Public Disorder

Written by:

Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn Brebner

Cast Size:
26+

Roles For:

  • Men: 12
  • People of Colour: 1
  • Women: 11

Genre:

Quebec Theatre
Translation

Themes:

Loneliness
Relationships
Self-Esteem
Society

Year Written:

2004

Synopsis:

“The character who serves as the focal point in Public Disorder is a young, unemployed actor, who does not understand why he no longer has work, is never invited to auditions, and does not even have the opportunity of doing commercials. He is using public transportation in a large city, that is to say he is in a bus with several other passengers who get on and off as the play progresses. The public disorder arises on the bus from the ability he suddenly develops, and from which he cannot escape, to share the unspoken thoughts and feelings of those around him.

His reaction and response to these thoughts and feelings, including their revelation of his own distorted view of himself and of the world, cause considerable upset for him and the others. In fact, the disorder is not only in him but shared in one form or another by everyone else. The dramatic conflict of he play derives from the resistance within himself and when confronted by others to such clairvoyance and to the enigmatic human solidarity it illumines.” (From “Introduction to Public Disorder (Désorde public)” in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume Three 1997-2009))

Characters:

Alex

Andre

Ariane

Brian

Chinese Person

Cop

Daniel

Emily

Erwin

Father

Jacqueline

Jocelyne

Lady

Louis

Man

Marie-Christine

Max

Mother

Nathalie

Old Man

Old Woman

Patrick

Pauline

Ricardo

Stephane

Woman

Other Characters

NOTE: Both premiere productions used double casting with 8 actors.

First Produced:

Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, 2004. Espace Go, 2006.

Resources:

Public Disorder is available through Playwrights Canada Press in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume Three 1997-2009), edited by Louise H Forsyth.

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