Date

Apr 25 2021 - May 09 2021
Ongoing...

Time

2:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Helen’s Necklace

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Photo Featuring: Susan Coyne and Sanjay Talwar by Cylla Von Tiedemann

Helen’s Necklace (available in English and French)

A Tarragon Acoustic Production in association with PlayME Podcast’s Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley

 

Written by: Carole Fréchette
Translated by:
John Murrell
Directed by:
Eda Holmes

Opening Apr 25, 2021

 

Apr 25, 2021 – May 9, 2021

Online

Helen wanders through a Middle Eastern city looking for a lost pearl necklace. In language as shimmering as the strand of pearls itself—its value isn’t what we initially think—Fréchette brings Helen into contact with a series of people, from a friendly taxi driver to a distraught mother and an angrily impassioned man. Helen’s world is irrevocably changed by her search for a trinket.

Carole Fréchette is the author of fifteen plays, which have been translated into twenty languages and staged all over the world. Fréchette was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2002, and has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Language Drama twice.

Helen’s Necklace was first produced at Tarragon in October 2003 and was remounted in November 2004.

 

Tarragon est fier de présenter Le Collier d’Hélène, une pièce qui jette un regard incisif sur le contraste entre le confort que nous prenons pour acquis et le précaire de la vie de tous les jours au Moyen-Orient.

Quelque part dans une ville chaude et dévastée par les combats, une touriste nord-américaine s’aperçoit tout à coup qu’elle a perdu son petit collier de perles blanches. Dans un élan un peu fou, elle se lance à la recherche de cet objet sans valeur auquel elle tient tout à coup très fort. Accompagnée d’un chauffeur de taxi qui la guide dans un dédale de décombres, Hélène va découvrir les entrailles de cette ville meurtrie dont les habitants opposent leur propre souffrance à son malheur, apparemment dérisoire.

 

Cast and Crew

Written by: Carole Fréchette

Translated by: John Murrell

Directed by: Eda Holmes

Featuring:
Laurence Dauphinais as Helen
Antoine Yared as Nabil & Others

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