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Coma Unplugged

Text: Pierre-Michel Tremblay
Translation: Micheline Chevrier
Direction: Zach Fraser
Actors: 5

Coma Unplugged webpage

 

As a recently divorced humour columnist for the city's most read newspaper, Daniel is a local celebrity. When we meet Daniel, he is comatose following a traffic accident. But was it an accident? 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.

 

Coma Unplugged is a witty and beautifully touching look inside Daniel's mind.

 

"...Fraser and company have tuned in to Tremblay's wacky wavelength in a way that makes Coma Unplugged hilarious as well as timely, intelligent and provocative."--Pat Donnelly, The Gazette

 

"A reflective play with more depth than we would initially expect--humourous with an underlying edge."--Estelle Rosen, The Charlebois Post

 

For technical requirements click here.

 

For more information or a copy of the full-length DVD, please contact Lyne Paquette at:

lyne@talisman-theatre.com

 

TALISMAN THEATRE
1456 Overdale Ave. #8
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1V3

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The Aeneid

Written by Olivier Kemeid
Translation by Judith Miller
Directed by Zach Fraser
Actors/Puppeteers: 3

The Aeneid webpage

 

Sometimes flight is necessary, leaving everything  behind in pursuit of a new place to call home.

 

Kemeid's Aeneid is a dynamic blend of epic legend and contemporary reality. Rich with scenes of moving drama and sharp humour, Kemeid's version of this classic tale migrates the search for a homeland to the stark world of middle-eastern revolution. In this powerful and disturbing new adaptation the mythic tenor of Virgil's original epic is infused with supernatural encounters and underworld spirits. Staged for the first time using puppets, The Aeneid explores the refugee experience in Quebecois writing.

 

"Olivier Kemeid addresses the Aeneid as the first epic telling a great 'secular' migration."--Le Devoir, Nov, 2007

 

"...timely and fabulous... both extreme in its comedic moments and horrifying in its tragedy... With war almost
imminent in the Crimea, this play hits harder into our collective consciousness than any other... Talisman has certainly given us a wonderful piece of theatre."--Anna Fuerstenberg, Rover Arts, March 7, 2014

 

For technical requirements click here.

 

For more information or a copy of the full-length DVD, please contact Lyne Paquette at:

lyne@talisman-theatre.com

 

TALISMAN THEATRE
1456 Overdale Ave. #8
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1V3

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The Medea Effect

Text: Suzie Bastien
Translation: Nadine Desrochers
Direction: Emma Tibaldo
Actors: 2

The Medea Effect webpage

 

The Medea Effect refers to Euripides' play but is a modern examination of the tragedy of trauma, emotional detachment and loss.

 

The Medea Effect is like quick-sand--the unwitting audience member is lured into its emotional quagmire by the familiar surface of simple speech and common empathy. Simple speech is revealed to be a complex system of references with no inside nor outside, no beginning nor end. Once trapped, the audience is drawn inexorably into a region of profound philosophical inquiry.

 

"...theatre that hits the motherlode of gravitas equired for tragedy. Morehouse is a marvel. Catharsis delivered. Bravo!"--Pat Donnolly, Montreal Gazette

 

"Talisman Theatre's The Medea Effect... is a play that sticks the knife in and twists. ...Nadine Desrochers' seamless translation affords English-speaking audiences access to this dark tale, and makes The Medea Effect a profound example of the cultural experience Talisman offers to the theatre-going community of Montreal."--Emma Overton, Cult#MTL

 

For technical requirements click here.

 

For more information or a copy of the full-length DVD, please contact Lyne Paquette at:

lyne@talisman-theatre.com

 

TALISMAN THEATRE
1456 Overdale Ave. #8
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1V3