October 13 to 29, 2016  8:00pm

La Chapelle Theatre 3700 Saint -Dominque Montreal (QC) H2X 2X7 [map]

Box Office: (514) 843-7738
Tuesday to Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm
and 1 hour before each show

TEXT : Sarah Berthiaume
TRANSLATOR : Nadine Desrochers
DIRECTOR : Geneviève L. Blais


  • Garin : Justin Many Fingers;
  • Yuko : Jasmine Chen;
  • Kate : Julia Borsellino;
  • Pops : Chip Chuipka.



  • Set Design : Lyne Paquette;
  • Costume Design : Fruzsina Lanyi;
  • Lighting Design : David Perreault Ninacs;
  • Sound Design : Navet Confit;
  • Stage Manager: Claude Lemelin.


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.



At the heart of Yukonstyle we find youth stripped of everything they know, flinging themselves into a distant elsewhere to try to numb their pain, or try to find a space large enough to contain the dizziness they feel, to match the Yukon landscape, whose motto is "Larger than life". Sarah, the author, states: "... I wanted raw, brave, avid and dazzling characters. Four solitudes that come together, console and love each other despite themselves, the confluence of life and death in the middle of a winter that never ends.”


I want to inflate myself with landscape and explode like a birthday balloon; become a rain of confetti that would snow, peaceful, in the sharp Yukon night.” - Kate

And in this imaginary Yukon, through the shock of their improbable encounters, emerges a little humanity and a hint of tenderness, which provide them with the resilience to get through the cold and continue their quest. A place where primal dialogues meet poetic monologues, and narrations reveal the fragments of humanity in an arid and unforgiving environment.

Talisman is excited to bring the framework of Sarah’s francophone lyricism, her magic-realist, tragi-comic perspective to the English stage. This is an important play that embraces thorny topics.

Word from the Director

The text previously published under the title «Word from the Director» was not written nor approved by Geneviève L. Blais. Talisman apologizes for attributing these words to the director.



Sarah Berthiaume, playwright

Formally trained as an actress at Option theatre Lionel Groulx, Sarah Berthiaume is also a playwright and a screenwriter. She is the author of The Flood Thereafter, Dead Cities, Nous habiterons Detroit and Selfie. In 2013 her play Yukonstyle, opened simultaneously at Montreal's Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui and at Paris' Théâtre de la Colline, before other productions followed in Brussels, Innsbruck, Heidelberg and Toronto. The piece garnered much praise and was awarded the Sony Labou Tansi Student Prize. She's presently working on the script for a feature length screen-adaptation. Sarah is also part of the Ishow a performance art, cross genre theater piece about social media. The piece was named Best Show of the 2012-13 season by the Montreal Critic's Association.


Translator, Nadine Desrochers

Nadine Desrochers is a professor, dramaturge 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, Scenes from a Tree, a children's production by Des mots d'la dynamite, and Billy (The Days of Howling), by Fabien Cloutier, produced by Talisman in 2014 and currently in the running for another META translation award. She is now working on the translation of BUS STOPS, by Marilyn Perrault, a Théâtre I.N.K production and part of the Centaur Theatre's 2015-2016 season.

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Director, Geneviève L.Blais

Driven by the desire to orchestrate evocative theatrical experiences that leave us speechless, in 2003 Geneviève L. Blais founded À Corps Perdus Theatre. Within her company, she designed and directed: Quelques éclats de verre (Bar Le 980, 2004, Combats (Bain St-Michel, 2005), Les Châteaux de la colère by A. Baricco (Studio Fred-Barry, 2006), Blanc by Emmanuelle Marie(Studio Fred-Barry, 2008) and Judith, l’adieu au corps by Howard Barker (Underground parking at Jean-Talon market, 2011) by Howard Barker , Empreintes - paroles autour de l'avortement (La Chapelle, 2013) and Himmelweg, by Juan Mayorga (procession in Ciné- théâtre Le Château, 2014).

In the last year, she staged If we were birds by Erin Shields, presented at Prospero Theatre, and conducted an in situ creation laboratory in a kindergarten class, around texts by Siri Hustvedt. She is currently working on a piece based on Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau and will stage this fall Yukonstyle by Sarah Berthiaume, at La Chapelle in Montreal.

Our players


Justin Many Fingers, Garin and Jessie

Justin Many Fingers, an international artist who studied in performing arts. His home land is the Kainai Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta. Justin is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, three-year acting conservatory. He also studied at the Soulpepper Actors Academy and their 2012 season. Many Fingers has trained in numerous dance styles with Jock Sotto, Neil Leremia , Frances Rings, Santee Smith, as well as Bill Coleman, Penny Couchie, Alejandro Ronceria and Troy Emery Twigg. He has also attended the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residence, Toronto Dance Theatre’s Intensive and Kahawi Dance Theatre’s training program. Some of the Directors he worked with are Laszlo Marton, Alanis King, Albert Schultz, Muriel Miguel, Marion de Vries, Rose Stella, and Jessica Carmichael.



