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Through the Eyes
Through the Eyes is award-winning playwright Don Druick’s acclaimed tour de force for a solo actor. Set in the Versailles of the Sun King, this play is the story of the great Italian artist, Gianlorenzo Bernini’s visit to France in 1665. The Italian finds himself in an opulent and dangerous world, bristling with cruelty and intrigue, tyrannized by passion and violence. Bernini is commissioned to carve a bust of the king; the resultant clash between these two great egos is fearsome to behold. Survival itself becomes a compelling issue.
The script reveals Druick’s verbal artistry: the evocation of the various characters and episodes is vivid; each interpolated character has its own rhythm; and the two-act piece is carefully constructed as a coherent whole through variations in pace and tone that are inscribed in the text.
U of T Quarterly, Winter 2006
Druick’s play.... is a series of miniature scenes crackling with emotion and politics, created with tiny, subtle brush strokes.... Music and a sense of rhythm infuse his work.
Jon Kaplan, Now
“.... one of Canada’s finest playwrights....”
Robert Crew, Toronto Star
“You can.... almost smell the danger of the place.”
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
From its very first moments, Druick conjures up the poisonous atmosphere of a world ruled by fear and rumour where truth is merely the whim of an absolute monarch.
Christopher Hoile, Eye
“Druick’s script is vivid and delicate, a sensitive and sensuous piece of writing alive with colour and texture, its images polished like marble until they gleam.”
Jill Lawless, Now
“The magic of Through The Eyes is that it captures the obscene opulence and the intricate, repressed relationships of the Court of Louis XIV... using only one actor and a bare stage.”
Elisa Kukla, Eye
Playwright Don Druick
Don Druick is a distinguished playwright, a baroque flautist, and an avid herb gardener. His plays and translations have been produced on stage and radio throughout Canada, and in Europe, Japan, and the USA. Having lived in Vancouver and Montreal, Don Druick currently lives with artist Jane Buyers in Elmira Ontario, a small village 125 km west of Toronto. Don Druick’s previous works include the award-winning play Where is Kabuki? and the hit CBC radio series Recipe for Murder.
Through the Eyes, Don Druick, 80 pp., 5 x 8, Drama, December 2004
ISBN: 978-0-919688-15-5 (paper). . .$16.95
ISBN: 978-0-919688-97-1 (Bound) . . . $26.95
* This book is “perfect bound” with an add-on hand bound cover, no dust jacket.
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Through the Eyes was nominated for the Governor-General's Award for Drama in 2005.