February 14 – March 7, 2015
The Sound of Cracking Bones
by: Suzanne Lebeau
Translated by: Julia Duchesne & John Van Burek
Directed by: John Van Burek
Set & Costumes by: Teresa Przybylski
Composer: Debashis Sinha
February 18 – 21 & 25 – 28 (in English)
March 5 – 7 (in French)
February 17 – 20 & 24 – 27 (in English)
March 3 – 6 (in French)
The Sound of Cracking Bones is the story of thirteen-year-old Elikia, a resilient, courageous girl who leads innocent eight-year old Joseph on a harrowing escape through the jungle toward a hoped-for freedom.
Set in a war-torn country, which could be in Africa, Latin America or South Asia, the story takes us to the very heart of Elikia and Joseph’s life as child soldiers caught in the grip of ruthless warlords.
Their story is later brought to light by Angelica, the nurse who rescued and cared for them, as she testifies before a tribunal charged with examining the issue of child soldiers.
It’s only because of her testimony that the reality of these children - like so many others’ - is revealed to us. In turn, we see how the comfort of distance and time can dilute empathy with indifference.
Unsettling yet life-affirming, The Sound of Cracking Bones is an intimate portrayal of a global issue.
Contextualizing The Sound of Cracking Bones
Through The Sound of Cracking Bones, Suzanne Lebeau gives us a Canadian perspective of this pressing world issue. Having already been translated into 7 languages and performed all over the world – with resounding success – we now hope to create a vigorous dialogue and stimulating educational experience for students and adults in Toronto.
We will offer post-show discussions at both student matinee and evening performances, and will provide educators with a study guide to prepare students prior to attending the play. In-school workshops can also be arranged pre- or post-production to enhance the learning experience.
Kenneth Carano and Robert Bailey pointed out in "Social Education," (Oct., 2012), "The forceful induction of children as child soldiers is an abhorrent violation of human rights. [...] In preparing students for global citizenship in a rapidly changing world, social studies education proves an ideal forum to expose students to important world issues and challenges. Competent instruction motivates students to become engaged in finding solutions that can improve the future of the world. The application of the framework of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child facilitates the identification of children's rights and exposes violations against child soldiers in significant ways." Descriptors: Children’s Rights, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Children, Military Personnel, Civil Rights, Global Approach, Social Studies, Web Sites, Writing Assignments
Suzanne Lebeau, author of more than 25 original plays and many translations, is recognized as one of the pre-eminent playwrights for young audiences in the world today. For The Sound of Cracking Bones / Le bruit des os qui craquent, she received the Governor General’s Award for Theatre (2010), the Prix des Journées de Lyon des auteurs de théâtre (2007), la Distinction de la Comédie-Française (2008) and le Prix Collidram (best play of the year, selected by French high school students) in 2009. Le bruit des os qui craquent had its first full production in Montréal at le Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2009. It went on to receive a production at the world-renowned Comédie-Française in February, 2010. These numerous awards underline the impact, depth and quality of Suzanne Lebeau’s artistic approach; for 35 years, this Quebec author has been questioning, directly and with great sensitivity, the place of children in the world. The Pleiades production of this play will mark the English language world première.