“Taken together, A Clash of Symbols make a radical feminist dramatic statement proclaiming an immediate end to women’s compliance with patriarchal practices, authority, and traditions. The primary dynamics of the play arise from the dramatic conflict constructed between the performers on stage and the audience, whose active role is to serve as a microcosm of sexist and homophobic society… In most of the monologues the character makes a strong gesture casting off some item symbolizing the conventional feminine role she has played up to that moment and the oppression it signified.” (From “Introduction to A Clash of Symbols (La Nef des sorcières) by Marthe Blackburn, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicole Brossard, Odette Gagnon, Luce Guilbeault, Pol Pelletier, and France Théoret, Introduced by Louise H. Forsyth” in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986))
A MAD ACTRESS
THE CHANGE OF LIFE
Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde, Montréal, 1976
A Clash of Symbols is available through Playwrights Canada Press in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986), edited by Louise H Forsyth.
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