Winter 1671

Written by:

Erika Ritter

Cast Size:
16

Roles For:

  • Men: 9
  • Women: 7

Genre:

Drama
Historical

Themes:

Canada
Immigration
Marriage
Quebec
Travel

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

1979

Synopsis:

“In Louis XIV’s New France, the law demands that all bachelors select brides from among the filles du roi sent to New France by King Louis. Difficulties arise when the young men and their intendeds confront one another in Winter 1671.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Renee Chauvreux, a village girl from Normandy. One of the filles du roi; about 20 years of age.

Philippe Rigault, a seigneur with considerable property ten miles from Quebec, and considerable in the town; about 35.

Esperance Couteau, a girl form the streets and orphanges – read jails – of Paris. A reluctant fille du roi, now a prostitute in Quebec; about 20.

Madeleine Masson, a well-bred girl from an old French seigneurial family, one of the filles du roi, now married to Gilles Masson. About 18.

Gilles Masson, formerly an enthusiastic Iroquois-hunting soldier, now a less enthusiastic farmer. Madeleine’s husband; about 25.

Maurice Simard, an unhappy clerk in Dumas’ office. In love with Esperance; about 25.

Jean-Guy Dumas, the right-hand man to Intendant Jean Talon; about 40.

Madame Bourdon, an influential Quebec widow who serves as a chaperone to the girls who cross the Atlantic; about 60.

Pierre Beaudette / Jeanne Marie Beaudette / Trader / Cecile/Mother Superior / Yvette/Nun / Charles / Claude / Sailor/Priest / Sailors, Officials & Townsmen / Musician

First Produced:

1979, Toronto Arts Productions

Resources:

Winter 1671 is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Find an overview of New France on The Canadian Encyclopedia here.