Jasmine Chen, Yuko and Goldie

Jasmine Chen is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto. Selected Acting credits include: Chimerica (MTC/Canadian Stage); The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (Shaw Festival); Sweet Charity (Shaw Festival); Blue Planet (Young People's Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Canadian Stage); Song for Tomrorrow (MT Space/Summerworks); RANSOM (CBS/Global); Warehouse 13 (SyFy); Defiance (SyFy); and Parental Advisory (BravoFact/Lulofilms); WOMANISH (CBC Punchline). Directing credits include Le Ba-Ta-Clan (Opera Five); Blind Woman (as part of Tapestry Opera Briefs); Associate director for Enter the Shadow (Harbourfront); Assistant director for Bombay Black (Factory); The Penelopiad  (Nightwood); Feng Yi Ting (Luminato).  Jasmine is also a movement coach and theatre educator. She has taught and facilitated at the McGill University Schulich School of Music, the Children’s Peace Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Canadian Stage and Opera Five. Jasmine was the Video Producer at fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre for their 10th Anniversary Season. Jasmine was the Outreach Coordinator at Cahoots Theatre for their 2015/16 Season. For more information visit: 


Julia Borsellino, Kate

Julia  is a recent graduate of Dawson College's Professional Theatre Program. Her recent credits include: Bethany in Spring Awakening (Persephone Productions), Elizabeth in Dear Elizabeth (Tuesday Night Café), Cassandra in Blood Wild (Rabbit in a Hat Productions) and Cira in the short film Hidden (One Thought Productions). You will soon be able to see her as Becca in the short film Home (Twentythousandleagues) and as Veronica in the short film Nothing Has Changed (One Thought Productions). 


Pops, Chip Chuipka

Chip studied performance, directing, and design, under the guidance of long time Peter Brook collaborator, Henry Woolf, at the University of Saskatchewan. Soon after, Mr Chuipka co-founded three theatre companies: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and The Saskatoon Soaps are now into their 27th seasons. He also co-founded and produced The Ottawa Shakespeare Festival for three seasons.

Chip has been teaching the craft of acting for nearly three decades. He was nominated three times for the Canadian Screen Actors' Award and is a winner of the Mask Award and two MECCA Awards for best Actor. Chip has appeared in numerous stage productions, film and television coast to coast.

Our designers


Lyne Paquette, Set Design

Lyne is a founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Talisman Theatre. A graduate of the National Theatre School, theatre design is Lyne's second career. She continues to develop her theatre training with puppetry workshops and recently completed a three-month internship at Michael Curry Design. Since 2003 Lyne has designed for many theatre, dance, and operetta productions in Montreal. Prior to that Lyne was an Assistant Designer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. She has designed set and costumes for Talisman productions since 2005.

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Costume Design, Fruzsina Lanyi

Fruzsina graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada in 2003, and has since created numerous costume, set, props and make-up designs. She also works in films in her country of origine Hungary. For Fruzsina, theatre in a multifacetted world of inspiration, exchange and growth.


Lighting Design, David Perreault Ninacs

Since graduating from NTS, David has designed over 70 theatre shows (this will be his eleventh show for Talisman Theatre) and he has done lighting for visual arts shows, corporate galas, dance and musical shows. After almost twenty years of this life, he still believes that light in all its forms is worth looking into more closely.

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Sound Design, Navet Confit

Navet Confit has created odes to insignificance for a dozen years by giving undue importance to trivial on swinging music between light heavy and heavy weight. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has confessed passion for studio work (sound recording, mixing, arrangements) and produces his own albums as well as those of other artists (Maude Audet, Ludo Pin, Thierry Bruyère, Geraldine, Carl -Éric Hudon ...). Navet Confit likes to give texture to the sound as it plays with words to create some uncertainty guided by a desire to free interpretation of his work, which he offers sometimes very different reinterpretations in concert. After his first three albums, Navet Confit made a foray into the world of theater as a composer, sound designer and / or live musician (Clotaire Rapaille, the Rock Opera, The Assassination of the President, Fairies are thirsty and Épopée Nord). In the fall of 2015, he returned to his first love of music with her 7th album LOL and launch in spring 2016 his 7th EP.


Stage Manager, Claude Lemelin

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Claude Lemelin has collaborated on more than one hundred productions either as Assistant Stage Director, Stage Manager or as Sound Designer.

Mainly working in the theatre environment with stage directors such as Yves Desgagnés, Lorraine Pintal, André Brassard and Derek Goldby in Montreal, or with Stanislas Nordey in France, he has also created the soundtracks for several choreographies by Jean Grand-Maître and Sabrina Matthews that have premiered in Milan, Paris, Oslo and Stüttgart. He was Stage Manager on musicals such as Shérazade and Don Juan presented in Montreal and Paris. More recently, he was part of the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet des Curiosités as Production Stage Manager.


Production photos

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Rehearsal photos

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Workshop photos

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reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

reading of the play at the rehearsal hall

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