Catriona Leger, John Doucet and Zach Counsil.
Young Lady in White was inspired by the artwork and photography of Raoul Hausmann, a Dadaist of the 20th century.
About the Play
November 2009. As the anniversary of the fall of the Wall approaches, Berlin is on the verge of destroying the last remnants of its past. One of the targeted houses contains a darkroom sheltering a photographic negative that dreams of being developed: the Young Lady in White. In March of 1933, as the political situation degenerates in Germany, her photographer leaves for an unusually long vacation, abandoning her in a mysterious photographic limbo. As she waits for his return with her friend Chada, the sketch of a Dadaist cat, she hopes, loses faith and believes again as she listens, watches outside and searches for meaning in the mystery of her existence. For 28 000 nights, she waits as history unfolds before her and her acute senses and imagination fill the gaps as she meets, in turn, a Nazi officer, a young East German man, a foreign student and a municipal engineer, each in their own way telltale characters of the century.
About the Playwright
Dominick Parenteau-Lebeuf is a playwright and screenwriter. Since graduating in dramatic writing from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1994, she’s written some 20 plays, some of which have been translated into Bulgarian, English, German,Italian and Spanish. Her first play, ‘Poème pour une nuit d’anniversaire’ won the 1995 Cartes Blanches aux auteurs event at the Théâtre Ouvert, in Paris. She subsequently won acclaim in Quebec with ‘Dévoilement devant notaire’, which received the Prix Gratien‑Gélinas (1998). After more than a decade of a flourishing career, she received the 2010 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for theatre by the Arts Council of Canada. Throughout her career, Dominick was awarded residencies at Montreal's Théâtre Le Carrousel; the international theatre festival Les Francophonies en Limousin in Limoges, France; the Royal Court Theatre of London; the Théâtre français de Toronto and the association ANETH in Paris. In 2011, she was writer-in-residence with the Festival Textes en l’air, in Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye, France, where she wrote ‘L’escalier’. That same year she took part in the Contes urbains at Théâtre La Licorne in Montreal with a text entitled ‘Les Cagoules rouges’. Her plays are published by Lansman éditeur.