The playwright Normand Chaurette is gone


Quebec playwright Normand Chaurette died Wednesday at the age of 68 The print his agency, Goodwin.

Updated August 31

Alice Girard-Bosse

Alice Girard-Bosse
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“I can’t believe that person no longer exists on Earth. I wished him a happy birthday on July 9th. He was only 68, “drops Quebec actor, director and director Yves Desgagnés, who has worked with Normand Chaurette since 1982.

He is an extremely important figure in Quebec dramaturgy and above all one of Shakespeare’s world specialists. He was a kind of poet of the French language.

Yves Desgagnes

Normand Chaurette is the author of 12 plays published since 1980. He has won the Governor General’s Literary Award four times, for crossing of Indiana, Little Kochel, What dies last and its proof how to kill Shakespeare. He is also the author of a novel, Scenes for children, and some short stories published for the most part by Leméac Éditeur. He has also translated and adapted several of Shakespeare’s plays for Quebec productions.

The Queen’s it was the first Canadian play performed at the Comédie-Française. Many of his works have also been successful abroad, such as for example Meti’s companys, played in Italy, while crossing of Indiana And Little Kochel premiered at the Avignon Festival in a staging by Denis Marleau.

Yves Desgagnés will remember Normand Chaurette as a lover of actors and theater, a “being of great culture” and a “great teacher”. Mr. Chaurette until recently taught in the drama section of the National Theater School. “He has trained many students in dramaturgy,” he says.

One last tribute

“I am amazed by this sudden disappearance, confides the artistic and general director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM), Lorraine Pintal. This is sad, sad news. The TNM had presented its show last November The Queen’sdirected by Denis Marleau.

The great luck we had, without knowing it, was to pay homage to him through this masterpiece, not knowing that it would disappear in the coming months.

Lorraine Pintal, director of the NWT

Mr. Chaurette had attended the play and the readings on several occasions. “It was very enlightening in his words,” said Ms.myself Pintal, who describes him as a “secret” man, “rather shy” and “who did not seek the light at all”.

Remembering his work

To honor his memory, Yves Desgagnés invites the public “to read or reread all of Normand Chaurette’s work”.

Lorena Pintal agrees. “The duty of artists is to bring Normand Chaurette back to life and make his voice heard again. There are a lot of the pieces of him that haven’t been done in a long time, like Little Kochel. “

He would like Normand Chaurette’s work to be studied in schools. “It must be read by young people, because it is an accessible theater. Theater schools have to recite it. So we will remember it, otherwise the work will die ”, he concludes.


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