October 7 to 17, 2015 8:30pm at the Centaur Theatre
453 St. François-Xavier.
Box Office: (514) 288-3161
Text / Texte : Mathieu Gosselin
Translation / Traduction : Nadine Desrochers
Direction / Mise En Scène : Stacey Christodoulou
Actors / Interprétation : Éloi ArchamBaudoin, Stefanie Buxton, Davide Chiazzese, Zach Fraser, Sabrina Reeves, France Rolland and 3 other actors to be determined
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
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. A a graduate of the University of Toronto's Theatre Program, Stacey studied with Uta Birnbaum, Bertolt Brecht's last assistant at the Berliner Ensemble, before moving to Montreal where she and has studied at l'école de mime Omnibus and contact dance with Louis Guillemette. She has also studied Viewpoints improvisation Anne Bogart and Mary Overlie, as well as with international directors as part of the Director's Symposium at LaMama Theatre (NYC). 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 the Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill University, as well as mentoring young directors as part of Imago's Theatre Gym and Teesri Dunya's Mentoring Diversity.
Éloi ArchamBaudoin , a graduate of NTS and an Ottawa U. Theatre Major, acts in Montreal (in English and French), in theatre, in TV series and commercials, and as a voice actor (for animation and voice-overs). He portrayed a professional stripper in Centaur Theatre's critically acclaimed, edgy production of With Bated Breath (MECCA Award for Best Ensemble) and appeared as "The Narrator" in Duceppe's French adaptation of the musical Blood Brothers. Recently, he has been touring the country as a zany detective in Holy Cow!, a children's musical, for more than 200 performances. TV credits include The Phantom, Les Rescapés, Sophie, René Lévesque, Les Bougon and Les Invincibles. He will be back at the Centaur this season in Lynn Nottage's award-winning play Intimate Apparel.
Stefanie Buxton is a professional actress based in Montreal. She is a graduate of Concordia University's Specialization in Theatre Performance and she works in theatre, film, television and voice. Previous stage credits include "The Madonna Painter" (Centaur), "Rock, Paper, Jackknife..." (Talisman/Centaur), "Le Code Noir" (Black Theatre Workshop), "Down The Main Drag" (Summerworks/ Hatch), and "girls!girls!girls!" (Festival Theatre des Ameriques). Previous film and television credits include "Fries With That?", "Tales From The Neverending Story", "Sophie", "Wicker Park"; and Stefanie also plays the role of Sandra in the animated series "My Life Me". She has been an instructor at ASM Performing Arts for three years, specializing in Behaviour 1, Scene/Camera and the Production class.
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 Fraser is a Montreal-based director, actor, puppeteer and teacher. He is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier, UQÀM's puppetry program, and Dalhousie University. For Talisman, Zach last directed Coma Unplugged. Other directing includes and stockings for the ladies (Rustwerks/HGJT) and The Government Inspector (U de M). Recent performances include The Game of Love and Chance (Canadian Stage/Centaur) and Trench Patterns (Infinitheatre). The Aeneid marks Zach's second puppet design, following The Heretics of Bohemia for Scapegoat Carnivale. In development: a new stage adaptation of Chester Brown's graphic novel Louis Riel. As a movement coach, Zach recently worked on Sherlock Holmes (Segal) and Kafka's Ape (Infinitheatre). He is on faculty at John Abbott College and was recently a guest instructor at École Philippe Gaulier in France.
Mike Hughes is an experienced performer, teacher and workshop leader and has studied physical and imaged based theatre. For the past 10 years he has taught improvisation and acting extensively throughout Europe and Canada. As an actor Mike has worked with Geordie Theatre, the Segal Center, GravyBath, Table D'Hôte, the Montreal Young company and the Cirque du Soleil. In 2010 and 2012 Mike performed and choreographed as part of Bouge D'ici's Dance Week. He is a member of the Montreal comedy troupe Uncalled For and he currently performs the role of Alberti in Cirque du Soleil's touring production Dralion.
Sabrina Reeves was born and raised in Boston, Massachusettes. Her acting career began at roughly age 8, performing speeches at dinner parties held by her parents. A Queen Elizabeth speech that began 'My loving people' was a personal favorite and a sure crowd-pleaser. She continued acting through her tumultuous teen years and ultimately received a BFA in drama at Carnegie-Mellon University. Upon graduation, she moved to New York where she worked in film, theatre and television for 7 years before meeting and marrying Canadian musician, David Usher.
Together, they moved to Montréal. It was here that Sabrina would meet a dancer, a filmmaker and a sound designer and form the collective bluemouth inc. Ultimately settling in Toronto, bluemouth inc has created over 10 original inter-disciplinary works, performed all over the world, received countless government grants, and been the subject of several Canadian Theatre articles. When having children necessitated staying at home rather than touring the world with bluemouth, Sabrina decided to create a Montreal-based company that would allow her to continue making work while staying close to home. And so in 2011, she created Fée Fatale. The company's first two shows were produced at Théâtre la Chapelle: Les creux d'un rêve in 2011and Blindsided in 2013.
In addition to her own work, Sabrina works continuously in film, theatre and television. She has had the good fortune to work with such directors as Stanley Tucci, Mel Shapiro, Jean Pierre-Jeunet, Nicolas Monette and Arto Paragamian. She is also a mother of two and a professional photographer who has shot the headshots of hundreds, if not thousands of actors in Montréal, Toronto and New York.
Jennifer Roberts is an experienced performer, teacher, facilitator, and is a graduate of the Theatre & Development program at Concordia University. As an actor, she has worked with Geordie Productions, Sermo Scomber Theatre, Seeing Voices Montreal, Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, National Theatre School, and Concordia. Jennifer has taught acting and theatre at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Shift Space, Actor's Studio Montreal, Geordie Theatre School, Concordia University, and at schools and community centres in and around Montreal, Northern Quebec, and Uganda.
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 Tannous was born in Montreal and graduated with honors from Dawson's professional theatre program, class of 1996. She has since kept training with well known directors Robert Favreau and Lea Pool. Natalie is a perfectly bilingual (English, French) actor and also speaks some Arabic and Spanish which comes in handy with her casting! Her wide range casting has allowed her this far to play an extravagant Dominican woman Clarissa (Coming out season 1 and season 2), an 'in the closet' Arabic girl Shabana (Sex and Ethnicity), an overbearing multitasking Algerian/Egyptian mother Fatima (Subito Texto season 1-2-3) as well as non-specific ethnic characters such as a prison guard Mamoru (Unité 9), a detective (Toute la Vérité) or Rachel, a loving daughter dealing with her aging mother (La liste). On stage, Natalie has played a First Nations inmate(Unfit for Bears)., Armenian and Turkish women (State of Denial).and was even cast as an Indian/Canadian woman in the Canadian Premiere of Refuge presented in Halifax.
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 LANYI 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
David Perreault Ninacs graduated from NTS, and has since designed some 60 theatre shows and done lighting for visual arts shows, corporate galas, dance and musical shows; as well as designing domestic lamps. David has taught lighting design at the National Theatre School. After all of this, he still enjoys light in all its forms.
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.