OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL
In Marcel Dube's
play, French-Canadian children in the 1940's dream of life in a more
exciting milieu on the other side of the wall that encloses their
perceived dull tenement. A drama in which escape is tempting, but might
plummet them into an unknown, mysterious and perhaps dangerous world.
The children are fascinated by the proverbial 'greener grass' on
the other side of the fence. Prelude to Marcel Dube's more familiar
ZONE. Available in English translation at Playwrights Guild of Canada
and the Université de Montreal archives. One act. 4 males, 1 female.
First produced in French in 1952 by CBC TV, Montreal.
teenagers in Montreal are selling black market cigarettes. They dream of
escaping from their poverty-stricken environment and live a world of
luxury and happiness. During one operation the gang leader, Tarzan,
kills a border guard. A ruthless police interrogation uncovers the crime
and destroys Tarzan's illusions in the process. Only Ciboulette, his
girlfriend, true to the play's tragic end, refuses to relinquish their
dreams of freedom. The gang has fallen apart but the love between
Ciboulette and Tarzan remains intact. Two acts, 90 minutes long. One
female, 8 males. Original play in French by Marcel Dube. First produced
in English by the Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, 1977. Available at
Playwrights Guild of Canada.
"La Petite Injustice", by Raphael Levy available at
Playwrights Guild of Canada. "Strauss et Pesant" by Michel Garneau and
"63" by Robert Gurik are available at the Université de Montreal.