Thursday, September 14, 2006

Yanardagh - Quebec play salutes Azerbaijan's refugees

Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf is an accomplished Montreal playwright who wrote Rock ("Bascule"), one of five separate scenes in a 2001 French Quebec play Yanardagh, which dramatizes the plight of Azerbaijan's refugees forced from their homes by Armenians during the Karabakh conflict. This play, which was performed as recently as May 2004 in Quebec City, also includes scenes written by other top-notch Quebec dramatists, including My Grandmother's Diaries by Evelyne de la Chenlière, The Dream by Anne-Marie Provencher, The Marriage of Arif and Gulnara by Jean-Pierre Ronfard and Soviet by Robert Claing, who also directed the play. The work was inspired by photographs of Azeri IDPs (internally displaced people) forced from their ancestral homeland into dreadful conditions in makeshift Azerbaijan refugee camps, often old railway cars.


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