written & performed by Abby Paige
directed by Kim Allen Bent
The new one-woman show by acclaimed Vermont performer, Abby Paige, is an autobiographical exploration of ancestry, identity, and storytelling.
An American with French-Canadian roots immigrates to Canada, a century after her great-grandparents immigrated in the opposite direction.
She has questions:
What does “francophone” mean?
What’s the deal with the queen?
Why is Jack Kerouac the only Franco-American anyone’s ever heard of?
Is Céline Dion a witch?
With this comedic, bilingual one-woman show, writer and performer Abby Paige looks for answers, crossing the borders between English and French, the past and the present, the living and the dead, history (L’Histoire) and stories (les histoires).
The show is bilingual, but you don't have to be!
Not only is Abby an amazing actor, but subtitles will be in use (both in-person and live-stream) to aid in your understanding of the lines spoken in French.
Les Filles du QUOI? has received development support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the New Brunswick Arts Board.
Les Filles Du Quoi? plays 7:30pm Thu/Fri/Sat; and 2pm Sun June 16–26, 2022
due to multiple requests, the window to purchase ON Demand Recording Tickets has been extended to July 1
Les Filles Du Quoi? written & performed by ABBY PAIGE
directed by KIM A BENT
scenic design by CLAIBORNE H COYLE
lighting & projections design by SAMUEL J BIONDOLILLO and JAMIEN LUNDY FORREST
costume design & construction by NANCY SMITH
textile design & construction by DANIELLE HOGAN
stage manager: MARISSA MATTOGNO
production assistant: SARAH MENARD
(poster photo courtesy of Sarah Sarty; preliminary costume design Rachel Davies)
Check out this article in The Times Argus about the show!
"Ultimately, the show is about the borderlands of identity. Our sense of self shifts when we cross the boundary between countries, between languages, and also, in some sense, between times.
The poet Alice Notley says,
'I want to go as far back in time as / will comfort by causing my life not to have been. / But can never get far enough.”
I want to understand where I come from, beyond genetics, beyond genealogy, beyond history.'
- Abby Paige
"People who imagine that history flatters them are impaled on their history like a butterfly on a pin and become incapable of seeing or changing themselves, or the world.”
- James Baldwin
Hear from Abby & Kim - what they think about the show - and each other! HERE
Thanks to John Snell for this photo of Abby as Jack Kerouac
(photos courtesy of Sarah Sarty)