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Quebec's Theater of Liberation


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When Gratien Gélinas' Tit-Coq opened on May 22, 1948, at the Monument National in Montreal, little did the versatile French-Canadian playwright realize what the repercussions would be. Tit-Coq ran for over two hundred performances and marked the beginning of a theater intrinsically French-Canadian in character. The successful play about the trials and tribulations of a hapless French-Canadian soldier paved the way for a dozen dramatists who were to contribute to the renascence of a highly dynamic theater in French Canada. The renewal has been so astonishing that Montreal now ranks only after Paris and Brussels in dramatic productions in the French-speaking world. Approximately forty plays are staged in French each year in Montreal, making it second only to New York in North America in the number and quality of its stage performances.

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