Howl Red

Written by:

Chantal Bilodeau, translation of a play by Étienne Lepage

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Growing Up
Relationships

Length:

90 min.

Synopsis:

Ten characters are caught on the spot in Howl Red, as if a door was cracked open on a moment in their lives. We don’t know where they come from or where they’re going. They talk, they scream, they say everything they mean and a few things they don’t mean and then the door closes again. What little we hear evokes the pleasure of being mean, the perverse satisfaction of doing wrong — like yelling at one’s grandmother or hurting someone for no reason. But it also reminds us of the crude, naïve and ridiculous sincerity of everyday life. (From the CPO Website.)

Characters:

The young ones:

VERONICA
FELICIA
DAVE
FRANCIS

The older ones:

ANDREW
MICHAEL
MELANIE
JOHN
BAMOKO
MRS. WHITE
VOICE OF THE FATHER

Doubling is possible.

First Produced:

Théâtre PàP, Montreal, 2009

Resources:

Howl Red is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Visit the playwright’s website here.

Notes:

“Howl Red has given me added insight into how we are the way we are, how we make choices, why we make choices, if there’s anything to life that isn’t mired in muck, and what I believe about faith and hope and humanity. Few pieces have ever made me this uncomfortable.” – Kimberley Dawn, GVPTA Blog: A Collection of Voices

“Howl Red was one of the funniest plays I have ever seen (heard?). Thank you to all who brought this piece to Vancouver!” – Scott Button, Audience Member

(From the Jack Paterson Theatre Website)