2015-2016 Season

The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux!

THE PASSION OF NARCISSE MONDOUX

BY GRATIEN GÉLINAS
TRANSLATED BY LINDA GABORIAU

A CO-PRODUCTION WITH L’UNITHÉÂTRE

Narcisse Mondoux, retired Master Plumber, sets out to woo the recently widowed Laurencienne Robichaud — at her husband's funeral. Thinking he knows the secret to her heart, he soon discovers that she is a liberated woman who intends to fulfill her secret ambition by herself.

Performance Dates: Tuesday, March 29 - April 9, 2016
Location: La Cité Francophone, 8627, Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91-Street)
Tickets: At the door, or www.nothernlighttheatre.com, 780-471-1586

English Performance Dates and Times

Preview: 7:30pm, Tuesday March 29, (Pay What You Can & Free for Students with Student I.D)
English Opening: 7:30pm, Thursday, March 31, $28
English Weekday Performances: 7:30pm, Sunday, April 3 & Wednesday April 6, $23/$26
English Weekend Performances: 7:30pm, Friday, April 8 & Saturday April 9, $25/$27
Late Night Booty Call Performance: 11:30pm, Friday, April 8, $18

French Performance Dates and Times

Preview: 8pm March 30
Opening: 8pm April 1
Performances: 8pm April 2, 7
Matinees: 2pm, April 2 & 9


CAST

Gratien Gélinas - Playwright

Gratien Gélinas

Gratien Gélinas The dean of Canadian playwrights, Gratien Gélinas was born in St-Tite, Québec, in 1909. In 1937 he created his character Fridolin for radio. Brought to the stage in 1938, Fridolin was the main character of Gélinas’ enormously popular satirical revues, Les Fridolinades, throughout 1946. In 1948, he wrote Ti-Coq, a play that was performed more than 600 times.

In 1957, he was the founding director of la Comédie-Canadienne and was a founding member of the National Theatre School. Meanwhile he wrote his second play, Bousille and the Just, whose success exceeded that of Ti-Coq, reaching 700 performances. In 1966 he wrote his third play Yesterday the children were dancing. Recipient of numerous honorary degrees, he is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1986 he wrote his last play, The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux, which was performed over 600 times.

Linda Gaboriau - Translator

Linda Gaboriau

Linda Gaboriau is an award-winning literary translator based in Montreal. Her translations of plays by Quebec’s most prominent playwrights have been published and produced across Canada and abroad. In her work as a literary manager and dramaturge, she has directed numerous translation residencies and international exchange projects. She was the founding ­director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Gaboriau has twice won the Governor General’s Award for Translation: in 1996, for Daniel Danis’s Stone and Ashes, and in 2010, for Wajdi Mouawad’s Forests.

Trevor Schmidt - Director, Set & Costume Designer

Trevor SchmidtTrevor Schmidt has been the Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre for the past 13 years, and involved with NLT for the past 18 years as a performer, director, designer, and playwright, as well as being a multiple Sterling award winner. He has been awarded three times for playwrighting (THE WATERMELON GIRLS, CHANGE ROOM, and FLORA & FAWNA'S FIELD TRIP!), twice for directing (the Canadian premieres of THE 4TH GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE and Carol Anne Duffy's THE WORLD'S WIFE). He received the Outstanding Fringe Performance award for the one-man show COFFEE DAD, CHICKEN MOM, AND THE FABULOUS BUDDHA BOI, penned by Nick Green which toured to New York as part of the FRIGID FESTIVAL. As an actor, he has been seen in ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 1: Millennium Approaches, LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION!, WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED (Outstanding Male Lead Actor nomination) and created the role of Bette Davis in the international touring success BITCHSLAP!.  His plays have been produced across Canada and far away as Australia (MABEL STARK!). He has created and choreographed a one-woman dance piece entitled MARKED for the Expanse Dance Festival that was extended and nominated for a Sterling for Outstanding New Work. Recently, Trevor completed filming the first season of DELMER AND MARTA which will be seen on APTN in 2016.  Trevor was honored to be awarded with the DIALOG Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction as part of the Mayor's Evening for the Arts. He sits on the advisory boards of the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts and Red Deer College Theatre Performance and Creation programme and is an Artistic Associate of GUYS IN DISGUISE Theatre company.

Brian Dooley - Narcisse Mondoux

Brian Dooley

Brian Dooley is an award winning actor and producer.  During the last 30 years  Brian has worked throughout the country and abroad. His skills include directing, writing, producing and performing in a variety of media including radio, animation, film, television and the theatre. Trained and educated at the National Theatre School and Bishop’s University, Brian is currently Artistic Director  of L’UniThéâtre as well as  Director of Play Development at The Citadel Theatre. He has worked  in a variety of shows in several theatres across the country.   Brian draws  inspiration from the Mexican playwright Victor Banda’s fervent  message: “The theatre moves, illuminates, disquiets, disturbs, lifts the spirit, reveals, provokes and violates conventions. It is a conversation shared with society. Theatre is the first art to confront emptiness, shadows and silence to make words, movement, lights and life surge forth.”

