November 21-December 2, 2017  7:30pm


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
  • Parole officer : Alexandre Lavigne



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


Vic and Flo Saw a Bear


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.


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





The story combines elements of a love story (Vic and Flo) with a backdrop of a domestic drama (Vic and Flo’s unfolding relationship, Vic’s uncle and his infirmity and death), the Noir genre (two ex-cons and their parole officer, the terrifying Jackie), something of the horror genre (we won’t give any spoilers here!) with twist of Quebecois magic realism at the end. 


The play will be translated, adapted for the stage and directed by Michael Mackenzie.


Stay tuned for news on casting and rehearsals, and on all Vic and Flo developments, please follow us on twitter @TheatreTalisman or “like” us on Facebook at Talisman Theatre.


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 plays have been produced across Canada in English and French, in Germany (Stuttgart, Frankfort, Hamburg, Aachen, and other cities) in Hungary (Budapest, Szekesfehervar), Czech Republic (Prague, Brno), France (Festival Avignon), the U.K. (Bristol old Vic and BBC radio), Portugal (Faro) and Israel (Tel Aviv).  A 2008 production of one of his plays, won 'Best English Production' in Montreal in both the French and the English critics' annual awards. He has worked with Robert Lepage on a number of projects, most recently in the translation and adaptation of Dragon Bleu) into English, and was the dramaturge for the Cirque du Soleil show Ka now playing at the MGM Grand in Los Vegas .


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


In the 2015 the French production of his most recent play (staring Luc Picard and Sophie Desmarais) toured extensively in Quebec with a run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2016 he has (English) theatre productions opening in Toronto and Halifax, N.S. with an ongoing production in repertory in Prague.

Our players

Julie Tamiko Manning

Julie Tamiko Manning (Vic)

Julie is an award-winning theatre actor and creator.  Selected theatre credits include: Elena in Butcher (Centaur), Sister in Pig Girl (Imago), Isabella Bird in Top Girls (Segal), Emilia in Othello (Segal Centre/Scapegoat Carnivale), and Clarence in Richard III (Metachroma).


Her documentary-style play The Tashme Project, is about WWII Japanese Canadian internment camps, and was co-created and performed with Matt Miwa.  Next up: Oedipus Rex (Scapegoat Carnivale) in Brave New Looks at the Centaur.

Natalie Liconti

Natalie Liconti (Flo)

Natalie is a performer, director, and playwright from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from McGill University, where she studied Theatre Studies and Political Science. She performed in Title 66 Productions' Nuclear Sky: The Experiment (Printemps Numerique Festival, 2015). This year she produced, co-directed and performed in Docile Bodies (La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival 2017), and co-created and performed in The Gentle Art of Punishment (Zone Homa Festival, 2017). This fall she will be performing in History of Sexuality (MainLine Theatre), and will be appearing on CBC's Canadian Detective.

Leslie Baker

Leslie Baker (Jackie)

Artistic director of newly formed company The Bakery, Leslie has worked internationally as a creator, performer, movement coach and teacher since the 1990's.  She works in traditional theatrical arenas as well as in-situ and performance installations.  Leslie has as rich collaborative history.  Notably, Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Peter Bottazzi, Tedi Tafel, Micheline Chevrier, Emma Tibaldo, Joseph Shragge, amongst others.  She has toured her devised interdisciplinary creations internationally.  Her solo-creation, Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, was presented at Le Théâtre La Licorne in October 2016.  She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theatre Wing.

Lavigne Alexandre_princ 2015

Alexandre Lavigne (Daniel-Parole Officer)

Since graduating from the Theater Option Du Collège Lionel-Groulx in 2013, Alexandre Lavigne has kept busy. Some of his stage credits include Détruire, nous allons a unique show directed by Philippe Boutin in 2013 and revived in 2014. In 2015, he was also on tour in France with the show Fake directed by Dave St-Pierre. Season 2016-2017 will see him in Bus Stop at the Centaur Theatre, for a first collaboration, and then on tour. On screen, Alexandre has been featured in O’3, La théorie du K.O., 19-2, Karl/Max, Hubert et Fanny, L’imposteur II and the web serie Les guerriers. He made his big screen debut in the feature film PRANK in 2016, which was selected at the Venice Film Festival, TIFF and FNC. Alexandre also wrote and directed his first feature film Carnaval, coming out on the screen in 2018.

