Two Steps from the Stars

By Jean-Rock Gaudreault
Translated by Linda Gaboriau

Two Steps from the Stars
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And here she is in person: Maggie. She appears on the sidewalk just as Junior makes a big decision: this very night, he's going to make a run for it to achieve his great dream of becoming an astronaut… You've got to run fast to escape from your childhood. You've got to run ... Read more


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And here she is in person: Maggie. She appears on the sidewalk just as Junior makes a big decision: this very night, he's going to make a run for it to achieve his great dream of becoming an astronaut… You've got to run fast to escape from your childhood. You've got to run fast to discover a larger world where you don't have to ask permission to be free. But sometimes it happens that a stowaway threatens to give away your secret unless… unless she can go with you for awhile… Sometimes the trains of childhood run very late. And rumours have a bit of truth to them… And what if the new world were only two steps away?

Jean-Rock Gaudreault

Jean-Rock Gaudreault is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canadaâ??s playwriting section. His first play, La Raccourcie, produced by Théâtre les gens dâ??en bas in 1997, was remounted and performed during the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal and was nominated for a Masque for best regional production in the same year. His play for young audiences, Mathieu trop court, François trop long was nominated for a Masque for best script in 1999. Mathieu François et les autresâ?¦ presented the play more than 250 times in Quebec and Europe. The English-language production, Matthew and Stephen, was produced in Canada and the United States in 2002. His second play for young audiences, Deux pas vers les étoiles, first produced by Mathieu François et les autresâ?¦ in 2002, has been performed almost 300 times in Quebec and France. It won the Rideau Vox Pares award and a Masque for best play for young audiences in 2003. Jean-Rock Gaudreault won the 2003 Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award for Deux pas vers les étoiles, which was produced (in French) in Tokyo, in 2004.

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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