The Weight of Ants

By (author): David Paquet

Translated by: Leanna Brodie

In this absurd and apocalyptic young-adult comedy filled with dazzling wit and wild imagination, two teenaged outsiders at “one of the worst schools in the country” seem to be the only ones who understand or care that the whole world is a mess. Joan responds by attacking everyone around her: Olivier retreats. But when they are forced to run against each other for student council, it unleashes their determination to change: the system, and themselves. Winner of the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in French.


Leanna Brodie

Leanna Brodie is an actress, writer, and literary translator of several works, including Sébastien Harrisson’s From Alaska, Hélène Ducharme’s Baobab, and Louise Bombardier’s My Mother Dog, to name a few. She has also written numerous plays that have toured Canada, as well as the CBC Radio dramas Invisible City and Seeds of Our Destruction. Most recently, Leanna attended Tapestry’s renowned composer-librettist laboratory, and has since worked on operas, including Opera on the Rocks. Her play The Book of Esther was published in 2012 by Talonbooks.


David Paquet

David Paquet is a graduate in playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada (2006) and lives in Montreal. His plays Porc-épic; 2h14; Appels entrants illimités; Les grands-mères mortes (co-authored with Karine Sauvé); Le Brasier; Histoires à plumes et à poils (co-authored with Érika Tremblay Roy and Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon); Le Soulier; Chansons pour le musée (co-authored with Karine Sauvé); Le Poids des fourmis; and Papiers mâchés and Le Voilier (manifeste du fragile), two one-man shows of stand-up poetry he performs himself, have gathered international praise and been produced in more than twelve countries all over North America and Europe. They have cumulatively won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Michel-Tremblay Award, the Sony-Labou-Tansi Award (twice), the Young Audiences Quebec Critics’ Choice Award (twice) and the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui Audience’s Choice Award.


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80 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * .25in


October 01, 2023



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