New York City
In this powerful tribute to his mother, Michel Tremblay paints a portrait of the woman who delighted, bewildered and infuriated him throughout his childhood, yet inspired such masterpieces as Les Belles-soeurs and Hosanna. From the moment Nana graces the stage, we know why Tremblay wanted “the pleasure of seeing her again.” Through a series of vignettes from childhood on, we discover that words are Nana’s biggest gift to her son. Beneath the gossip, the dramatic predictions and wild exaggerations, Nana is shaping the soul of an artist. Her son inherits a love of language and humour, discovers the truth that lies behind illusion and comes to understand the power of imagination. This production is being presented as part of the du Maurier World Stage Festival.