Eulalie y Gracia Hablan

A seed by: Christine Rodriguez
Project: Main Pool
Christine Rodriguez is a writer from Montreal who creates from a mixed-race, Afro-Trinidadian perspective as a means to explore identity and self-expression. She’s received two Rogers – Black Screen Office development grants. Her debut short film Fuego was an official selection at festivals in Toronto, the US and France, earning her a nomination for Filmmaker of the year by Gala Dynastie. She was part of the first cohort of the WBD Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program to write a feature version of “Fuego.” Her second short film, A Dios, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, is currently in post-production. Last year, her TYA play, Simone, Half and Half, was published by Playwrights Canada Press. An alumna of the Norman Jewison Writers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, Christine also holds a Certificate of Professional Screenwriting from UCLA. She’s currently working to obtain her Major in Hispanic Studies from Université de Montréal.


Theatre, Film/Video
This is an original seed

In this video, Eulalie and Gracia, as they prepare arepas, differ on what is spiritually best for Eulalie’s 4-year-old son, David, who suffers from Pervasive Developmental Disorder (the child still cannot sit up, stand, walk or speak).  Eulalie is staunchly Catholic and prays several times a day, while Gracia is a woman free from colonial religious constraints.  I have imagined her as someone who might still carry old beliefs passed on from her lost African homeland.  She had three children with a Portuguese man, whom she chose to never marry.  I play both women because I carry both of them inside me.  It’s a simple dialogue.  I wanted to see what it would look like if I played both women, performing a task they did on a daily basis.  I wish I could have done this in a Trinidadian home, to capture the real feel of the place.

Translations to Spanish dialogue:

Gracia: All your prayers aren’t going to change anything.

Eulalie: And your archaic beliefs will?

Gracia: Yemeya protects children.


Gracia: Where is everyone?

Eulalie: They’re still at carnaval.

Gracia: Oh, you don’t like my necklace, but the carnaval, you don’t have a problem with.

Eulalie: David could choke on it.


Eulalie: God gave him to us like this.  We have to accept him the way he is.

Gracia: Of couse.  Of course!

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