Drama in one long act by Daniel Danis, premiered October 28, 1993 at Théâtre La Rubrique, Jonquière, Quebec, directed by Dominick Bédard, designed by Claude Martel, featuring Denis Leclerc, Josée Girard, Ricky Tremblay and Chantal-Eric Dumas. Subsequently performed at Espace Go, November 1993, directed by Louise Laprade with set by Danièle Lévesque, costumes by François Barbeau, lighting by Lou Arteau featuring Paul Savoie, Isabelle Miquelon, Stéphane Simard and Catherine Sénart. Translated by Linda Gaboriau as Ashes and Stone. The play won the Governor General’s Award first for the author and then for the translator.
When the design team was announced for the Montreal production of this work, it seemed to be an awesome assembly of great artists for a work whose premiere had featured no sets. But that is precisely the allure of this magnificently eloquent play; it is a work of dazzling imagination and brilliant dialogue-artists are given huge amounts of freedom and encouraged to fly in the same way as does the text.
The critical reaction has been uniformly positive for this story of a man who comes to the country with his daughter both of whom are trying to recover from the wife and mother's death. Rather than finding peace in the country, they end up tangling with a beautiful young woman and her band of friends who have nothing better to do with their time then make the father's life miserable. Funny, scary; a virtually perfect play.
Commentary by Gaetan Charlebois
Last updated 2020-07-17