You Are Happy – my translation of Rébecca Déraspe's sparkling hit comedy, Deux ans de votre vie, recently published by Playwrights Canada Press – has just been nominated for the prestigious Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award. This national competition recognizes a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada who, in the opinion of the jury, has written the year's best unproduced comedy script.
I am delighted that the jury has recognized a play in translation, thus widening the door for the vibrant work by a new generation of francophone playwrights in Canada. I am thrilled that this exciting young woman – an award-winning writer of intelligent and original comedy whose work I deeply believe in – is now getting this kind of well-deserved recognition in our other official language. And I have renewed my determination to see this play produced in English (did I mention that it has not yet been produced?!)
Congratulations to our fellow nominees, Briana Brown and Kristen Da Silva, and to all the Tom Hendry nominees. And Rébecca, je me croise les doigts pour le 30 octobre!