Deceitful Above All Things

Written by:

Genevieve Adam

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 2
  • Men: 3
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Loyalty
Morality
Pregnancy
Religion
Transformation
Women

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2014

Synopsis:

Montreal, 1667: two unlikely friends and immigrant women to the New World (one married to a farmer but secretly in love with a priest, the other a pious but pregnant outcast) must band together to survive their first brutal winter in New France in Deceitful Above All Things.

Characters:

Anne du Beauney (later Anne Bilodeau) – 25-35, an aristocratic Frenchwoman, fiery and stubborn

Marguerite Perron – 20-30, an orphaned Frenchwoman, “the quiet woman”

Mme. Etienne – 35-45, a chaperon and matchmaker, charming and persuasive

Father Francois – 30-40, a Jesuit priest

Amable Bilodeau – 30-40, former soldier, now prosperous farmer, self-made success

Toussaint Langlois – 30-40, half-French, half-Wendat fur trader and coureur de bois, “outside the law”

Catherine (also called Genesse) – 25-35, a visionary from the Mohawk nation who has converted to Christianity

First Produced:

Factory Theatre, Summerworks, 2015

Resources:

Please contact the playwright directly at genevieveclaireadam@gmail.com for access to the script for Deceitful Above All Things.

Deceitful Above All Things can also be accessed at the Canadian Play Outlet.

Warnings:

Sexuality, violence, coarse language.

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