Guillaume Teasdale, Lezlie Wade, Emmanuelle RichezGuillaume Teasdale, Lezlie Wade, and Emmanuelle Richez will discuss the significance of Les Belles Soeurs in a session before its opening Friday, February 2.

Dramatic discussion to offer food for the mind and the palate

University Players will host an evening of engaging discussion while serving some tempting, soul-comforting desserts Friday, February 2, before the opening performance of its production Les Belles Soeurs.

Desserts and Discussion will feature drama professor Michelle MacArthur leading a conversation on the play 50 years after its premiere in Quebec. Panellists

  • Emmanuelle Richez, assistant professor of political science;
  • Guillaume Teasdale, assistant professor of history; and
  • Lezlie Wade, guest director for the University Players

will examine the play’s historical significance and its resonances today, particularly in the current environment of women speaking up over abuse and their place in society.

Les Belles Soeurs by Michel Tremblay revolutionized Canadian theatre when it was first produced in Quebec in 1968. Fifty years after its premiere, it is still resonating with audiences. What is the secret to its enduring popularity? What is its historical significance?

Friday’s discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Hatch Studio Theatre, Jackman Dramatic Art Centre. Admission is by a donation of any amount and will include desserts. Reservations are required and may be made online or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.

The curtain will rise on Les Belles Soeurs at 8 p.m. after Desserts and Discussion; the show's run will continue through February 11 in the Essex Hall Theatre. Tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.