You Are Happy

By Rébecca Déraspe
Translated by Leanna Brodie

You Are Happy
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Bridget finds her brother Jeremy in a closet attempting suicide. Again. Determined to help him find some kind of happiness, she carts around grocery stores looking for his potential wife. Bridget’s search affirms what she already thinks: there are couples practically everywhere. ... Read more


Overview

Bridget finds her brother Jeremy in a closet attempting suicide. Again. Determined to help him find some kind of happiness, she carts around grocery stores looking for his potential wife. Bridget’s search affirms what she already thinks: there are couples practically everywhere. Eventually finding her way into the aisle with the razor blades, she meets Chloe and her plans to stage a happily-ever-after are finally set.

Rébecca Déraspe

Rebecca Deraspe graduated from the playwriting program of the National Theatre School of Canada in May 2010. She is the author of several plays which have been translated and produced internationally, including Deux ans de votre vie (English title: You Are Happy); Gametes (English title: Gametes); Je suis William (English title: I Am William); Faire la leçon (English title: The Lessons); Plus que toi; Peau d'ours; Nino; Le merveilleux voyage de Real de Montreal; Partout ailleurs; Nos petits doigts; Ceux qui se sont evapores; and Fanny. She is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Montreal's Thetre la Licorne. Her work has been awarded the 2010 Prix BMO (for You Are Happy); the 2017 Montreal theatre critics' prize for Best New Play (Gametes); the 2018 Montreal theatre critics' prize for Best New Play for Young Audiences as well as the Prix Louise-Lahaye (I Am William); and most recently, the Prix Michel-Tremblay, for her new play Ceux qui se sont evapores. She is also the writer and host of the web series Le lexique de la polemique, produced and distributed by Savoir Media.

Leanna Brodie

Leanna Brodie is an actor, translator, and playwright: The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse, published by Talonbooks, are regularly performed across Canada. Ulla’s Odyssey, her award-winning opera with Anthony Young, has toured the UK. Her numerous translations include works by Théâtre Motus’ Hélène Ducharme (whose acclaimed Baobab has toured North America and China with over six hundred performances) and Christian Bégin (whose After Meearned five Jessie nominations for Ruby Slippers Theatre) as well as Catherine Léger’s Opium 37, Rébecca Déraspe’s You Are Happy, and Louise Bombardier’s My Mother Dog (published by Playwrights Canada Press) She has been playwright-in-residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and Gateway Theatre, and is currently an Associate of Playwrights Theatre Centre. Ruby Slippers premiered her translation of Catherine Léger’s I Lost My Husband! at the Gateway in March 2018, and sold out the entire run. www.leannabrodie.com

Excerpt

“You’re happy You’re telling yourselves at last my pillows’ll be divided into two distinct halves One on the left side of my bedOne on the right My hypothetical crabs will stay between Jeremy and myself You think well that’s a relief.I’ll finally be able to share my Hydro bills That’s pretty significant in your opinion Not to mention that a single woman Is someone who might steal your man You smile Or that a single woman Is someone you might sleep with and ruin your nice relationship Yeah you’re very happy.”

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