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Catherine Léger; Translated by Leanna Brodie

Playwrights Canada Press

In this English translation by Leanna Brodie, the lives of Parisian artists intersect on the eve of World War as they struggle with the meaning of life and art. 


On the eve of World War II, in a Parisian café, Anaïs Nin and June Miller meet again after spending years apart. There, they share the space with some of Paris’s notorious and eccentric artists who are an orchestra of contrasting voices, reflecting on art and misery, creativity and identity, female sexuality and power. They battle with words and wills, a lingering violence in the air. Inspired by the lives of Nin, Miller, and Antonin Artaud, Catherine Léger explores the language of power and the role of art for its creator and the world around them.


Leanna Brodie is an actor, writer, and translator. She has written the CBC Radio dramas Invisible City and Seeds of Our Destruction as well as several stage plays, including The Vic and The Book of Esther, among several others. Leanna lives in British Columbia.

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