Les filles du quoi?

[Version francaise à venir prochainement]

My new bilingual solo show is an ode to ancestors and distant relatives on both sides of the U.S./Canada border. Based on my own experiences as a settler, immigrant, and white lady, the show explores connections between ancestors and descendants, self and community, Jack Kerouac and Céline Dion.

 

UPCOMING WORK-IN-PROGRESS PERFORMANCES

Saturday, 27 April, 7:00pm
Rassemblement/Gathering
Franco-American Center, Orono, ME
(Pre-registration required)

Friday, 3 May, 7:00pm
Theatre Open Space (Theatre New Brunswick)
55 Whiting Rd., Frederiction, NB
Admission by donation

Thursday, 9 May, 5:00pm
Centre Culturel Aberdeen
140 rue Botsford, Moncton, NB
Admission by donation

 

ABOUT THE SHOW

I am a tenth generation settler, the descendant of both French and English colonizers. My ancestors have inhabited region between the St. Lawrence River Valley and Massachusetts Bay since the seventeenth century, and I was born and raised in northern Vermont, near Lake Champlain and the U.S./Canada border. In 2008, after marrying a Canadian, I immigrated Quebec, almost one-hundred years after two of my great-grandparents migrated in the opposite direction. The past decade has changed my relationships with both of my countries and  refined my identity as a Franco-American — an identity that is differently invisible on both sides of the border, an identity that both connects me to and excludes me from francophone and anglophone communities where I live.

With Les filles du quoi?, I question borders of various kinds — between French and English, the past and the present, the living and the dead, here and there, us and them — and explore how we use stories to build a sense of history and identity. Occupying the theatrical territory between stand-up, drag, Ted talks, and kitchen parties, this show enacts an intimate and celebratory search for a linguistic and cultural identity that transcends borders.

This project is supported by New Brunswick Arts Board and the Canada Council on the Arts.

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