September 20 to 30th, 2006
Text / Texte : Daniel Danis
Translation / Traduction : Linda Gaboriau
Direction / Mise en scène : Emma Tibaldo
ACTORS / INTERPRÉTATION :
- Sarah Stanley (the mother)
- Guy Sprung (the old man)
- and Marcelo Arroyo (the son)
DESIGN TEAM / L'ÉQUIPE DE CONCEPTION :
- Lyne Paquette, Set/Costume Designer
- David Perreault Ninacs, Lighting Designer
- Michael Leon, Sound Designer
A Talisman Theatre and Infinitheatre Co-production, with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage through IPOLC.
THE SYNOPSIS / LE SYNOPSIS :
In a series of twenty-four short scenes or snapshots, That Woman breathtakingly transports you into a landscape of memories where an Old Man, a Mother and a Son struggle to experience perfect moments of happiness in an existence devoid of opportunity. They collect small victories among the revelations of pain. A world opens, invites us in and asks us to participate: the body starved of knowledge and culture, the forbidden garden of sexual expression, the separation of body and soul and the inability to participate in a child's game of laughter.
This play is a challenge. It is written in poetic monologue form. The monologues are moments in time, told by three people that live in the same house but are not equipped to live in the same time or space. In the play, the monologues become a dialogue among the three; a composite story of repression, neglect, cruelty and astonishing resilience, love and hope. The Mother's words are spoken during the twenty minutes prior to her death. The Old Man speaks at two different times, during the night of The Mother's death while her body lies on the floor, and at the time of the Son's arrival. The Son speaks at his arrival in the house on the third day following the Mother's death. Her body is no longer in the house. The funeral for the Mother will take place the following day.
Celle-là by Daniel Danis was awarded the Governor General Award in 1993. In 1998 it was translated by Linda Gaboriau and entitled That Woman. This is a play that tells the story of a woman, her name never mentioned, who is sent away from her family at the age of seventeen by her brother the Bishop after she is found exploring her sexuality.
"A style that deftly blends the levels, weaves the voices, short-circuits the emotions, with the apparent confusion of a mental journey, creating a remarkably efficient and orderly whole." Robert Lévesque, Le Devoir, January 15, 1993.