Beautiful Province by Clarence Coo

By Clarence Coo

A fifteen-year-old boy makes a decision to accompany his seriously 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 enthralling new play is a scrumptious amalgam of farce and tragedy, a carnival funhouse with very darkish corners. Wildly creative and heartbreakingly unhappy, the unusual odyssey of Jimmy and the unpredictable Mr. eco-friendly takes many wonderful turns, crossing the border from truth into unreality and again back whereas encountering displaced characters from historical past, literature, and the mundane, frequently 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 nations, 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 exceptional new theatrical paintings, good deserving of those accolades and more.

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MR. GREEN I do not know. OFFICER Is the purpose of your visit for business, or for pleasure? MR. GREEN I do not know. OFFICER May I inspect your bag? MR. GREEN Of course. OFFICER What a lovely bag! MR. GREEN Thank you. OFFICER There is a gun inside your bag! ) Why is there a gun inside your bag? mr. green’s joy evaporates. 26 Beautiful Province MR. GREEN I do not know. OFFICER Is the gun for business, or for pleasure? Pause. MR. GREEN It is not for pleasure. I do not feel pleasure. Suddenly the officer sounds like a therapist, one with a calm, soothing voice.

Sorry. ) Jimmy. He’s the best student. The way he picks up French Scene 7 51 is remarkable. At the same time, I believe he’s the most innocent one in the room. WAITER Why do you use the word “innocent”? MR. GREEN I don’t know. WAITER Do you think you’re not innocent? MR. GREEN I hate how you judge me. Stop judging me! This is fucking bullshit! I’m going to die eventually, right? We’re all going to die and I’m going to die never having what I want. No one deserves to feel like this. No one deserves to feel this.

JIMMY And then? NATE What do you mean “and then”? JIMMY You put his penis in your mouth and that’s oral sex? NATE There’s work involved, too. ” Don’t you watch porn? 20 Beautiful Province JIMMY I prefer historical fiction. ) Did you have—anal sex? NATE Jimmy, let me tell you—First, he was inside me. Then I was inside him. And it was like we were the same person but someone better than either of us and it was the most beautiful thing we had ever felt in our lives. Pause. ) Was it dirty? NATE It’s like an archaeological dig.

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