Acts of Passion '96

A reading series of Québécois plays in English translation

Co-produced with Ruby Slippers and Théâtre la Seizième

Aux Hommes de bonne volonté by Jean-François Caron
Director: Yvan Morissette
Musician: Robert des Côtes
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Galia Goodwin
Cast: Gérard Malo, Marco Giguère, Marco Roy, Monique Polloni, Richard Thériault, Trilby Jeeves

About the Play: Jeannot dies of AIDS at the peak of his youth. He asks that his will be read out officially in the office of he notary. In his will, he denounces death, the force that kills the dreams of the young and cripples their desires. In a state of emergency, there is no time to be polite.

The Four Lives of Marie / Les Quatre morts de Marie by Carol Fréchette (Translated by John Murrell)
Director: Sandhano Schultze
Musician: Andréas Kahre
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Claire Nichol
Cast: Lois Anderson, Camyar Chai, Andrew Wheeler, Mike Stack, Suzinn McFarlen

About the Play: She wants to write the adventures of Mary Simpson, she wanted to raise four boys and four girls, she wanted to walk all the way to Tierra del Fuego. She wanted... But instead she sold cheap shoes on Mont Royal St., she wrote fiery words on the walls, she smiled at the TV and slept a lot... Her name is Marie. She was born in the middle of the century, a century that has come to an end. In four tableaux, the voyage of a bold woman, from the moment she left for school one sunny May morning to her frantic flight, many years later, alone in a rickety boat on the high seas.

Lucky Lady by Jean-Marc Dalpé (Translated by Robert Dickson)
Director: Diane Brown
Musician: Andréas Kahre
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Galia Goodwin
Cast: Dean Haglund, Mike Stack, Beverley Elliott, Kristina Agosti, Carmen Aguirre

About the Play: Zak's in the big house and owed the "Angels" big bucks; Bernie's trying to start a new life after a near fatal accident; Shirley's going to cut an album if it kills her; Claire's going to raise her daughter alone if it kills Bernie; and Mimi's got a scam that never fails. Well almost never...

La Chaise perdue by Louis-Dominique Lavigne et Luc LeBlanc
Director: Ghislain Basque
Musician: Robert des Côtes
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Galia Goodwin
Cast: Yvan Morissette, Karl Santos, Mary Mancini, Kelly Hong
Voice Work: Jean-Guy Therrien

About the Play: Grandpa has left for a better world and Mathieu tries to copy by locking himself up and blanking out his life from all related memories. But grandpa's not that far...and Mathieu's room becomes a strange land where weird people wait for a mysterious event to escape from ... CHÂÂÂ !!

The Forbidden City / La Cité interdite by Dominic Champagne (Translated by Shelley Tepperman)
Director: Katrina Dunn
Musician: Peter Hurst
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Claire Nichol
Cast: Kristina Agosti, Bill Dow, Kathleen Duborg, David McKay, Kurt-Max Runte, Peter Wilds

About the Play: An imaginary epic inspired by the 1970 October crisis in Quebec, this vitriolic satire of dreams and revolt depicts the dilemma of three brothers who struggle for revolution in an unspecified country. The play takes us into the proverbial closet, where the skeleton is still asleep.

Setting Accounts / Règlements de contes by Yvan Bienvenue (Translated by Shelley Tepperman)
Director: Sandhano Schultze
Slide Designer: Tim Matheson
Stage Manager: Claire Nichol
Cast: Scott Bellis

About the Play: During a night for the sexually frustrated, Stephane robs three skinhads of a tombstone they have stolen from a Jewish cemetery. He then seeks refuge in a back alley where the studio of his girlfriend, a Jazz and Blues guitarist, is located. There are two times of guys, those who shit and those who eat shit. Stephane, the hero of our story, is more the eating type.

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