Born February 10, 1945 in Saint-Romuald, one of the neighborhoods of Lévis, Jean Barbeau had his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s, with satirical plays that used the joual and the popular Quebecois to deal with humor of the different tensions expressed through language and culture in Quebec.
If some of his plays adopt a clearly comic tone, like Manon Lastcall (1972) or Play me love (1972), other works describe in a more dramatic way the pyschological victims of the malaise of the province, as The Chemin de Lacroix, Bobolink or Ben-Ur, all written in 1971. The latter will also experience a publishing success, with more than 30,000 copies sold in bookstores.
Most of his pieces have been produced throughout the province or abroad, in their original version, translated or adapted.
In the late 1970s, Barbeau ventured into larger themes with pieces like The Garden of the White House (1979) and The Abominable Sand Man (1989).
Since 1989, the author has become more discreet, leaving the theater. He wrote for radio and television for some time in the 1990s and co-wrote the first independent Acadian feature film. The Secret of Jerome, In 1994.