The taste of technology allows him to forget the fearsome flavour of art he bit into as a child. In this world, no trace of humanity is tolerated and all works of art have long since been banished to a sealed vault. But Sasha, their elderly keeper, intends to end this general amnesia. He pushes Nils to discover the taste of love, hoping to breach the hearts and minds that have become hardened to life, its violence, and excess.
About the authors
Geneviève Billette is a graduate of the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Her plays produced in Quebec include Crime contre l'humanité (Crime Against Humanity), which was short-listed for the 2000 Governor General's Literary Award, Le Goûteur (The Taster), and Le Pays des genoux (The Land of Knees). Her works have also been staged in France, Mexico, Switzerland, and English Canada. Chosen as the protégée of Carole Fréchette, the recipient of the 2002 Siminovitch Prize, Ms. Billette won the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award for Le Pays des genoux. She has also translated plays by several Mexican playwrights.
Bobby Theodore, a Montreal native, is a graduate of the National Theatre Schoolâ??s playwriting section. His first translation, FranÃ§ois Archambaultâ??s play 15 Seconds, was nominated for a Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award in 2000 and was produced across Canada. Since then, he has gone on to translate more than twelve plays, including the works of Quebecâ??s most talented playwrights. Bobby is currently a resident in the Canadian Film Centreâ??s Prime Time Television program. Bobby also completed a translation of GeneviÃ¨ve Billetteâ??s Le gÃ´uteur, published by Playwrights Canada Press.
Excerpt: The Taster (by (author) Geneviève Billette; translated by Bobby Theodore)
"…magnificent things are howling beneath my feet…. Frescoes, harmonies, verbs…. All the art that once illuminated the tower still wails, even after being buried alive…. One day… boom! All that art is going to escape. And it's going to climb the tower, and unleash a storm of light! Love will shine furiously!" —SASHA