October 7 to 17, 2015 8:30pm
The Centaur Theatre
453 St. François-Xavier.
Box Office: (514) 288-3161
Text : Mathieu Gosselin
Translation : Nadine Desrochers
Direction : Stacey Christodoulou
- Éloi ArchamBaudoin,
- Stefanie Buxton,
- Davide Chiazzese,
- Zach Fraser,
- Mike Hughes,
- Sabrina Reeves,
- Jennifer Roberts,
- France Rolland, and
- Natalie Tannous,
- Tristan D.Lalla (voice).
DESIGN TEAM :
- Set Design : Lyne Paquette
- Costume Design : Fruzsina Lanyi
- Lighting Design : David Perreault Ninacs
- Sound Design : Jesse Ash
- Composer : Jesse Ash
- Stage Manager: Barbara Zsigovics
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 :
"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."
“The forest’s advance, the animals’ unnatural frenzy, that horrific vision. I’m starting to connect the dots and the big picture is dreadful.”--Hide
“Among the murmur of the thistle and nettle, you can hear the dribble of drool over fangs. Eyes closed, you can almost see the manufactured and mutant shapes of the unseen.”--Buddy
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,, where she has directed the company’s, original creations and installations, which have been presented in Montreal (Centaur Theatre, Espace Libre, Théâtre Prospero, the FTA, among others) and NYC (including the Ice House Festival/Ohio Theatre and Ideas City/New Museum). A bilingual company, The Other Theatre devotes itself to exploring the larger existential questions through text, movement, and an exploration of visual art and architecture. 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 UQAM, Brock University and McGill University, as well as mentoring young directors as part of Imago’s Theatre Gym and Teesri Dunya’s Mentoring Diversity. Upcoming work: the company’s creation LOVE U LOVECRAFT at Théâtre La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines in March 2016.
Artistic Director Lyne Paquette talks about set designing and co-producing the upcoming Talisman/Other Theatre Production PROVINCE (.pdf)
- Author Mathieu Gosselin talks about seeing his play PROVINCE translated and brought to the stage by Talisman/Other Theatre (.pdf)
Director Stacey Christodoulou talks about directing and co-producing the upcoming Talisman/Other Theatre Production PROVINCE (.pdf)
Actor Éloi ArchamBaudoin talks about playing super-bro Brandon in PROVINCE (.pdf)
- Actor Natalie Tannous talks about playing the larger-than-life role of Carole Coach in PROVINCE (.pdf)
- Actor Sabrina Reeves talks about playing the role of Faerydae in PROVINCE (.pdf)
- Davide Chiazzese lets us know a little bit about his performance in PROVINCE (.pdf)
Costume Designer Fruzsina Lanyi shows us some insight into her wild work on PROVINCE (.pdf)
Stefanie Buxton sits down for an interview about her upcoming role in PROVINCE (.pdf)