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October 20-29th 2011

 

Studio Jean Valcourt, Conservatoire d'art dramatique et de musique

 

Text / Texte : Pierre-Michel Tremblay

Translation / Traduction : Micheline Chevrier

Direction / Mise En Scène : Zach Fraser

 

ACTORS / INTERPRÉTATION :

 

  • Éloi ArchamBaudoin
  • Glenda Braganza
  • Susan Glover
  • Chimwemwe Miller
  • Donovan Reiter

 

DESIGN TEAM / L'ÉQUIPE DE CONCEPTION :

 

  • Set Design / Scénographie : Lyne Paquette
  • Costume Design / Costumes : Fruzsina Lànyi
  • Lighting Design / Lumière : David Perreault Ninacs
  • Sound Design / Environnement Sonore : Matthew Waddell

 

THE SYNOPSIS / LE SYNOPSIS :

 

As a recently divorced humour columnist for the city's most read newspaper, Daniel is a local celebrity. For Éloi ArchamBaudoin who plays Daniel, the character contemplates the important things we all should have on our mind, from the notion of success to the excess of oversized vehicles, "This is a very modern piece set in present day, with references to recent events and Montreal news." Coma Unplugged is a witty and beautifully touching look inside Daniel's mind. Here, we meet his various 'visitors': his ex-wife Marjorie (Braganza), Roger- a childhood bully (Reiter), his mother Madeleine (Glover), Ishouad- a mysterious Tuareg warrior (Miller) and Stephen Hawking. Daniel ultimately grasps that he is comatose following a traffic accident. Or was it an accident? In his own words, he wanted "to see if I could be as brave as that little Chinese guy in Tiananmen Square". His daughter needs him, but will he choose to return? This is the reality check that leads him to examine the cynicism inherent to his era. Teetering between life and death, he finds clarity.

 

Description:

 

With 'Coma Unplugged' we bring the audience into the mind of a man wrestling with inner demons invoked by cultural conflict. As this remarkably ordinary delirium unfolds, it reveals a mind of sincerity, perseverance, and self-awareness. Cloaked under comedy and cunning, Pierre-Michel's text is nevertheless an earnest and sage message for all generations: cherish life and love, because sardonic indifference leads only to emptiness and apathy. As morbidly amusing as Daniel's grave circumstances may be, the audience is impelled to contemplate their own values and discover a startling empathy.

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