November 6 to 15th, 2008
La Chapelle Theatre
Text / Texte : Michel Marc Bouchard
Translation / Traduction :Linda Gaboriau
Direction / Mise En Scène : Emma Tibaldo
ACTORS / INTERPRÉTATION :
- Marcelo Arroyo (Ambrose)
- Patrick Costello (Carl)
- Graham Cuthbertson (Victor)
DESIGN TEAM / L'ÉQUIPE DE CONCEPTION :
- Lyne Paquette, Set/Costume Designer
- David Perreault Ninacs, Sarah Yaffe Lighting Designer
- Michael Leon, Sound Designer
- Mireille Couture, Video and Visual Designer
- Rasili Botz, Movement Designer
A Talisman Theatre Equity Coop Production with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage through IPOLC.
THE SYNOPSIS / LE SYNOPSIS :
Carl has returned to Alma to get married fifteen years to the day since their father, a drunk and a poet, drowned. On the morning of the wedding Victor takes his brothers on a trip to his isolated fishing camp in the Quebec woods. On the way they have a tragic truck-wreck near where their father died. Down Dangerous Passes Road traces the consequences of this event.
Down Dangerous Passes Road was written in 1998, it is Bouchard's ninth play. In 2000 it was translated by Linda Gaboriau. This is the story of three brothers who come from vastly different walks of life.The play takes place in an eternal moment of deja-vu and examines three lives struggling for a final moment of lucidity. This is a frank play about guilt and death; as Ambrose says: Nobody's as frank as a dying man.The story unwinds on a logging road in a strange limbo where there are no mosquitos. In a state of delayed shock after an accident, they reenact the trauma of their father's death, each from his own perspective.
In his Prologue to Down Dangerous Passes Road, Bouchard draws our attention to the way we hide from the realities of guilt and death, protecting ourselves behind illusions and routines. The play shows how the complicated games of lies and truth we play in our relationships can precipitate us into unforseen situations. With simple words, and in a simple setting, Bouchard evokes a gripping, multi-layered, allegorical commentary on Quebec culture through three brothers bound together by the death of their father.