By Clarence Coo

A fifteen-year-old boy comes to a decision to accompany his critically 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 adored. Clarence Coo’s spell binding 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 brilliant turns, crossing the border from truth into unreality and again back whereas encountering displaced characters from historical past, literature, and the mundane, usually harmful world.
 
Selected via 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 exciting 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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OFFICER Welcome to Paris! What is the purpose of your visit? Pause. 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.

Good day, sir. OFFICER Good day. MR. GREEN How are you? OFFICER I am fine. How are you? MR. GREEN I am fine. OFFICER Good. Scene 3 23 MR. GREEN Good! OFFICER Welcome to Charles de Gaulle Airport! Welcome to Paris. Welcome to France! MR. GREEN Thank you. You have a lovely country. OFFICER Thank you. What is your name? MR. GREEN My name is Everett Green. OFFICER What a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Green. MR. GREEN Thank you. The same to you. OFFICER This is the passport control. MR. GREEN What a lovely passport control.

JIMMY Everything seemed simpler then. MR. GREEN The simple past. JIMMY Yes. MR. GREEN French once used to have a Simple Past. My favorite of all the past tenses. JIMMY I didn’t know there was more than one. MR. GREEN Of course. We have more than one relationship to the past! In French, there’s a Simple Past and a Composed Past. The Simple Past was just one word, compact. One word to capture all that’s come before. ” And you know about the Composed Past. JIMMY Of course! MR. GREEN A form that requires an auxiliary verb, one 38 Beautiful Province of two, either “to have” or “to be,” depending on the verb.

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