My Mother Dog

Written by:

Louise Bombardier, Leanna Brodie (English Translation)

Cast Size:
9

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama
Translation

Themes:

Death
Family
Parenthood
Relationships
Siblings

Length:

105 min.

Year Written:

2010

Synopsis:

My Mother Dog is a translation of Louise Bombardier’s play Ma mère chien. The last thirty-six hours in the life of a mother bring out all that is painful, difficult, and mythological in her relationship with her two adult daughters. The “good” eldest daughter sleeps and dreams at her bedside. Meanwhile, everyone is desperately trying to stave off this complex and cantankerous woman’s inevitable and agonizing end just long enough for her younger daughter–the artist, the wanderer–to return, make her peace, and say goodbye. Bombardier’s mother-daughter dance of death is by turns tender, brutal, oneiric, and deeply satisfying.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

CHARACTERS IN REALITY

MOTHER, 70: of humble origins, with a mixture of charm and violence peculiar to eternal childhood. / THE OLDER DAUGHTER, 48: introvert, author. / THE YOUNGER SISTER, 47: extrovert, actress. / FATHER: the girls’ father. Divorced. Attractive, debonair. / DR. DUMAS, 60: physician, in the death business, with the compassion of those accustomed to caring for the dying and those around them. / NURSE: charismatic nurse, working in palliative care and therefore equally accustomed to the rituals of death. Has a Spanish accent.

CHARACTERS IN DREAM

WEALTHY MOTHER: refined and attractive woman of the world, in love with her son. Toxic. / HER SON: experienced seducer, madly charming, worldly, alcoholic. Toxic. / ABORIGINAL WOMAN: ancestral figure, healer, mineral presence/ Animal mother.

First Produced:

2005 Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, Montreal

Resources:

My Mother Dog is available through the CPO Website and Playwrights Canada Press in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume Three (1997-2003).

For more information about Leanna Brodie and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this translator, click here.

Notes:

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