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Playwright immerses herself in Gabrielle Roy’s world to muse on warmest season5 minute read Yesterday at 2:00 AM CDT
Not satisfied with taking a walk in Gabrielle Roy’s shoes, Marie-Ève Fontaine decided to sleep in the famed author’s bed.
The St. Boniface theatre artist was searching for inspiration five years ago when she was commissioned by Théâtre Cercle Molière to adapt Cet été qui chantait, an epistolary collection of naturalistic memories written by Roy in the evening hours of her literary heyday.
Compiled in 1972, released in English as The Summer That Sang, Cet été was inspired by the writer’s summertime writing enclave, a cabin in the Quebec town of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François.
From that cabin, Roy observed simple natural phenomena, capturing the drama and comedy of living creatures through a lens of youthful innocence and wonder, an experience Fontaine recreates in her hour-long puppet play, recommended for Grade 3 and up.
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