(Translated from Le Brasier by Governor-General’s Award-winning playwright David Paquet)
Winner of the Prix BMO as well as the international francophone Prix Sony Labou Tansi, nominated for the Prix Michel-Tremblay, Le Brasier has been produced in Belgium, Switzerland, and Canada.
Three very odd triplets are consumed by suffering; an unusual couple is inflamed by love; a lonely woman's heart is kindled by forbidden desire. Somewhere between black comedy and Greek tragedy, this ferocious, poetic, and tightly structured mini-epic is an exploration of heredity and fate that also leaves room for the individual. Doomed to the flames by their very nature, Paquet's seemingly ordinary characters nevertheless choose to struggle against their solitude in ways that are by turns hilarious, touching, and cruel… while managing to remain both relatable and astonishing.
Cast: Six characters can be doubled by as few as three performers.
The first production, at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, was co-produced by L’Homme Allumette. Wildfire, the English translation of Le Brasier, was commissioned by Talisman Theatre.
“Both tragic and hilarious, David Paquet’s ferociously original Le Brasier is filled with brilliant and surprising insights that communicate the highly sensitive vision of the world of this young Québec playwright.” – 7e ciel, Journal Métro
”A work whose comic aspect, mingled with oddness, does not obscure its profound theme .” – Revue Jeu
”David Paquet affirms humanity with unsparing candour.” –Mat.tv
”Well done, M. Paquet! Thank you for this infernally lucid play.” – atuvu.ca
This original production at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui was brought back by popular demand. It later toured the Montréal region, and was remounted at Usine C in March 2019. Directed by Philippe Cyr, it feaured set and costumes by Odile Gamache and lighting by Cédric Delorme-Bouchard. Photo by Julie Artacho. L-R: Paul Ahmarani, Kathleen Fortin, Dominique Quesnel.
Amanda Silveira and Adam Capriolo read Carol and Callum.
A public reading of Wildfire at Playwrights Workshop Montréal in Nov. 2018 was directed by Rachel Peake and also featured Samantha Bitonti. This workshop and reading was produced by PWM in collaboration with Talisman Theatre, which commissioned the translation.