On May 17 at 8pm, five actors will perform Hope Town by Quebec playwright Pascale Renaud-Hébert at the Canadian Cultural Centre, in partnership with Les francophonies – Des écritures à la scène! The theatrical reading will be followed by an online conversation with the playwright. Book your seat!
Isabelle is on holiday in Gaspésie with her boyfriend Francis. In a fast-food restaurant in Hope Town, she runs into her brother Olivier, who disappeared six years ago at the age of 16. The man who vanished without a trace, plunging his family into anguish, is standing there in front of her, selling sandwiches. What happened? Did he leave the family home of his own free will? Why did he leave without explanation? The young woman is confronted with a brutal and shocking truth.
Hope Town by Quebec playwright Pascale Renaud-Hébert questions the notion of filial love and authenticity in relationships within a family. How much truth and how much deception exist in the bonds that bind our lives together? What steps can we take to free ourselves and how can those around us restrict our need for freedom?
Compagnie La nuit te soupire – Cast: Fatima Aïbout, Nicolas Hardy, Maïka Louakairim, Marcel Mankita and Anthony Thibault
An evening in partnership with Les francophonies – Des écritures à la scène.
Pascale Renaud-Hébert graduated from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 2014. After graduating, she founded the Collectif du Vestiaire and worked as an actress, author and director. She has written several plays (Le Jeu, Sauver des vies, Princesse de Personne) and has been working in the world of improvisation with the Ligue d’improvisation montréalaise since 2011. During the opening of the Festival Les francophonies – Des écritures à la scène in September 2021, her play Hope Town (2019) was awarded “Prix de Dramaturgie Francophone 2021” by the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques (SACD).