Playing Double

Written by:

Françoise Loranger, translated by Louise H. Forsyth

Cast Size:
14

Roles For:

  • Men: 7
  • Women: 7

Genre:

Quebec Theatre
Translation

Themes:

Education
Identity
Journey
Play Within a Play
School
Society

Year Written:

1969

Synopsis:

Playing Double (Double jeu) is a two-act play with fourteen characters: a night-school teacher and thirteen students… It is an experimental, multi-media play making extensive use of screen images, original music, and multiple stage areas. Created as a play within a play, it presents a group of adult night school students improvising on a short text previously handed out by their teacher.

The students improvisation leads most of them to overcome personal fears and inhibitions and so to generate energy as strong individuals and members of a dynamic group… However much of the play dramatizes the students reluctance to get involved… [and the] unspoken despair of their humdrum and meaningless lives will continue unless they are prepared to take risks and speak out.” (From “Introduction to Playing Double (Double jeau’) by Françoise Loranger, Introduced by Louise H. Forsyth” in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986))

Characters:

THE NIGHT SCHOOL TEACHER

STUDENTS:

  1. TEACHER (f.)
  2. TEACHER (m.)
  3. MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE (m.)
  4. BANK CLERK (m.)
  5. MUSICIAN (m.)
  6. SALESWOMAN (f.)
  7. SECRETARY (f.)
  8. MOTHER/HOMEMAKER (f.)
  9. LABORATORY ASSISTANT (m.)
  10. ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN (f.)
  11. HAIRDRESSER (f.)
  12. MUSICIAN (m.)
  13. ASSISTANT SOCIAL WORKER (m.)

First Produced:

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal, 1969

Resources:

Playing Double is available through Playwrights Canada Press in in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986), edited by Louise H Forsyth.

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