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UMFK to host bilingual play "Les Sacrés Monologues"

October 20, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Franco theater troupe Du monde d' à côté will present a bilingual play, "Les Sacrés Monologues", by the acclaimed Franco-American playwright Grégoire Chabot on Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium.

The performance is sponsored by UMFK's Diversity Programming.

Les Sacrés Monologues is a two-hour plus intermission performance that features four monologues and a one-act comedy. Two monologues will be presented in French and two in English. The one-act comedy will be presented in French.

The play is made up of a number of monologues and dialogs, each one capturing the main character at a major turning point in his or her life. Characters depicted are all Franco-Americans and/or Acadians.

The evening's performance will consist of the following four monologues: "Lucienne", (in French), has the main character reviewing two major life events she thinks she should have handled better; "Simone" (in English) describes a few of the issues that a 20-something girl has to deal with as she tries to adapt to being a maid for a rich family down south, after spending her early years on a potato farm up north; "Zithée" (in French) showcases the reaction of a woman who has just realized she is pregnant for the seventeenth time, and the decisions she makes as a result; and "Pauv' Jeanne d'Arc, a est folle come braque" is a short, one-act comedy (in French) that shows how today's multiple layers of bureaucracy can place major obstacles on the road to sainthood.

The one-act comedy is a fifteen minute scene (in French) from a full-length play called "Tout comme au bon vieux temps" depicts how easy it is to lose what seemed to be such an important part of one's past, and how impossible it is to recover what has been lost. In spite of the description, this actually is a fairly light piece.

Playwright Gregoire Chabot grew up in Waterville, Maine. He has also ties to the St. John Valley as his mother was from St. Agathe.

He makes his living as a writer in English, but he writes in French in order to survive as a Franco-American. Chabot has earned widespread acclaim for his 1977 play "Un Jacques Cartier Errant". He also is owner of Chabot, INK, a New Hampshire marketing, communications and consulting firm. Chabot is a 1960 graduate of Colby College.

Musical accompaniment for the three actual monologues is provided by Erica Brown, a young Franco-American fiddler from Lewiston.

Admission to the play is $3 for adults and is free to UMFK students, faculty and staff.

For more information on the performance, contact Katharine Harrington at (207) 834-7629.