My Mother Dog by Leanna Brodie
A translation of Louise Bombardier's play Ma mère chien. The last thirty-six hours in the life of a mother brings out all that is painful, difficult, and mythological in her relationship with her two adult daughters. The "good" eldest daughter sleeps and dreams at her bedside. Meanwhile, everyone is desperately trying to stave off this complex and cantankerous woman's inevitable and agonizing end just long enough for her younger daughter -- the artist, the wanderer -- to return, make her peace, and say good-bye. Bombardier's mother-daughter dance of death is by turns tender, brutal, oneiric, and deeply satisfying.
Keywords: mother-daughter relationships, death and dying, dysfunctional families, plays by women, parts for mature actresses
Year Printed: 2010
First produced in 2005 at Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, Montréal, QC.
Translation of a play by Louise Bombardier
Running TIme: 105 minutes
Male Cast: 4
Female Cast: 5
Anthology of Québec Women's Plays in Translation Vol. III (1997-2009)