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The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi

Long one-act monologue by Larry Tremblay, premiered at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, May 1995, as part of the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques (now Festival TransAmériques); directed by the author, set designed by Mario Bouchard, lights by Michel Beaulieu and costume by Amaya Clunère. Performed by Jean-Louis Millette, who went on to win as best actor in the Masques Awards. The work toured in 1998-99 (notably to Vancouver's Waterfront Theatre with Millette performing). It was meant to continue its tour, but when Millette died of a heart attack, all plans for subsequent performances were cancelled in deference to the memory of Millette's spell-binding performance. The work was revived in January, 2002, at Factory Theatre featuring Dennis O'Connor.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi is an odd but fascinating play about a francophone man who begins to speak after years of silence. However, now he speaks in English, but through the filter of a francophone mind. Why? "...what I'm looking for in life is to keep in touch..." he says at the play's beginning.

A flood of poetic words follows, laden with images of intense violence mixed with potent homo-eroticism.

Commentary by Gaetan Charlesbois. Additional information provided by Christopher Hoile.

Last updated 2022-01-17