Tom at the Farm

By Michel Marc Bouchard

Following the unintended loss of life of his lover, and within the throes of his grief, city advert government Tom travels to the rustic to wait the funeral and to fulfill his partner's mother, Agatha, and her son, Francis – neither of whom comprehend Tom even exists. Arriving on the distant rural farm, and instantly drawn into the disorder of the family’s relationships, Tom is blindsided via his misplaced partner’s legacy of untruth. With the mum waiting for a chainsmoking female friend, and the older brother hellbent on conserving a facade of normalcy, Tom is coerced into becoming a member of the duplicity until eventually, ultimately, he confronts the torment that drove his lover to stay within the shadows of deceit.

The lover – the buddy, the son, the brother, the anonymous lifeless guy – has left at the back of a myth woven of false-truths which, based on his personal teenage diaries, have been necessary to his survival. during this comparable rural environment, one younger guy had as soon as destroyed one other younger guy who enjoyed another. Like an old tragedy, years later, this drama will form the future of Tom.

In a play that unfolds with gradually blurred barriers among lust and brutality, among fact and tricky motion, Bouchard dramatizes how homosexual males frequently needs to learn how to lie earlier than they find out how to love. all through 2011 and 2012, Tom on the Farm was once produced in Quebec and France, as Tom à los angeles ferme, and in Mexico, as Tom en los angeles granja. Award-winning Quebec director Xavier Dolan tailored the play for the reveal in 2013, with Caleb Landry Jones within the major role.

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Chained, restricted, soldered, glued to his chair. Tom who should still carry out his hand. Tom who may still take her into his fingers. AGATHA Excuse the mess. We’re now not ourselves nowadays. We weren’t looking forward to his demise. The lunch after the rite. need to understand how many of us. TOM I couldn’t discover a resort. AGATHA resorts round listed below are merely open in the summertime, and whilst I say “summer,” I suggest from 8:00 a. m. on July 2 to 8:00 p. m. on July three. now not sufficient travelers. They attempted guided excursions of the farms. whilst you’ve visible one, you’ve noticeable all of them. Beat. You’ve received a pleasant motor vehicle. TOM I’m too younger for this. Condolences. Mourning. Too tender. I hate affliction. TOM stands and extends his hand. My condolences, ma’am. I must have all started with that. My honest sympathy. AGATHA shakes his hand automatically. AGATHA name me Agatha. I’m comfortable you’re right here, Tom. TOM She acknowledged my identify. known as me by way of my first identify. the gap among her and me shrinks. AGATHA He by no means pointed out you to me. TOM the space among her and me is again. Say whatever. I nearly hit a moose. Crossing the line. A male with an enormous rack. AGATHA Take off your coat. TOM She may possibly inform me: return the place you got here from! Hit the moose! Die at the street! I take off my coat. AGATHA I’m joyful you got here, Tom. TOM by no means pointed out me? AGATHA We haven’t heard from his different neighbors. TOM an important white rack. AGATHA i used to be commencing to imagine he didn’t have any. TOM The moose seemed from nowhere. AGATHA a sensible man like him … must’ve made lots of people jealous. TOM He can have charged. AGATHA (touching his face) I don’t wish you to inform me you’re leaving the following day. That’s what he consistently stated once he arrived: “I’ll be leaving the following day! ” yet you’re going to stick. TOM I don’t learn about that. AGATHA You’ll say a number of phrases on the funeral. TOM sure. AGATHA You converse good. when you say a couple of phrases, humans will recognize that my son used to be a good guy. TOM I ready anything. AGATHA You’re a handsome boy, Tom. TOM She retains asserting my identify, as though she’s attempting to make me actual. AGATHA a few great trout! should still I thaw one or for you? TOM I’m no longer hungry. . If you’d like. AGATHA His brother stuck them. TOM Who? AGATHA His brother! TOM an individual became the song off. AGATHA Milking is over. TOM You had a brother? AGATHA Francis! I’ll thaw them within the microwave. Does the noise of the microwave hassle you? Francis looks after the farm. Ever considering that my husband died. TOM She’s speaking to me. AGATHA Forty-eight dairy cows. TOM She’s speaking to me. AGATHA Cows are a daily factor. each morning. each night. Even Christmas day. TOM beware. Cows? AGATHA And Sundays. a good way to exit, need to milk first. And in case you get domestic at evening, similar factor another time. TOM by no means pointed out me. AGATHA What do you do in lifestyles, Tom? TOM resolution her. AGATHA Tom? TOM Assistant to the paintings director. In an advert company. AGATHA Assistant to the artwork director! TOM acknowledged like that during the kitchen on a dairy farm, with the noise of a microwave within the heritage, it sounds ridiculous. An advert organization.

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