A co-production with The Other Theatre
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Text / Texte : Mathieu Gosselin Translation / Traduction : Nadine Desrochers Direction / Mise En Scène : Stacey Christodoulou Actors / Interprétation : Éloi ArchamBaudoin, Stefanie Buxton, Davide Chiazzese, Zach Fraser, Mike Hughes, Sabrina Reeves, Jennifer Roberts, France Rolland and Natalie Tannous.
DESIGN TEAM / L'ÉQUIPE DE CONCEPTION : Set Design / Scénographie : Lyne Paquette Costume Design / Costumes : Fruzsina Lanyi Lighting Design / Lumière : David Perreault Ninacs Sound Design / Environnement Sonore : Jesse Ash Composer / compositeur : Jesse Ash Stage Manager: Barbara Zsigovics
Thank you for the generous support of Canadian Actors' Equity Association and Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. TALISMAN THEATRE engages, under the terms of the Indie Policy, professional artists who are members of the Canadian Actor's Equity Association.
THE SYNOPSIS / LE SYNOPSIS : "Set in the deep forest of Quebec, this darkly comic play is part of a rich tradition of dystopian art, exploring humanity’s indifference to environmental destruction and our commitment to individualism at any cost. A poetic, whimsical fable, steeped in organic rural textures, Province revolves around characters who must face off against mutant animals. Despite the ecological malaise, the people of Province continue their pre-apocalypse lives with as much gusto as before, playing Wii, making home videos and obsessing over their looks."
Province explores humanity’s indifference to environmental destruction and its commitment to individualism at any cost. It asks whether our adaptability—our greatest human strength—may actually be what is holding us back from finding common sense solutions to our generation’s most pressing problem. Province fits perfectly into the aesthetic niche created by our past productions.
Province is written by Mathieu Gosselin, a Quebecois playwright/actor in his early thirties. Province, was first staged by Théâtre de la Banquette Arrière at La Licorne in May 2012.
This play has never been produced in English!!! Talisman's 2015 production will be Canada's English-language premiere of this remarkable work.It’s getting warmer; you can smell the fear in the air. Nature is running amok. Climate change or a much darker, transfiguring force.
Province takes the audience on a wild ride, full of potent questions and uneasy answers.
Mathieu Gosselin, playwright
Graduate from the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Montreal in the acting program (2001), Mathieu Gosselin is known in the Quebec cultural scene as an actor and a playwright. He has performed in Montreal’s main theaters, on television and in film. Collaborating with the Théâtre de la Pire Espèce since its inception, he acted in Traces de Cloune, Ubu sur table and Perseus (2005) which he also co-authored. With the Théâtre Le Clou, he co-wrote Éclats et autres libertés (2009). This play won the Louise Lahaye Prize (2010) and the AQCT Critic’s Prize in the Young Audience Category (2011) . Mathieu has also written Fête sauvage (2006), Tomber juste (2006), Mélodie dépanneur and Province (2012). Fête sauvage was nominated in 2007 for a MASQUE in the category REVELATION and ORIGINAL TEXT. Province was produced by Banquette Arrière at the Licorne Theatre in May 2012 and acclaimed by the critics.
Nadine Desrochers, translator
Nadine Desrochers is a professor, dramaturg, and translator from Montreal. From 2001 to 2006, she worked at the Centre des auteurs dramatiques, overseeing translations in French, English, and Spanish. She has translated four plays by Sarah Berthiaume, two of which (The Flood Thereafter and Yukonstyle) were part of Canadian Stage's 2013-2014 season; The Flood Thereafter was originally produced by Talisman in 2010. P@ndora, also by Berthiaume, was produced by Youtheatre in 2012. Nadine's translation of The Medea Effect, by Suzie Bastien, was read at the hotINK festival in New York and produced by Talisman Theatre in 2012; it won the 2013 META Award for Outstanding New Translation. Her other translation credits include Marilyn Perreault's Rock, Paper, Jackknife... (produced by Talisman Theatre in 2009 and published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2010) and Scenes from a Tree, a children's production by Des mots d'la dynamite. As she works in both languages, Nadine has translated Heather Hermant's ribcage: this wide passage to French. Her upcoming projects include the translations of the GG-nominated play Billy (The Days of Howling) by Fabien Cloutier, and Province, by Mathieu Gosselin. Her translation work is rooted in her own acting background, which led her to the stages of the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Theatre du Trillium, as well as to different television roles and appearances. Nadine teaches in the area of library and information science at the Universite de Montreal, and her research focuses, among other things, on the information-sharing practices of creators in digital culture.
Stacey Christodoulou, director
Stacey Christodoulou is the founder and Artistic Director of The Other Theatre, where she has directed the company’s, original creations and installations, which have been presented in Montreal (Centaur Theatre, Espace Libre, Théâtre Prospero, the FTA, among others) and NYC (including the Ice House Festival/Ohio Theatre and Ideas City/New Museum). A bilingual company, The Other Theatre devotes itself to exploring the larger existential questions through text, movement, and an exploration of visual art and architecture. She has directed and taught at The National Theatre School of Canada and The University of Toledo’s Theatre and Film Department and has been a guest lecturer at UQAM, Brock University and McGill University, as well as mentoring young directors as part of Imago’s Theatre Gym and Teesri Dunya’s Mentoring Diversity. Upcoming work: the company’s creation LOVE U LOVECRAFT at Théâtre La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in March 2016.
