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The Fairies Are Thirsty

The Fairies Are Thirsty

Denise Boucher

ISBN: 9780889222007

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According to the 19th-century historian Michelet, "Les fees" were women who would rather sing than pray. For this crime, they were punished by being imprisoned in containers that would be opened only at the end of time. In "Les fees ont soif" ("The Fairies Are Thirsty") Denise Bocher takes this image and focuses on it. "The Fairies Are Thirsty" is a daring, passionate and poetic exploration of the role of women through all time. In the play, three women--a housewife, a whore and the Virgin Mary--fight to break out of the stereotyped roles in which they have been imprisoned for centuries. At the end of the play they stand alone, "before themselves," "renewed," and ask the audience to imagine a world in which such stereotypes do not exist.
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