Queen of the Cadillac
A black comedy in two acts for seven actors.
In this irreverent comedy where nothing sacred goes unchallenged, half mad but still sweet and charming Hestor clings to the few scraps of self-worth left her by MacCulloch, her equally charming, abusive, alcoholic father. Her sense of family is re-defined when the old man dies. With the help of her chosen family — the Montreal street people, habitues of The Golden Cadillac Tavern for whom she provides — Hestor defeats the lingering malignancy of biological kinship and a bizarre affliction which has plagued her for years… the cloud of migrating souls that fogs her consciousness. Ordinary sanity is an abstract possibility for Hestor, who knows it exists but has never taken much comfort in its narrow parameters. Her struggles eventually liberate Ehrlich, her own punked-up, messed-up, lost and abandoned son. Ehrlich’s sudden appearance changes Hestor’s life, and the lives of her down and out and just plain odd friends — for the better, and for good.