Marie, Madeleine, and the Statue are trapped, each in her setting, as flies in amber. Yet though they cannot touch or meet, these extraordinary women will still reach out and connect in ways they would never have expected – or imagined.
On May 23rd and 24th, 2020, Montreal company Snowglobe Theatre broadcasts live its first online theatrical production, “The Fairies are Thirsty” – a translation of the original French “Les fées ont soif” by Québec playwright Denise Boucher.
Met with cries for censorship or an outright ban at the original 1979 production, “The Fairies are Thirsty” continues to enjoy relevancy and productions to this day. This ironic, tragic and liberating work explores three women archetypes struggling with the gender politics of the Quiet Revolution in Montreal, daring us to picture a world free of regressive gender roles, and pleading with us to see women for whom and what they themselves yearn to be.
Snowglobe Theatre is pleased to present this entirely virtual production in a show of solidarity with the artistic community in exile at home – “the best time to hold a special celebration of theatre during a time when traditional theatre is impossible,” says Artistic Director Peter Giser.
Viewing of the production is pay-what-you-can as a fundraiser to help Snowglobe recoup the costs for the cancelled stage show originally planned to open this May. The company holds hope that it will be able to bring the show to Montreal audiences in a fully staged iteration in the future.
Snowglobe Theatre presents
The Fairies Are Thirsty
a play by Denise Boucher
translated to English by Alan Brown
directed by Kieran Hunt
Marie: Sabrina Auclair
Statue: Camila Fitzgibbon
Madeleine: Sandra Lee
Saturday, May 23rd from 8pm to 9pm EST
Sunday, May 24th from 8pm to 9pm EST
The show link will be available on Snowglobe’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/226717128634371/