February 22, 2017 § 3 Comments
It has been two years since I entered any notation into this Blog. However, I wish to use it now to chronicle the evolution of my book, A Generation of Leaves, into the play, Le Retour, which will be presented this summer (July 2017) at two venues in Nova Scotia, Canada. The play will be performed at Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse https://levillage.novascotia.ca/visit-us and Le Père Maurice-Le Blanc Theatre in Tusket, Nova Scotia. At this point, we are also launching our funding efforts to bring the play to Ieper, Belgium as part of concluding WWI commemorative events in Europe.
Our official promotion of these productions was recently announced in the Yarmouth Vanguard. The news article includes our promotional video shot on location at Le Village. Please check it out.
My own efforts regarding this project began in 2014 with the dramatization of the first part of the book presented on the Le Village amphitheater stage. That production concluded with a haunting trumpet solo before a replica of the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium.
In the WWI literature, Ieper, is referred to as Ypres. Now the city bears its Flemish name. The Menin Gate is legendary in the First World War and engraved on its panels are the names of nearly 55,000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in defense of the city and whose bodies were never found. My Uncle Léo’s name is on the gate. He was 23 when he was killed in the Battle of Mont Sorrel along with many Canadians who perished while defending the city.
I want to use these pages to document our progress both while performing the play this summer and our efforts to travel to Belgium in 2018. My next posting will include information about the cast and characters involved in Le Retour.