: Boréal, 1992.

Commentary by Gaetan Charlebois

Last updated 2020-02-27