A graduate of the National Theatre School's French acting program, Eloi has appeared in two of Talisman Theatre's previous productions (Coma Unplugged and The Medea Effect). His recent portrayal of Michel Tremblay's Hosanna for Tableau d'Hôte Theatre was critically acclaimed. Here at the Centaur, he played a professional stripper in With Bated Breath (MECCA for Best Ensemble), and his performance as Mr. Marks, the orthodox Jewish tailor in Intimate Apparel, was highly praised. TV credits include 19-2, The Art of More, 30 Vies, Unité 9, Sophie and Les Bougon.
Stefanie Buxton is a graduate of Concordia University's Specialization in Theatre Performance. She is a Montreal-based actress working in theatre, film, television and voice. Selected theatre credits include: If We Were Birds (Imago Theatre), Angel's Share (Composite Theatre/Montreal Fringe 2013), Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale/Centaur Theatre), The Madonna Painter (Centaur Theatre), Rock, Paper, Jackknife... (Talisman/Centaur Theatre), Down The Main Drag (Hatch Festival and Summerworks) and girls!girls!girls! (FTA). Film and television credits include North Pole, Fatal Vows, Do No Harm, Sophie, Fries With That?, My First Wedding, Wicker Park and Tales from the Neverending Story. She has also performed original voices for the animated series My Life Me and Station X, as well as the animated feature film Sahara. Alongside her work as a professional actress, Stefanie is an acting instructor at ASM Performing Arts and has taught with Geordie Theatre School.
Davide Chaizzese is a local actor, budding director and aspiring playwright, who was introduced to the arts at a very young age as his father was involved with l’Associazione Trinacria, an organization devoted to maintaining Sicilian culture in Quebec through theatre, music and folklore dancing. He is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Program at John Abbott College and recipient of both the Carla Napier Scholarship and Pamela Montgomery Award. He was most recently seen in Theatre Lac Brome’s The 39 Steps for which he is nominated for a META in the Best Supporting Actor category. Since graduating, he has worked closely with Teesri Duniya Theatre both on and off stage. As an Artistic Associate of the company, last year he administrated and participated in a directing mentorship, in collaboration with The Other Theatre. He was later selected to be part of the Artist Mentorship Program with Black Theatre Workshop, which prepared him to direct Des fraises en Javier/Strawberries in January (in both languages) for Persephone Productions. Davide is currently developing an autobiographical piece about gender roles, identity and loss. You can see him on stage once again in Teesri Duniya’s next show: Corpus, in November.
Zach is a Montreal-based actor, director, puppeteer & teacher. Performances include The Game of Love & Chance(Centaur/Canadian Stage), Trench Patterns (Infinitheatre), Mémoire de Lou (Avant-Pays) & l’hommencolère (Le Bureau). Directing credits include The Aeneid and Coma Unplugged (Talisman), Blindness (John Abbott College) & …and stockings for the ladies (Rustwerk/HGJT). Puppet designs include MacBeth: Walking Shadows (Shakespeare in the Ruff, Toronto),The Nisei & the Narnauks (Persephone), The Aeneid (Talisman), The Heretics of Bohemia (Scapegoat/Segal), & La Fourmilite (Échantillon 23). Zach is on faculty at John Abbott College. In November, check out Love, Child at Infinitheatre.With his company The Rustwerk Refinery, Zach is working toward the February 2016 premiere of Louis Riel: a comic-strip stage play based on Chester Brown’s acclaimed graphic novel. www.rustwerk.ca
Mike Hughes is an experienced performer, teacher and workshop leader. He holds an BFA from Concordia University where he studied Theatre and Development. He currently teaches Improvisation at both the National Theatre School of Canada and at Dawson College in the professional theatre program. As an actor Mike has worked with Geordie Theatre, the Segal, Table D’Hôte and the Cirque du Soleil. He most recently performed in the Mighty Carlins at ASM studio. He is a member of Montreal based comedy troupe Uncalled For.
Sabrina moved from New York City to Montreal seven years ago and is thrilled to be performing at the Centaur for the first time. She is a founding member of the Dora award-winning collective Bluemouth Inc., with whom she has created over eight original works that continue to tour nationally and internationally. Most recently, Sabrina wrote a solo show entitled Blindsided that was performed at Théatre La Chapelle in Montreal and SummerWorks in Toronto. She works regularly in film and television and has had the good fortune to work with such directors as Stanley Tucci, Denis Villeneuve, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Arto Paragamian and Mel Shapiro. Sabrina is so happy to have settled in Montreal and to be working with Stacey Christodoulou and the stellar cast of Province.
