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Lucky Lady and Le Chien

Lucky Lady and Le Chien

Jean Marc Dalpé; Translated by Robert Dickson & Maureen Labonté

Playwrights Canada Press

Two plays from one of Quebec’s most beloved playwrights, Jean Marc Dalpé.


Jay returns to his northern Ontario hometown, seeking reconciliation with a father, a family, and a life he left seven years ago. The world he returns to is one of anger and violence, a world raw with hurt, and love. Winner of the 1988 Governor General’s Literary Award, Jean Marc Dalpé’s Le Chien is a modern tragedy set in the desolation and beauty of the North about the fine line between love and hate, and the impossibility of burying the past.


Despite their dreams of wealth, fame, and success, Bernie and his friends are going nowhere fast. When a horse-racing scheme presents itself, the group decides to gamble their meagre savings, intertwining their lives with the fortunes of a horse. Lucky Lady is an exhilarating comedy, published here for the first time in English.


Jean Marc Dalpé is a three-time recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award and has written several highly acclaimed plays including Le Chien, Ed-dy, Lucky Lady, and Trick or Treat. After having lived for many years in Ontario, he now lives in Montreal with his partner Maureen Labonté and their daughter, Marielle.


Robert Dickson was a Canadian poet, translator, and academic. He worked as a professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and won the Governor General’s Literary Award for French poetry in 2002 for his book Humains paysages en temps de paix relative. He passed away in 2007.


Maureen Labonté is a dramaturge, translator, and teacher. She has also coordinated a number of play development programs in theatres and playwrights’ centres across the country. In 2006, she was named head of program for the Banff Playwrights Colony at the Banff Centre. She was dramaturge at the Colony from 2003–2005. She was also Literary Manager in charge of play development at the Shaw Festival from 2002–2004. Previous to that, she worked at the National Theatre School of Canada, first developing and running a pilot directing program and then coordinating the playwrighting programme and playwrights’ residency. She still teaches at NTS.

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