Auto-adaptations: Re-‘Writing’ The Dragons’ Trilogy and Needles and Opium for the Twenty-First Century

  • Melissa Poll
Part of the Adaptation in Theatre and Performance book series (ATP)


Inspired by Robert Lepage’s engagement with a work-in-progress approach and his assertion that the feedback he receives from critics is regularly infused into his work, this chapter examines how the Québécois auteur responded to criticism and adapted two of his seminal works, The Dragons’ Trilogy (1985) and Needles and Opium (1991), decades after they launched his international career. This study connects what I have termed as Lepage’s ‘auto-adaptations’ with the auteur’s drive to revise the problematic politics of representation present in select productions. Through an interrogation of what Lepage calls the ‘spin-off’ to The Dragons’ Trilogy, 2008’s The Blue Dragon, and the 2013 re-envisioning of Needles and Opium, this chapter explores the ways in which Lepage employs and adapts his adaptation-making process to respond to problematic depictions of racial/cultural difference in his original productions.


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  • Melissa Poll
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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