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The Mistake by Denis Emorine, translated from the French by Flavia Cosma

ISBN #1-60513-195-4
JAC #2012-0043

Cast of Characters

  • CASANOVA: 35-years-old
  • LE DUC: Casanova’s servant, 37-years-old.
  • MADAME DE ROLL: 25-years-old
  • MONSIEUR DE ROLL: 54-years-old.
  • JULIE S***/MADAME DE ROLL: Sister, 51-years-old.

A delightfully humorous tale of trickery and score settling. The ever suave Casanova has his hands full with both the lovely wife of a good friend and her meddlesome, conniving sister. Not only do we get a glimpse into the salacious life of a legend, but we also see the intricate relationships between people of varying social classes and positions. Not that this necessarily matters, for when it comes to Casanova, he is a man who is never wronged for long.
Adapted from the French La méprise ou les ressources de l’amour (Coleen Houlihan)

The Setting
An elegant dwelling in the countryside, 1760.

About This Playwright
Denis Emorine
is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and plays. He was born in 1956 in Paris and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). He has an affective relationship to English because his mother was an English teacher. His father was of Russian ancestry.  His works are translated into several languages. His theatrical output has been staged in France, Canada ( Quebec) and Russia. Many of his books (stories, drama, poetry) have been published in the USA. Writing, for Emorine, is a way of harnessing time in its incessant flight. Themes that re-occur throughout his writing include the Doppelgänger, lost or shattered identity, and mythical Venice (a place that truly fascinates him). He also has a great interest for Eastern Europe. Denis Emorine collaborates with various other reviews and literary websites in the U.S., Europe and Japan both in French and in English.  In 2004, he won first prize for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition.  His poetry has been published in Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Magnapoets (Canada), Snow Monkey, Cokefishing, Be Which Magazine, Poesia and Journal of ExperimentalFiction(USA) His texts also appear on numerous e-zines such as: Anemone Sidecar, Cipher Journal, Mad Hatters' Review, Milk, The Salt River Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Like Birds Lit, Sketch book, Wilderness House Literary Review.  Visit Denis online at http://denis.emorine.free.fr/ul/english/accueil.htm.

An Interview with Denis Emorine, Cervena Barva Press

Have you read Emorine's other one-act with JAC, Closing Time?

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