Jennifer grew up in small-town Ontario and moved to Montreal after high-school to complete her B.F.A in Theatre & Development at Concordia University. She has since worked as an actor and acting teacher with companies all over Montreal. Most recent acting credits: Waiting for the Parade (Spade Theatre), Chloe’s Choice (Geordie Productions), In Memoriam (Sermo Scomber Theatre), and Deaf Snow White (Seeing Voices Montreal). Jennifer recently completed the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop and currently teaches at Montreal Children’s Theatre. She is beyond thrilled to work with this incredible group of talented artists.
France Rolland is a Montreal based actor. Theatre credits include: Top Girls (Segal Centre) Sexy Béton (Projet Porte Parole), Bliss (Candles are for Burning), Les Contes Urbains (Théâtre Urbi et Orbi), Snowman and Bye Bye Baby (Imago Theatre), Medea and The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale). She took part in the Festival Transamériques, The Just For Laughs Festival and the Toronto Summerworks Festival. She won the Montreal English Critics Circle Award (Mecca) for Best Actress for her lead role in Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale) and the Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding Supporting Female Actor for The Bacchae (Scapegoat Carnivale).
Natalie bounces from French to English projects, on screen, on the web and on stage, as an actor and more recently, as a writer and director. Some of her stage credits include Refuge, premiered in Halifax with Eastern Front Theatre and presented as a reading in Montreal with Imago Theatre, La recette de Backlawas presented for the 10th edition of Paroles de femmes and Teesri Duniya Theatre’s premiere of State of Denial. On screen (web, TV, film) she was featured in Unité 9, 19-2, Toute la vérité, La galère, La marraine, La liste, In Sickness, Coming Out and Sex and Ethnicity but Natalie is most recognized as Fatima Mazari, an overbearing Egyptian mom on Télé-Québec’s teen hit show Subito Texto. Natalie is pleased to add Province to her resume and welcomes the challenge of personifying Carol Coach alongside a great cast and crew. To all who support her in her endeavors, thank you.
Lyne is a founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Talisman Theatre. A graduate of the National Theatre School, theatre design is Lyne's second career. She continues to develop her theatre training with puppetry workshops and recently completed a three-month internship at Michael Curry Design. Since 2003 Lyne has designed for many theatre, dance, and operetta productions in Montreal. Prior to that Lyne was an Assistant Designer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has designed set and costumes for Talisman productions since 2005.
Visit Lyne's website: www.lynepaquette.com.
Fruzsina graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada in 2003, and has since created numerous costume, set, props and make-up designs. She also works in films in her country of origine Hungary. For Fruzsina, theatre in a multifacetted world of inspiration, exchange and growth.
David Perreault Ninacs
Since graduating from NTS, David has designed over 70 theatre shows(this will be his twelfth show with Mrs. Christodoulou) and he has done lighting for visual arts shows, corporate galas, dance and musical shows. After almost twenty years of this life, he still believes that light in all its forms is worth looking into more closely.
Jesse Ash is very happy to have been included in this very unique work with such a talented group of co-conspirators. Elsewhere he has created Sound Designs for the Stratford Festival, The Grand Theatre, The NAC, Montreal's Centaur, and Segal Centre, many memorable productions with Montreal's SideMart Theatrical Grocery and more. Standouts include co-design for Robert Wilson's unique take on Krapp's Last Tape (Italian premiere and world tour), Associate Sound Design for Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford at the LaJolla Playhouse), Design for Daniel MacIvor's The Best Brothers (world premiere, Stratford), The Pit and the Pendulum (Centaur's Wildside), Composition and Design for Scientific Americans (SideMart/Segal), Robert Wilson's Mind Gap (Norsk Teknisk Museum), Istvan and the fur trout (short film), and public audio installation piece Aural Histories; Monument. Jesse is an instructor and Coach at the National Theatre School and also enjoys making noise with Reversing Falls and contributing to other recording projects.
A native of New Brunswick Jesse is a graduate of Technical Production at the National Theatre School of Canada (2007) and of OIART's (London ON) Audio Engineering. Program (2002). Focusing largely on Audio Engineering and Sound Design for theatre he worked in and around his home province before coming to Montreal to attend the NTSC. Some highlights from that time include Head of Sound for the Fredericton Playhouse (2002-03) and Technical Director for Live Bait Theatre (2003). More recently he has found himself Sound Designing in Montreal and Toronto and working seasonally with Just for Laughs, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe, and Stratford Festivals.
After producing her first play at the age of fourteen, Barbara graduated from F.A.C.E. in 1997 and has worked professionally in the Montreal Theatre community for the last 20 years. She has worked as a stage manager, technical director and lighting designer for a variety of theatre companies (Q Art Theatre, The Other Theatre, Talisman Theatre, Gravy Bath and Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre) in French and English productions of such plays as: The Tragedy of Man 2000. The Scavenger's Daughter 2003, The Portrait of Dorian Gray 2003, Soap Opera 2003, The Box Man 2004, Expulsion 2004, That Woman 2006, Down Dangerous Passes Road 2008, Oedipus 2009, Macbeth 2010 and Réhabilitation 2011.