Shards (Far West)

Written by:

Emmanuelle Roy, translated by Don Druick

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 1
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Quebec Theatre
Translation

Themes:

Community
Family
History
Identity

Year Written:

2002

Synopsis:

“In Shards (Far West), Anath Marcheterre is a young archaeologist. Her dig at the Hopewell site in search of remains of North America’s first peoples parallels her personal search for her own sense of identity and community, for knowledge about family origins, and for memories of her past. When the play begins, the object of her search has been shattered into shards and either hidden or left to be forgotten.

Emmanuelle Roy’s Shards offers a rich kaleidoscope of women’s desires and their relationships with each other: daughters, mothers, ancestors, rivals, friends, enemies, new acquaintances and strangers. The desires are gradually coming to the surface and being recognized. The relationships cross broad expanses of space, time and cultures.” (From “Introduction to Shards (Far West) by Emmanuelle Roy, Introduced by Louise H. Forsyth” in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume Two (1987-2003))

Characters:

ANATH MARCHETERRE, the archaeologist

NUMA DUBÉ, the doorman

DIANE WALKER, the owner of the bar

AMALTHÉE BEAUDOIN, the customer

ROSE, the waitress

SEDNA, the singer

First Produced:

Théâtre Face Public, Sept-Îles, 2002. Thèâtre Prospéro, Montréal, 2002.

Resources:

Shards (Far West) is available through Playwrights Canada Press in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume Two (1987-2003), edited by Louise H Forsyth.

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