Pi Theatre kicked off its 2008-2009 season with the Western Canadian premiere of the English translation of Evelyne de la Chenelière's Bashir Lazhar.
Directed by Richard Wolfe
Featuring David Marr
Jessie Richardson Nomination: Outstanding Set Design: Jergus Oprsal
Jessie Richardson Nomination: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role: David Marr
Bashir Lazhar is a substitute teacher from Algeria who must bring his grade six class through a trauma that mirrors his own. This celebration of courage is told with humour and conviction in a new translation by Morwyn Brebner, who brought us The Optimists and Little Mercy's First Murder.
This one-man show is written with great sensitivity by Evelyne de la Chenelière, considered one of Québec’s pre-eminent playwrights. Bashir has left behind his wife and three children and has come to Montréal to prepare for their new life in Canada. His story explores the practical and emotional nuances of living in a multi-cultural society, and raises questions about the relationship between teacher and student.
Bashir Lazhar is a human portrait that touches on the challenges that many new Canadians experience while trying to find their way in a new country, and those we all face as we make our way in a sometimes-difficult world. It is a celebration of survival through love.
8PM Tuesday-Saturday, 2pm matinees March 8, 14,15 & 21
World Theatre Day discount performance Sunday Mar 8, Two-for-one preview Mar 5
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Director: Richard Wolfe
Featuring: David Marr
Set and Lighting Designer: Jergus Oprsal
Original Music and Sound Designer: Joelysa Pankanea
Projection Designer: Jamie Nesbitt
Costume Designer: Barbara Clayden
Stage Manager: David Kerr
Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Technical Director: Elisha Burrows
Photographer: Tim Matheson