Faculty Research at Morehead State University


The Universal Mother Metaphor in Tremblay’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again

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Although reviewers of Tremblay’s play For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (1998) focus on the monologues of the angry mother who rants about everyday concerns for the well-being of her child, a character much like the one who initiated Tremblay’s career (the old song), the author will focus on how the narrator’s memory of his mother stage by stage in his life enacted before our eyes, permits Tremblay to self-consciously explain that his artistry reaches far beyond bringing the people he knew best in his youth, who had no knowledge of theater history, acting, and directing and staging, to the stage. His growth as an artist and his “new songs” are a result of his own continuous development of that knowledge.