Through this play, a story of a mother and child is revealed to us. This young boy is carrying a disease that destroys the environment around him and his mother is unsure of how to deal with it.
Play Title: Kleenex
Author: David Paquet (Translation by Chantal Bilodeau)
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: N/A
Character Breakdown: One female
One-person show (no character name)
Time Period: Distant future
Synopsis of Play: This short play follows the script of one woman who has to face major obstacles involving her son. The play opens with her saying, “my son has such bad breath-it kills the plant’. She goes on to tell about their cat, Kleenex, who ran away after going blind from being around her son. She admits to the audience that she abandoned her son at a bus stop and sent him far away. That night, the woman watched the news and found out one of the last places that still was naturally vegetative, has been wiped out. The news reporter interviews a young boy about why he is so calm in a place filled with chaos and devastation. The boy smiles, holds up Kleenex, and says its because of him (pointing to the cat). As he talks into the microphone, it melts. We can refer that the boy has been affected by some major environmental disaster which has led to a serious disease. This disease that the boy has kills everything in his path, including the vegetation described in the play.
First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed for the Climate Change Theatre Action 2017; exact date is unknown.
First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017
Performance History: This short play has been performed at various venues across the world as a part of the Climate Change Theater Action 2017. Among these venues were, Iowa State University.
Biography of Author: David Paquet is a 2006 graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. Hhis plays Porc-epic, 2h14, Appels Entrants Illimites, Les Grands-meres mortes (co-written with Karine Sauve), and Le Brasier have been presented in North America and Europe, and have received several prozes including the Governor General’s Award, the Prix Michel-Tremblay, he also wrote, directed, and performed in the stand-up poetry show Papiers Maches as part of an artist residency with the Theatre D’aujourd’hui. . [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo