TORONTO – Toronto’s Factory Theatre plans to debut a stage version of Saskatoon author Yann Martel’s Holocaust-themed novel “Beatrice & Virgil.”
The theatre company says it will present the world premiere of the stage adaptation by Lindsay Cochrane from April 12 to May 11, 2014, in the Studio Theatre.
Released in April 2010, “Beatrice & Virgil” is Martel’s third novel after his Booker Prize-winning “Life of Pi.”
In the haunting story, an author helps a strange taxidermist write a Holocaust-themed play featuring a donkey and a monkey.
Martel has said he was trying to do what George Orwell did with Stalinism in the novel “Animal Farm” and make a heavy, complicated, sprawling topic accessible.
Factory Theatre is producing the show in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre.
It’s part of Factory Theatre’s 2013/14 subscription season.