By Clarence Coo

A fifteen-year-old boy comes to a decision to accompany his critically depressed highschool French instructor on a highway journey to the Canadian province of Quebec, the place the mum tongue of Voltaire and Balzac remains to be spoken and loved. Clarence Coo’s enchanting new play is a scrumptious amalgam of farce and tragedy, a carnival funhouse with very darkish corners. Wildly artistic and heartbreakingly unhappy, the unusual odyssey of Jimmy and the unpredictable Mr. eco-friendly takes many amazing turns, crossing the border from truth into unreality and again back whereas encountering displaced characters from historical past, literature, and the mundane, usually harmful world.
 
Selected by way of Tony Award–winning playwright John Guare (House of Blue Leaves, Six levels of Separation, and others) from over 1,000 submissions from 29 international locations, Clarence Coo’s Beautiful Province is the 6th winner of the DC Horn Foundation/Yale Drama sequence Prize. In his foreword, Guare calls Coo’s paintings “elusive and haunting . . . humorous, determined, insane,” praising it for “its fascinating tale [and] its tone, sustained to the very end.” Lyrical and adventurous, Beautiful Province is an excellent new theatrical paintings, good deserving of those accolades and more.

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Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, Dormez-vous? — MR. GREEN No French. JIMMY You taught us that. MR. GREEN I know. But no French. Please. Pause. ) “Are you sleeping, are you sleeping, Brother John—” MR. GREEN No singing. JIMMY I can sing something else. MR. GREEN Thanks for offering, Jimmy. But not now. JIMMY It’s so funny to hear you call me that. MR. GREEN Your name? JIMMY In class you always called me Jacques. MR. GREEN We’re not in class. JIMMY So every time you sang “Frère Jacques,” I imagined you were singing it just for me.

Green drinks it. MR. GREEN Mmmm, full-bodied! WAITER Are you ready to order your light meal? MR. GREEN I sure am! The waiter gives mr. green a menu. MR. ) 48 Beautiful Province This is it? Salt? Bread? Salad? This is the Level One menu. Level One vocabulary! WAITER As you turn the pages, the vocabulary will become more advanced. mr. green turns the pages. MR. GREEN I see. WAITER The special for today is Braised Rabbit with Mustard. MR. GREEN What’s that like? WAITER A very young, nubile rabbit smothered in a saucy mélange of spicy and creamy.

WAITER As you turn the pages, the vocabulary will become more advanced. mr. green turns the pages. MR. GREEN I see. WAITER The special for today is Braised Rabbit with Mustard. MR. GREEN What’s that like? WAITER A very young, nubile rabbit smothered in a saucy mélange of spicy and creamy. It’s a triumph of earthy sensations. MR. GREEN Sounds interesting. But not rabbit for me. The waiter’s tone becomes increasingly sexual. WAITER Perhaps the lamb cutlet? The leg of a very young, juicy lamb. With a texture that’s firm and velvety.

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