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November 21-December 2, 2017


The Centaur Theatre. 453 St. François-Xavier. H2Y 2T1 [map]

Box Office: (514) 288-3161


Original screenplay by Denis Côté
Translation/Adaptation by Michael Mackenzie
Directed by Michael Mackenzie

  • Vic : Julie Tamiko Manning
  • Flo : Natalie Liconti
  • Jackie : Leslie Baker
  • Daniel : Alexandre Lavigne



  • Set Design : Lyne Paquette;
  • Costume Design : Fruzsina Lanyi
  • Lighting Design : Tim Rodrigues
  • Sound Design : Peter Cerone
  • Video Design : Mariana Frandsen
  • Stage Manager : Emlyn vanBruinswaardt
  • Assistant Director : Cristina Cugliandro



In Vic and Flo, Victoria is forty-six and on parole after serving most of a life-sentence for murder. She’s in love with Flo, a younger ex-con who comes to stay with her in her uncle's sugar shack located in the densely forested boondocks of Quebec. But these ex-con lesbian lovers begin to feel under siege from Vic's nosy parole officer and a mysterious woman from the woods who casts an increasingly menacing shadow from Flo's past. As Vic and Flo hurtle toward their fates the buccolic narrative tapestry slowly unravels before being violently torn to shreds.


About Vic and Flo Saw a Bear

Talisman is breaking new ground this fall when it produces the world stage premiere of Denis Côté’s film Vic et Flo ont vu un ours. A genre bending horror/love story, Vic et Flo won numerous international awards including the prestigious Berlin Film Festival Alfred Bauer award for "opening new perspectives on cinematic art.”


The translation and adaptation of Vic & Flo was developed through Playwrights' Workshop Montréal's The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac and their Translation Workshop Program.


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.


Denis Côté, The original screenplay

Denis Côté (b. 1973) is one of Canada's most internationally admired and acclaimed filmmakers. Tom McSorley of the Canadian Film Institute, his work as "sublime, minimalist films, typically focusing on characters who are, literally or figuratively, on the fringes of society, have a beauty and grace that belie the often ultra-low-budget means with which they were made.


“They explore themes of loneliness, alienation, and isolation with humanity, intimacy, and emotional impact. They contain a powerful, palpable sense of landscape and the natural world, yet at the same time reveal a great fascination with digital image-making technologies, both in their own formal construction and in the lives of their characters. Drawn to people on the margins, Côté's genre-bending, hybridized, formally slippery films situate themselves on the margins, often traversing — or breaking — the boundaries between 'fiction' and 'documentary,' and placing great poetic stock on the experience of uncertainty, for characters and spectators alike.”


Michael Mackenzie, Direction and translation/adaption of the script

Michael Mackenzie’s last outing at the Centaur was for the world premiere of his play ‘Instructions to Any Future Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas’ directed by Chris Abrams. The play was then produced at the Coalmine Theatre, Toronto, with public readings in New York, London, UK and Barcelona (in Catalan). In French it was produced at Theatre D’aujourd’hui, toured Quebec, and played at the National Arts Centre. Its next production will be in Portugal in March 2018. A more recent play ‘Unconscious in the Sistine Chapel’ (2B theatre, director Anthony Black) premiered in Halifax N.S. in June 2016. Previous productions of his plays have been in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, U.K. and Portugal as well as Canada (in English and French).


He has previously directed two theatre productions in Toronto and Linda Mancini in two one-woman shows in New York.


He has written and directed two feature films, which were invited to various film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Copenhagen, etc.), theatrically released in Canada with one nominated for Quebec’s (then) Jutra Award for Best Direction.


He has worked with Robert Lepage on a number of projects, most recently on the translation and adaptation of ‘Dragon Bleu’ into English. He has been a dramaturge at the Cirque du Soleil for ‘Ka’ (playing at the MGM Grand in Los Vegas), Toruk (touring) and Hangzhou 2018 (opening in China in 2018).  He has also occasionally taught/mentored writing and directing students at the National Theatre School of Canada.


He lives, happily, in Montreal with his partner and two sons.






Production photos by Maxime Côté:

Rehearsal photos by Louise Verdone: