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Being At Home With Claude

Drama in French in one long act by René-Daniel Dubois premiered at Théâtre de Quat'Sous, Montreal, November 13, 1985, directed by Daniel Roussel with set and costumes by Michel Crête and lights by Claude Accolas. Featured Lothaire Bluteau, Guy Thauvette, Robert Lalonde and André Thérien. Toured world-wide. Published by Leméac. Also produced in London's West End. Revived at Théâtre du Rideau Vert in 1987 with Guy Nadon and Marc Béland, directed by the author. Also produced as a film in 1992 directed by Jean Beaudin and starring Roy Dupuis and Jacques Godin. Translated into English under the same title by Linda Gaboriau. Revived in November, 2000, at Espace Go, directed by the author.

The time of the play is 1967 - during Expo. This chamber piece which, significantly, takes place in a judge's office, sets out to answer the question, "Can you kill when you love too much?" A simple yet highly theatrical work which has a male prostitute brutally interrogated about the murder which he says he committed. In a long, moving monologue we learn that the hustler's identity was entwined with the man he killed...and loved. Erotic in an utterly troubling way.

Critical and popular reaction was exceptionally positive. Said Robert Lévesque of Le Devoir, "[Dubois] proves...that he is not only the most aesthetic of our theatrical writers - which makes his genius equal to Michel Tremblay's - but in a different sense, that he is also the most visceral of our dramatic poets."

Readings: René-Daniel Dubois. Being at Home With Claude. Montreal: Leméac, 1986. Montreal

Commentary by Gaetan Charlebois

Last updated 2020-03-31