Our Designers


Set designer LYNE PAQUETTE

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 Designer 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 film in her country of origin, Hungary. For Fruzsina, theatre is a multifaceted world of inspiration, exchange and growth.



Tim Rodrigues is a graduate of the Contemporary Dance Department at Concordia University and the Lighting Specialization Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has worked with an array of companies on creation based projects and international tours. Notable lighting designs include; RubberbanDance Group's Post Hip-Hop Project (Dir. Victor Quijada) at la Cinquieme Salle du Place Des Arts; The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead (Dir. Mario Crudo) at Magnus Theatre Northwest; 1976  (Chor. Dana Michel); On Power and Permission (Chor. Andrew Tay) at Espace Tangente; m/Other + Dark Meaningless Touch (creative collective led by Benjamin Kamino) at Théâtre aux Écuries; Bingo Ladies: The Musical (Dir. Liz Gilroy) at Hudson Village Theatre; see-through (Chor. Allison Nichol-Longtin) for Tangente, and The Halloween Tree (Dir. Amanda Kellock) for Geordie Productions.


Sound Designer PETER CERONE

Peter Cerone has been designing/engineering sound for theatre, dance,performance and art installations since 1980. He began his career in Italy, working for 10 years at the National Theatre of Rome (Teatro Argentina). There he worked with directors such as Luca Ronconi, Maurizio Scaparro, Giorgio Strehler and Federico Tiezzi. He began working for Robert Wilson in 1992 with G.A. Story, an installation/performance work commissioned for the G8 summit in Florence. Since this time he has designed extensively for Robert Wilson including the theatrical works Persephone, Wings on Rock, Lady From the Sea, The Days Before, Relative Light, I La Galigo, Rumi--in the Blink of the Eye, Krapp’s Last Tape, Happy Days and installations: Voom Videoportraits, Aichi Expo 2005, G. Armani/Guggenheim, 14 Stations, Villa Stuck, and Anna’s Room. He has worked with Peter Greenaway on the 100 Objects electro-acoustic prop-opera performance as well as Wash and Travel, in collaboration AGON ArsMagnetica of Milan. He continues to collaborate on new projects. Since returning to Montreal in the year 2000, Peter has continued working internationally and started collaborations with Canadian artists. Works at the Centaur Theatre in old Montreal since 2002 as head of sound and sound design. Works at Concordia University since 2009, Fine Arts, Performance Production team for Theatre, Music and Dance departments.



Emlyn vanBruinswaardt discovered her love for technical theatre and working backstage while working for Repercussion Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park. She has worked as a stage manager and technician in Montreal, and has been a venue tech for the Montreal FRINGE Festival. She is a recent graduate of the Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is passionate about using the arts to incite positive change in our society.



Cristina Cugliandro is a Master’s graduate of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck University in London, England as well as an Honours Theatre graduate from Bishops University. She has worked extensively on collaborating and devising new work as well as deconstructing existing works. Through directing and performance, Cristina continues to explore new pathways towards crafting innovative theatre and always looks forward to new and exciting projects.



Catherine became a self-taught technical director after years of experimenting with different art practices. She's been a guitar teacher, a soundwoman, directed and edited her own short films, and performed in galleries and festivals in Montreal. She studied in electronic technologies at Cégep du Vieux-Montreal and then majored in Intermedia and Cyberarts at Concordia University. She's been the technical director of Montreal Fringe Festival and Fundy Fringe Festival. Now, she's a lighting designer for bands and circus productions, a technical director for theatre and circus, an electronic artist, and the co-founder of the set, props and lighting design studio Trois quarts de pouce.


Production manager MÉLANIE PRIMEAU

A graduate of the theatre production program at Lionel-Groulx cegep (2012), Mélanie has been accruing experience in theater and dance mainly stage manager, production manager and technical director. She is involved in various projects with companies such as Théâtre Sortie de Secours, Théâtre de La Vieille 17, T3: Théâtre de trois, Exlibris, Théâtre Le Clou, Tuque et Capuche, Studio 303, and now Talisman Theatre. Being a great fan of dance and expression through movement, she is part of the company Danse Carpe Diem / Emmanuel Jouthe as technical director and production manager. She also worked for several years at à Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.


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