Patrick Conner, Brenda Bazinet, Tracey Ferencz
photo by Nir Bareket


" A remarkably graceful show that brings together the past and present, the personal and political, in a careful and imaginative way."
– The Ottawa Sun

"...this high quality ensemble maintains a fine balance between dream and reality to present a thought-provoking and moving drama." – The Ottawa Citizen

The Death of General Wolfe
written and directed by Brian Quirt

This piece came out of my fascination with Benjamin West's famous painting of Wolfe dying at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. In my play, Wolfe's fiancée Katherine, and Emily, a modern conservator restoring the painting, collide when their interpretations of the painting bring to the surface powerful and conflicting attitudes toward grief. The Death of General Wolfe is a play about loss, with beautiful vocal music and a provocative argument about the place of Quebec in Canada, and art in our lives.


Production History

Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto,
January 21 to February 14, 1999

Directed by Brian Quirt
Featuring Brenda Bazinet, Patrick Conner, Tracey
Ferencz and Marie-Josée Lefebvre

Design by Stephan Droege, Steve Lucas and Michelle Smith
Musical Director: Jane Miller
Assistant Director: Naomi Campbell
Choreographer: Sharon Moore

The Death of General Wolfe was developed through Buddies in Bad Times' Rhubarb! Festival and Nightswimming productions at the Ottawa and Toronto Fringe Festivals in 1997.

Thank you to Alison Lawrence, Jane Miller, Nikki Landau, Marcia Walker and Allegra Fulton for their invaluable contributions to the show.

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