Les Filles du Roi


Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac

About the book

Les Filles du Roi (The King’s Daughters), a gorgeous new trilingual musical written in English, French, and Kanien´kéha (Mohawk), is the powerful story of Kateri, a young Kanien´kehá:ka girl, and her brother Jean-Baptiste, whose lives are disrupted upon the arrival of les filles due roi in 1665. They forge an unlikely relationship with young fille Marie-Jeanne Lespérance, whose dreams of a new life are more complicated than she could have imagined. Over the course of a year, Kanien´kehá:ka, French and English journeys collide, setting the stage for the Canada we know today. Payette’s music connects the heartbeat of the drum and the soaring voices of our female ancestors in a thrilling contemporary score, weaving three languages and rivalling the beauty of Canada’s most stunning landscapes.

About the authors

Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink (Vancouver), past Artist-in-Residence with National Arts Centre (NAC) English Theatre, and founder of Raven Theatre. Credits include: Children of God (Urban Ink, NAC, The Cultch, Citadel Theatre, Western Canada Theatre), Moonlodge (Urban Ink/NAC), Out Town (Caravan Farm), Les Filles du Roy (Fugue/Raven/Urban Ink), and Sedna (Caravan Farm Theatre). His original Musical Children of God continues to tour, and his next new musical has been commissioned by Bard on the Beach (Vancouver). Corey lives in Vancouver.

Of French, Scots/Irish and Norwegian ancestry, Julie McIsaac grew up on the southern shores of Georgian Bay, on the traditional territories of the Odawa, Ouendat, Anishinabek, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. A direct, playwright/librettist and multi-instrumentalist, Julie has appeared on stages throughout Western Canada. She is an Associate Artist with Firepot Performance, a founding member of the Honest Fishmongers, and a frequent collaborator with Urban Ink. She is also the playwright, composer-arranger, music director and co-sound designer of The Out Vigil. Julie lives in Vancouver.

80pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in
5F/2M, Women’s Chorus