Théâtre PÀP (Montreal, Canada)
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre For The Arts
149 West Hastings Street
8:00PM (75 min, no intermission)
Post-Performance Talk: January 23
First performed in 1995, on the eve of the Quebec referendum, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi by award-winning Larry Tremblay caused a sensation and became a piece of essential playwriting that defined a wave of French-Canadian work. In the deft hands of director Claude Poissant the work resonates with new relevance in a bold re-imagining that turns the play’s monologue structure on its head.
Gaston Talbot, the play’s anti-hero, leads the audience through an abyss of childhood memories and trauma, marked by a violent event that robs him of the ability to speak. When Gaston finally recovers his voice he can only speak English, filtered through his francophone consciousness. And in this way, he weaves a fantastical and disturbing tale that challenges our perception of truth. In this acclaimed production, five actors embody the play’s protagonist, delivering a linguistic tour de force like a chorus of Gaston’s fractured mind.
Théâtre PÀP has passionately promoted and developed contemporary playwriting to introduce emerging playwrights and to create opportunities for artists to deliver original works of art since 1978. This prolific Montreal-based company has produced more than 80 plays, primarily by contemporary Quebec writers.
>> A powerful piece of dramatic writing… <<Montreal Gazette
>> A work mythologized since its inception almost 20 years ago… The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi continues to amaze. << Le Devoir
Tickets: Advance $27–33 | Door $29–35
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Group rate: $23
Playwright: Larry Tremblay | Director: Claude Poissant | Actors: Dany Boudreault, Patrice Dubois, Daniel Parent, Étienne Pilon, Mani Soleymanlou | Assistant director: Catherine La Frenière | Set designer: Olivier Landreville | Lighting designer: Erwann Bernard | Sound designer: Éric Forget | Costume designer: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt | Make-up designer: Florence Cornet | Prop designer: David Ouellet | Movement coach: Caroline Laurin-Beaucage | Technical director: Judith St-Pierre | Stage manager: Olivier Gaudet-Savard
Production co-produced by Festival TransAmériques; supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec