Michel Marc Bouchard

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Michel Marc Bouchard, OC CQ (born February 2, 1958) is a Canadian playwright.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Quebec, he studied theatre at the University of Ottawa. Bouchard made his professional playwriting debut in 1983 and since then has written some 25 plays.

His best-known work is the play Lilies, which was produced as the movie Lilies by John Greyson. His play The Madonna Painter (Le Peintre des madones) has been translated into English and in 2010 was being performed in Canadian venues and receiving favorable reviews.[2] It premiered in Toronto at the Factory Theatre, November 19, 2009.[3]

His other plays have included The Coronation Voyage (Le voyage du Couronnement), The Orphan Muses (Les Muses orphelines), Down Dangerous Passes Road (Le chemin des Passes-dangereuses), Written on Water (Les manuscrits du déluge) and Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme). Film director and screenwriter Xavier Dolan's 2013 film Tom at the Farm is an adaptation of Bouchard's play.

He has received the Prix Journal de Montreal, Prix du Cercle des critiques de l'Outaouais, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and nine Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for the Vancouver productions of Lilies and The Orphan Muses.

In 2012, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michel Marc Bouchard at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Bouchard play paints bleak period in Canadian history Screwed-up women difficult to like in catfight-filled Mrs. Klein" reviews by Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier November 19, 2010, accessed November 19, 2010
  3. ^ "The Madonna Painter: Small town drama" review by J. Kelly Nestruck in The Globe and Mail Nov. 24, 2009, last updated Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 accessed November 19, 2010
  4. ^ "Les récipiendaires de l'Ordre national du Québec" (in French). 

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