Evidence to the Contrary

By Hélène Pedneault
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Evidence to the Contrary
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Lena Fulvi has been arrested for the murder of her mother. She insists it was an accident, but she has been accused by a nurse in the hospital who saw her do the deed. Her sisters willingly testify against her. But the Inspector questioning Lena is not convinced that it is an ... Read more


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Lena Fulvi has been arrested for the murder of her mother. She insists it was an accident, but she has been accused by a nurse in the hospital who saw her do the deed. Her sisters willingly testify against her. But the Inspector questioning Lena is not convinced that it is an open and shut case. He probes the pain and darkness that Lena conceals beneath a sophisticated veneer, embarking on a journey with her that changes them both.

Since its Montreal premiere in 1988, La Déposition (Evidence to the Contrary) has had over 150 performances in Québec alone and has had considerable international success. Readings at the Soho Repertory and Double Image theatres in New York in 1989 were followed by a Dutch translation and performance in Amsterdam in 1990. The play toured France in 1991 and was published there by Editions Actes Sud. It was staged at the Avignon Festival in both 1991 and 1993 and was translated into German and broadcast on German radio in 1993. In 1994 it went into production in London, and was translated into Spanish and Italian.

Linda Gaboriau

A major figure in Quebec theatre, MICHEL TREMBLAY has built an impressive body of work as a playwright, novelist, translator, and screenwriter. To date, Michel’s complete works include 29 plays (including 2 theatrical adaptations of his own work); 30 novels; 6 collections of autobiographical stories; a collection of tales; 7 screenplays; 46 translations/adaptations of works by foreign writers; 9 plays and 12 stories printed in diverse publications; an opera libretto; a song cycle; a Symphonic Christmas Tale and 2 musicals. His plays have been published and translated into 40 languages and have garnered critical acclaim in Canada, the United States, and more than 50 countries around the world. His name can be found in the Larousse and Robert Dictionaries, the Who’s Who Encyclopedia, the Dictionary of International Biography and the Encyclopedia Britannica. During his career, Michel has received more than 80 prizes, citations and honours including the Grand Prix de la Francophonie, awarded by the Académie française in 2018, as well as the Prince Pierre de Monaco Literary Prize and the Prix Gilles-Corbeil for his contribution to the arts in 2017. A six-time winner of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, he won nine Chalmers Awards and five Grand Prix du public presented during Montreal’s annual book fair le Salon du livre. In 1999, he was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. He has also received six honorary doctorates.

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