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Butcher

by Nicolas Billon, foreword by Louise Arbour

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published: Oct 2014
ISBN:9781552453001
publisher: Coach House Books
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An old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the police station. He doesn’t speak English, and a lawyer’s business card is baited on the meat hook that hangs on his neck. As a lawyer, a police officer and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.

This edition includes a foreword by Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court of Canada justice and former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and notes on the Lavinian language created for the play.

Butcher premiered at Alberta Theatre Projects in October 2014.

Praise for Nicolas Billon’s Iceland:

‘Billon is a masterful storyteller, drawing us into his characters’ lives via richly detailed monologues, full of haunting imagery that echoes throughout the play.’

NOW Magazine

About the Authors

Nicolas Billon’s plays have been produced across Canada as well as New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. His first play, The Elephant Song, was made into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan and Catherine Keener; his latest play, Butcher, is currently in development with Rhombus Media. Nic’s awards include the Governor General’s Award for Drama, the Writer’s Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, multiple NOW Magazine Audience Choice Awards and an Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting from the NYC Fringe.

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LOUISE ARBOUR’s career of public service includes sitting on the Supreme Court of Canada from 1999 to 2004, acting as the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. From 2009 to 2014 she was CEO of the renowned International Crisis Group. Arbour is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of twenty-seven honorary degrees. She is currently a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
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Nicolas Billon's plays have been produced across Canada as well as New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. His first play, The Elephant Song, was made into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan and Catherine Keener; his latest play, Butcher, is currently in development with Rhombus Media. Nic's awards include the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Writer's Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, multiple NOW Magazine Audience Choice Awards and an Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting from the NYC Fringe.

Louise Arbour is the former Supreme Court of Canada justice and former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Editorial Reviews

"Revenge, justice mixed and served cold onstage."

The Winnipeg Free Press


"Consistently captivating." — CBC News


"It’s a major treat that is filled with tricks ... a scary, unsettling thrill ride that might just haunt your intellect as much as it surely will your nightmares."


'[Butcher] is no ordinary nail-biter ... [it] is also a dead serious philosophical drama that deals with international war crimes and the desire for revenge ... The play asks whether, in crimes of such enormity, closure can even be found without perpetuating the bloody cycle of revenge.'

CBC Books


'[D]elivered with a streak of dark comedy and muscular, thriller-like plotting that makes for a furiously entertaining play.'

Montreal Gazette


'One of the most artfully constructed plays we’ve seen in a long time ... [t]here are so many jolting twists in Butcher’s 85 minutes that you may wind up needing a neck brace.'

Torontoist


"Can a play be too entertaining? ...Ã? ButcherÃ? is not too entertaining, but it is dangerously so."


'No sarcasm here: I can't wait for the movie ... [u]nderneath the mystery of the plot are questions about the difference between revenge and justice, and whether either is attainable when the criminal is the one in power. There are questions about inherited trauma and the cycle of persecution and hate ... On top of everything ... there are questions about privilege, and who has the historical, geographic, and economic distance to overcome violence.'

Toronto Star

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