Why Are You Crying?

Written by:

Christian Bégin, Translated by Leanna Brodie

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Comedy
Drama

Themes:

Abuse
Family
Parenthood
Siblings
Social Justice

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2016

Synopsis:

The death of an overbearing father; an inheritance worth more than five million dollars to be distributed “according to individual need”; and suddenly the value system of a mother and her four children is seriously put to the test. What qualifies as a “need”? Ambition, the settling of scores, or a dream? As past and present interweave with dark humour, family secrets come to light in Why Are You Crying?

Characters:

Yvon Bérubé: A predator, a despot, an abuser, disguised as a good dad.

Colette Bérubé née Dumais: Age 80. A woman of character, loving and overprotective of her tribe.

Roger Bérubé: Age 56. The eldest child. He has to keep his homosexuality in the shadows.

France Bérubé: Age 54. Twin sister of Manon. Not really capable of commitment. MBA and criminal lawyer. Defends the indefensible.

Manon Bérubé: Age 54. Twin sister of France. Spent 13 years in a religious community in the hope of finding meaning in her life, and also in order to “escape” the clutches of the family by imprisoning herself inside another.

Guillaume Bérubé (1964- ): Age 51. High-level functionary. An angry dandy. Cynical, lucid, trapped.

First Produced:

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM) in collaboration with Les Éternels Pigistes, Montreal, QC, 2016

Resources:

Inquiries about Why Are You Crying? can be sent to the playwright’s website. See also: the CEAD website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Original French title: Pourquoi tu Pleures?

Translation originally commissioned by Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vancouver, BC.