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John Van Burek

JOHN VAN BUREK  

Nationality:    Canadian
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Literary Agent:    Agence Goodwin  


Born in Toronto, John Van Burek studied at St. Anselm College in the United States, at the University of New Brunswick, and at the University of Toronto. He has been a practising theatre artist for over twenty years, in both French and English, throughout Canada. He has also worked in the fields of opera, film and television. In 1971, he founded the Theatre francais de Toronto where, over the years, he directed some sixty productions. He stepped down as Artistic Director of the company in 1991. Mr. Van Burek has taught at Ryerson Theatre School, York University and at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. He is also one of Canadas leading translators for theatre, most notably of Michel Tremblays plays, including Les Belles-Soeurs (Talonbooks). Mr. Van Burek has received several awards and citations for his work, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Canadian Theatre. In 1992, he was awarded a Canada Council A Grant for senior artists. This prestigious award allowed him to spend a year abroad, studying and working with major theatre artists in Nottingham, London and Paris. In addition, thanks to a special grant form the Minister of External Affairs and the Toronto Arts Council, he was able to undertake a program for the promotion of Canadian plays in both England and France

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Albertine In Five Times         Bonjour, La, Bonjour         Counterfeit Secrets         Damnee Manon, Sacree Sandra         Dodo         Dying To Be Sick         Forever Yours, Marie-Lou         Hosanna         Les Belles Soeurs         Manon/Sandra         Marcel Pursued By Hounds         Real World?, The         Sainte-Carmen of the Main         Winter's Tale '70, A



Albertine In Five Times

Synopsis:
Five actresses portray Albertine at different times of her life whilst conversing freely with each other and with their sister Madeleine. Albertine at 30 is recuperating in the country after viciously beating her 11-year-old daughter; Albertine at 40 is a virago at war with the world; at 50 she has rejected her past by reinventing it; at 60 she has given in to depression; at 70 she's found a kind of peace. First performed in London in 1986 at the Donmar Warehouse.

Notes:
Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated by Bill Glassco And John Van Burek

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1st Published:
in The Guid Sister, Nick Hern Books, London, 2001   -

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Bonjour, La, Bonjour

Bonjour, La, Bonjour
Serge has returned from overseas and his trip allows everyone to get lost in the fantasy of vacation, ignoring the trouble brewing inside of Serge. Serge has really returned to consummate a love affair with one of his sisters, while his other two sisters, also infatuated with him, want his attention. This family-sexual relationship is heightened when we find that Armand, Serge's father, has in the past, practiced incest himself. Though the question of hereditary traits is not answered, Serge finds an understanding soul in his father. Father and son find themselves compatriots in this family of desperate women and wicked men.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco

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1st Published:
Talon Books, 1994   978-0889222526

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Translation

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Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Counterfeit Secrets

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Original Playwright - Marivaux

1st Produced:
Art World Theatre, Toronto    -

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Damnee Manon, Sacree Sandra

Synopsis:
The play explores one of humanity's oldest questions: "where do I belong?" Through the intertwining monologues of Manon, an introverted Catholic zealot whose previously direct line of communication with God has collapsed, and Sandra, a flamboyant transvestite who has begun to realize that her existence cannot be built on the backsides of her lovers, each strives to find their solution in the sacred and the sacrilegious. We see that perhaps these two characters have more in common than they ever could have imagined.

Notes:
Playwright - Michel Tremblay

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Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    -

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Genre:
Translation. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Dodo

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Notes:
Original Playwright - Serge Sirois

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1st Published:
Simon and Pierre 2005   978-0886240216

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Genre:
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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Dying To Be Sick

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Original Playwright - Moliere. "La Malade Imaginaire" translated by John Van Burek And Adrienne Clarkson

1st Produced:
Theatre Cente, Toronto    2007

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Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou
Presenting both their past and present lives, Carmen and Manon agonize-within and between themselves-over the relationship between their parents, Leopold and Marie-Lou. The two sisters are torn in their loyalties to a mother who was uninvolved and a father who was emotionally and physically abusive. They struggle with the image of their father as a monster and who has caused a rift between the sisters, who, until a visit to the family home one weekend, have been unable to confront their anger. Scenes from the past reveal the father as a dominant sexual ogre and the mother as submissive, repressed, and resentful. We learn that to alleviate his own frustration, Leopold drove Marie-Lou over a cliff, ridding himself of the constant pain in his life. The two daughters are left with the legacy of torment, as they struggle to identify their father as a monster and then move on with their own lives.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay

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1st Published:
Ladderman Playscripts, London 1997   978-0889223493

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Genre:
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Hosanna

Hosanna
Middle age couple, a drag queen and a biker bicker, but are in love.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated by John van Burek And Bill Glassco

1st Produced:
Bijou Theatre, Broadway, NY    1977

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    978-0889222960

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Les Belles Soeurs

Les Belles Soeurs
Germaine Lauzon has just won a million trading stamps in the local lottery. To get them pasted into books, she invites her four sisters and a variety of close friends to assist her. While Germaine dreams of things she's always wanted and can now buy for herself, her sisters and friends scheme to thwart her, as they turn jealous with no understanding as to why Germaine should win, anything. Each sister explains her view of Germaine's life while they scheme to pilfer stamps away from her. Thrown into the wacky group is Germaine's daughter, Linda, who, going through the Dramatic changes of a misunderstood teenager, needs help dealing with her mother, and invites her friend Lisette to the house. But Lisette needs advice too, being newly pregnant, and finds Dear aunt Pierrette, the black sheep of the family, to advise her on whether to have an abortion, put the baby up for adoption, or any other alternative. Germaine battles with Linda, when she suddenly, realises some of her stamps are missing and catches the lad

Notes:
Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated by Bill Glassco And John Van Burek

1st Produced:
Lawrence centre, Toronto    03 Apr 1973

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Talonbooks >>>    978-0889223028

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Genre:
Translation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  15            Other:  -

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Manon/Sandra

Manon/Sandra
The play crosscuts the lives of Manon, an obsessively religious girl, and 'Sandra', a sex-obsessed , exploring the similarities and differences between them. A controversial but humane duet.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated By Martin Bowman And Bill Findlay

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1st Published:
in The Guid Sister, Nick Hern Books, London, 2001   978-185491180

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Marcel Pursued By Hounds

Marcel Pursued By Hounds
Innocent childhood fantasies come back to haunt the adults

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay. Translated by John Van Burek And Bill Glassco

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    978-0889223264

Music:
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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Real World?, The

Real World?, The
A young playwright uses his family for inspiration

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    978-0889222601

Music:
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Genre:
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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Sainte-Carmen of the Main

Sainte-Carmen of the Main
Shortly after returning to the rodeo Carmen is murdered

Notes:
Original Playwright - Michel Tremblay

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1st Published:
Talon Books, Vancouver, BC,    978-0889221819

Music:
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Genre:
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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Winter's Tale '70, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Original Playwright - Anne Legault

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Genre:
Translation

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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