“There’s an X on Elm Street in Dallas marking the place where Kennedy was shot…. All over Facebook, people ‘like’ photos of their friends standing on the X, on the very spot where a man was gunned down 50 years ago.” Claude Guilmain, AmericanDream.ca
Fragments of the American dream
A suspenseful, tender and comical tale where past and present collide. A family saga that reveals a quest for happiness thwarted by the vicissitudes of life. A road trip both personal and universal that questions our fascination with the American dream.
Part comedy of manners, part historical saga, Claude Guilmain’s ambitious trilogy AmericanDream.ca follows the story of the Cardinal family, whose branches have spread across America, from the days of John F. Kennedy to the events of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. First staged at the Zones Théâtrales biennial and reworked for this first full production by NAC French Theatre, the trilogy takes a multi-layered look at defining moments in history. As multimedia images flicker across the stage, the characters reveal glimpses of some deeply personal dramas of their own.
*** Presented in French with passages in English with French surtitles ***
Performance is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission and one short break including intermission