Outside

Written by:

Gilles Poulin-Denis, translation by Leanna Brodie

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Family
Siblings
Trauma
War

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2017

Synopsis:

In Outside, war correspondent Arthur Christopher returns to his remote village after a fourteen-year absence for the reading of his father’s will… only to be met by the business end of a rifle held by his younger brother Arnold. As Arthur struggles to break through Arnold’s rage and sense of abandonment, he is haunted by the war-torn environment he has just come from… and increasingly, by a vision of a blonde bear roaming the nearby forest. And then there is the young local woman who seems to embody all the contradictions of his birthplace, the ones he had tried to leave behind.

In Gilles Poulin-Denis’s gripping and epic exploration of the links between violence and alienation, the wars within families mirror our fratricidal modern conflicts between tribes and nations. And there are so many ways to find ourselves “outside”. This powerfully theatrical play by the Governor General’s Award-nominated author of Rearview and co-writer of Straightjacket Winter was broadcast on Radio-Canada after an acclaimed production that toured three provinces.

Characters:

Arthur Christopher
Arnold Christopher
Michael
Lynn
Dr. Emdi
Hound
Illiana
Virginia
Walter Bodnar
Jif
Blonde Bear
Lionel Charren

First Produced:

Hôtel-Motel in collaboration with Théâtre Cercle Molière, Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Montreal, QC, 2017

Resources:

Inquiries about Outside can be sent to the playwright’s website. See also: the CEAD website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Characters also include one young boy, omitted from the main character list, who appears silently. He may be able to be portrayed by projection.

2F/4M casting is possible with doubling.

Original French title: Dehors