Slideshow Quills
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  • Text
    Doug Wright
  • French translation
    Jean-Pierre Cloutier
  • Directors
    Jean-Pierre Cloutier
    Robert Lepage
  • Performed by
    Jean-Pierre Cloutier or Pierre-Yves Cardinal
    Érika Gagnon
    Pierre-Olivier Grondin
    Robert Lepage
    Jean-Sébastien Ouellette
    Mary-Lee Picknell
  • Directors' assistant
    Adèle Saint-Amand
  • Set Designer
    Christian Fontaine
  • Lighting Designer
    Lucie Bazzo
  • Sound Designer
    Antoine Bédard
  • Costume Designer
    Sébastien Dionne
  • Properties
    Sylvie Courbron
  • Production
    Ex Machina
  • In co-production with
    Théâtre du Trident
    Les Nuits de Fourvière - Lyon
    La Comète - scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne
    La Colline, théâtre national - Paris
    Le Théâtre français - Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa
  • Originally produced by the New York Theater Workshop (1995) /
    Jim Nicola, Artistic Director / Nancy Kassak Diekmann, Managing Director
  • Production Director
    Marie-Pierre Gagné
  • Assistant to the production director and tour manager
    Véronique St-Jacques
  • Technical direction
    Catherine Guay
    Paul Bourque
  • Stage manager
    Francis Beaulieu
  • Sound manager
    Stanislas Elie
  • Lighting manager
    François Ferland Bilodeau
  • Costumes and Props manager
    Katia Talbot
  • Head stagehand
    Anne Marie Bureau
  • Stagehand
    Sylvain Béland
  • Technical consultant
    Tobie Horswill
  • Set
    Astuce Décors
    Conception Alain Gagné
    Scène Éthique
  • Costumes
    Par Apparat confection créative
    Sébastien Dionne
  • Director's agent
    Lynda Beaulieu
  • Associate Production - Europe and Japan
    (Richard Castelli, assisted by Chara Skiadelli, Florence Berthaud and Claire Dugot)
  • Associate Production - The Americas, Asia (except Japan), Oceania, NZ
    Menno Plukker Theatre Agent
    (Menno Plukker, assisted by Dominique Sarrazin, Isaïe Richard and Magdalena Marszalek)
  • Ex Machina Producer
    Michel Bernatchez (assisted by Vanessa Landry-Claverie)
  • Ex Machina is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Quebec's Arts and Literature Council and the City of Quebec.



Are your convictions so fragile that mine cannot stand in opposition to them?

The story begins in France during the reign of Napoleon I, in the peaceful Charenton Asylum, where the most famous resident is the irrepressible Marquis de Sade. Abbé de Coulmier, the director of the facility, believes he can rehabilitate this man who uses his writing to explore what is forbidden to humans, his sexual urges and his immoral desires.

Despite the Abbé’s pervasive presence, Sade continues to get his scandalous stories published with the help of the young laundress, Madeleine. Napoleon I sends Dr. Royer-Collard to the asylum to silence this crazy person whose work is jeopardizing the society’s moral foundations. But how far will he go to stop him?

This masterful production of Quills, Doug Wright’s controversial work on censorship, is a collaboration of Jean-Pierre Cloutier and Robert Lepage.


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