Through the Eyes

By Don Druick

Through the Eyes
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Through the Eyes is award-winning playwright Don Druick's acclaimed tour de force for a solo actor. Set in the Versailles of the Sun King, this play is the story of the great Italian artist, Gianlorenzo Bernini's visit to France in 1665. The Italian finds himself in an opulent ... Read more


Overview

Through the Eyes is award-winning playwright Don Druick's acclaimed tour de force for a solo actor. Set in the Versailles of the Sun King, this play is the story of the great Italian artist, Gianlorenzo Bernini's visit to France in 1665. The Italian finds himself in an opulent and dangerous world, bristling with cruelty and intrigue, tyrannized by passion and violence. Bernini is commissioned to carve a bust of the king; the resultant clash between these two great egos is fearsome to behold. Survival itself becomes a compelling issue.

Don Druick

Don Druick is a distinguished playwright, translator, a baroque flutist, and an avid bread baker. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Don Druick's plays and translations have been produced on stage, radio and television in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the USA. He has received twelve Canada Council grants in Theatre, Creative Writing, Performance Art; as well as grants from the Ministère des Affairs Culturale de Quèbec, the Japan-Canada Fund, the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Ontario Arts Council. Having lived in Vancouver and Montreal, Don Druick currently lives with artist Jane Buyers in Elmira Ontario, a small village 125 km west of Toronto. Don Druick's previous works include the award-winning plays Where is Kabuki?, Through The Eyes, Lie Doggo and the hit CBC radio series Recipe for Murder. He is presently working on a novel entitled THE NAME WE DIDN'T KNOW.

Reviews

"The script reveals Druick's verbal artistry: the evocation of the various characters and episodes is vivid; each interpolated character has its own rhythm; and the two-act piece is carefully constructed as a coherent whole through variations in pace and tone that are inscribed in the text. "
— U of T Quarterly, Winter 2006
"Druick's play. ... is a series of miniature scenes crackling with emotion and politics, created with tiny, subtle brush strokes. ... Music and a sense of rhythm infuse his work. "
— Jon Kaplan, Now
". ... one of Canada's finest playwrights. ..."
— Robert Crew, Toronto Star
"You can. ... almost smell the danger of the place. "
— Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
"From its very first moments, Druick conjures up the poisonous atmosphere of a world ruled by fear and rumour where truth is merely the whim of an absolute monarch. "
— Christopher Hoile, Eye
"Druick's script is vivid and delicate, a sensitive and sensuous piece of writing alive with colour and texture, its images polished like marble until they gleam. "

— Jill Lawless, Now
"The magic of Through The Eyes is that it captures the obscene opulence and the intricate, repressed relationships of the Court of Louis XIV. .. using only one actor and a bare stage. "
— Elisa Kukla, Eye

“The script reveals Druick’s verbal artistry: the evocation of the various characters and episodes is vivid; each interpolated character has its own rhythm; and the two-act piece is carefully constructed as a coherent whole through variations in pace and tone that are inscribed in the text. ”— U of T Quarterly, Winter 2006“Druick’s play. ... is a series of miniature scenes crackling with emotion and politics, created with tiny, subtle brush strokes. ... Music and a sense of rhythm infuse his work. ”— Jon Kaplan, Now“. ... one of Canada’s finest playwrights. ...”— Robert Crew, Toronto Star“You can. ... almost smell the danger of the place. ”— Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail“From its very first moments, Druick conjures up the poisonous atmosphere of a world ruled by fear and rumour where truth is merely the whim of an absolute monarch. ”— Christopher Hoile, Eye“Druick’s script is vivid and delicate, a sensitive and sensuous piece of writing alive with colour and texture, its images polished like marble until they gleam. ”— Jill Lawless, Now“The magic of Through The Eyes is that it captures the obscene opulence and the intricate, repressed relationships of the Court of Louis XIV. .. using only one actor and a bare stage. ”— Elisa Kukla, Eye

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