The Monument

ISKO Theatre (Rwanda)

April 27 - May 1, 2011 | $45 | York Quay Centre | 70 min.

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North American Premiere

A profound excavation into the nature of forgiveness.

In this electrifying drama, a young soldier has been convicted of war crimes committed during a genocide. Just as he is about to be executed, a mysterious woman who is both his saviour and tormentor offers him freedom − at a price.

The Monument, by Canadian playwright Colleen Wagner, has been translated into several languages and has won the Governor General's Award for Drama. The play is a torpedo aimed directly at the nature of evil as it dissects the roles of victim and perpetrator in unflinching detail. Intimately staged with song and African drumming, this highly physical and imagistic production puts its finger on the pulse of humanity as it paints a contemporary portrait of a country whose resilient voice continues to be a beacon of hope and reconciliation.

Performed in Kinyarwanda with English surtitles.

Translated by Emmanuel Munyarukumbuzi and Anselme Nirere.

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