The Doorman of Windsor Station

By Julie Vincent
Translated by Hugh Hazelton
Preface by Javier Alfonso

The Doorman of Windsor Station
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Francisco will forever be haunted by the sight of his best friend Juan lying on the floor of a train station, pierced by five bullets. He’ll remember that sight as he flees the political uprising in Uruguay that night. He’ll remember when he’s holding a dying homeless ... Read more


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Francisco will forever be haunted by the sight of his best friend Juan lying on the floor of a train station, pierced by five bullets. He’ll remember that sight as he flees the political uprising in Uruguay that night. He’ll remember when he’s holding a dying homeless man in Windsor Station in Montreal eight months later. He’ll remember when he’s a successful architect. He’ll remember when he’s having an affair with a Québécoise pianist named Claire. He’ll remember when he’s much older, a vagrant sleeping in a café that was once part of Windsor Station, where he meets his son, an activist in the student strikes in Quebec.As he tries for a better life, Francisco’s past keeps finding him, until it blurs with the present in a series of hallucinations, challenging him to reclaim his identity and his rights.

Julie Vincent

Director, playwright, actor and professor Julie Vincent received the Golden Plaque Award for Best Actress at the International Film Festival of Chicago in 1979 for her role in Mourir à tue-tête (A Scream from Silence). She has also won the Special Jury Award at Évry, France, for her one-woman show Noir de monde. She has played leading roles in ten Canadian films and appeared on television in the series Cormoran and Virginie. In Tokyo she appeared as Joan of Arc in the oratorio Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger—a role she also played at Carnegie Hall in New York. She was a professor of improvisation and interpretation at the National Theatre School of Canada for over twenty years, and is now an artistic consultant at the École nationale de cirque in Montreal. She has recently acquired specialized training in oral storytelling at the Casa de Letras in Buenos Aires. Since 2005 Vincent has devoted herself to playwriting for her theatre company Singulier Pluriel. Her work is publis

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