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This essay examines the relevance of the tragic account of evil for Canadian theatre in the shadow of the contemporary "war on terror." It concentrates on two important aspects of the ancient Greek depiction of evil in tragedy: (1) that no agent, human or divine, is either absolutely good or absolutely evil; and (2) that evil, understood as the experience of dread, cannot be exterminated but can, at best, be kept within limits. In other words, the tragic account of evil is neither "melodramatic" nor "eschatological." The essay then discusses three recent Canadian plays that address current moral and geo-political issues: The Adventures of Ali & Ali and the aXes of Evil by Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Camyar Chai; Capture Me by Judith Thompson; and Insomnia by Daniel Brooks with Guillermo Verdecchia. Through these works, this essay explores how the experience of evil is currently being depicted and considers the possibilities for a new type of tragic theatre in Canada. Cet article a pour but d'examiner la pertinence de la representation tragique du mal dans le theatre canadien au regard de la guerre contemporaine contre le terrorisme. Il se concentre sur deux aspects importants de la representation du mal dans le theatre grec antique, soit : (1) qu'aucun agent, humain ou divin, n'est entierement bon ou mauvais et (2) que le mal, c'est-a-dire l'experience de la terreur, ne peut pas etre detruite mais peut, au mieux, etre limitee. En d'autres mots, la representation tragique du mal n'est ni melodramatique, ni eschatologique. L'article, par la suite, examine trois oeuvres canadiennes recentes qui traitent des questions morales et des problemes geopolitiques contemporains, soit : The Adventures of Ali &Ali and the aXes of Evil de Marcus Youssef, Guillermo Verdecchia et Camyar Chai; Capture Me de Judith Thompson; et Insomnia de Daniel Brooks et Guillermo Verdecchia. A l'aide de ces oeuvres, l'article etudie les possibilites d'avoir un nouveau genre de theatre tragique au Canada, aborde la question de la representation contemporaine de l'experience du mal ?

GENRE
Arts & Entertainment
RELEASED
2006
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
43
Pages
PUBLISHER
University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama
SIZE
236.4
KB

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