Angélique

French version

Angélique, written by Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, is based on true events chronicling the life of Marie Joseph Angélique; an enslaved Black woman who was publicly executed for having allegedly set fire to Montréal in 1734.

The richness of Lorena Gale’s Angélique draws from elements of documentary theatre (based on actual trial transcripts), heightened drama, poetry and prose to investigate the years leading up to Angélique’s execution. Using a 1734 backdrop of Nouvelle-France, she holds a mirror to contemporary culture wherein the power of this piece reflects the unfortunate timelessness of systemic racism in society.