Manon Beaudoin - Laurencienne Robichaud

Manon Beaudoin

Manon Beaudoin has been involved in the Edmonton theatre community for almost twenty years. During that time she worked as an actor, director, writer and translator.  She has worked with many different companies, including L’UniThéâtre, Northern Light Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon),  and La Seizième (Vancouver).  As a writer, her plays include:  Amour, tu m’attires Marie Brüner ; Terre bleue Dans les bras d’un géant ;  Glorious Liars ; and La Maison rouge.  Her translations include: Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift, The Domino Heart by Mathew Edison, Jewel by Joan MacLeod as well as some of her own.  In 2002, life brought changes necessitating a completely different direction.   In 2004, Manon relocated to Montreal where she works as a massage therapist but continues to write and translate.  She is currently working on a project titled, Une forêt sur la langue.

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull - Lighting Design

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull

Adam Tsuyoshi Turnbull is a multi-talented technician and theatre designer who works in set and lighting design and construction. He is sought-after as an artistic collaborator and his work has been seen on the stages for Northern Light Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina, Fringe Theatre Adventures, L'UniThéâtre, Theatre Yes, multiple high school and performing arts groups, as well as trade shows and conventions. He has served as Production Manager and Site Technical Director for North America's largest Fringe Festival, and currently serves as the Technical Director and Production Manager at Northern Light Theatre. Adam has been honoured with multiple Sterling nominations for design and last year was awarded with a Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in Production.

Darrin Hagen - Composer & Sound Designer

Darrin Hagen

Darrin Hagen is an award-winning playwright, composer and drag artiste. He is the author of The Edmonton Queen, which won a Sterling Award and was published in book form by Brindle & Glass Publishing. Darrin is the Artistic Director of Guys In Disguise, which recently celebrated a quarter-century of creating drag comedies that have toured across North America. He has received 7 Sterling awards for his work in the Edmonton theatre scene. Other plays by Darrin include Buddy (nominated for Outstanding New Play); With Bells On (nominated for Outstanding New Play); BitchSlap!; The Neo-Nancies: Hitler’s Kickline; Tornado Magnet: A Salute to Trailer Court Women (published by Brindle & Glass); Flora & Fawna’s Field Trip (with Fleurette), PsychoBabble and Dragula (all co-written with Trevor Schmidt); PileDriver! (co-written with Wes Borg); Men Are Stoopid, Women are Cra-azy (co-written with  Chris Craddock).  Darrin has created sound and sometimes performed for many Northern Light Theatre productions going back 23 years, including Cinderella (The Real Story), Dog’s Temper, Metastasis, Speech and Debate, 3 Different Heavens, I Google Myself, BiFurious, Motel Hell, and most recently, Mercy of a Storm. In 2005, Hagen was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century. To the best of his knowledge, he’s the only Drag Queen on that list. Last year he was inducted into the Q Hall of Fame Canada for his lifelong contribution to the quality of life for Canada’s LGBTQ community.

Matt Schuurman - Lighting Design

Matt Schuurman

Matt Schuurman is an animator and live video designer with an extensive portfolio of work. He's thrilled to be returning to the NLT/l'uni team who he first worked with on Mercy of a Storm (Sterling Award nomination - best multimedia design). Recent highlights include Les Blues des Oubliées and Jean et Beatrice  (l'UniThéâtre), The Mayor's Celebration for the Arts for Mayor Don Iveson (PACE/Catch the Keys Productions),Measures (Citadel Theatre), Lucy and Mr. Plate (Teatro la Quindicina, Big Shot and The Genius Code (Surreal SoReal- Sterling Award nomination - best multimedia design), The Red Shirt Diaries and NIGHTMARE: The Video Improv Game (Rapid Fire Theatre), Ursa Major (Workshop West/Catch the Keys), Dead Centre of Town and Snout (Catch the Keys), The Hollywoodland Burlesques and A Bronte Burlesque (Send in the Girls Burlesque), Poster Boys (Theatre Network), Mary's Wedding (Capitol Theatre), Su-kat and Freeman on the Land (Azimuth Theatre), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Edmonton Actor's Theatre), and Lobster Alice (Atlas Theatre). Matt is also the Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton's favourite improv company.

Molly Pearson - Stage Manager

Molly Pearson

Molly Pearson Molly's recent credits include assistant stage managing As You Like It and Coriolanus (The Freewill Shakespeare Festival), apprentice stage managing Playing with Fire, The Penelopiad, 2 Pianos 4 Hands and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre), Helen Lawrence (The Arts Club Theatre) stage managing Jéan et Béatrice (l'UniThéâtre) A Midsummer Nights Dream (Theatre Prospero), The Blue Flame Power Game, and The Origins of Power Woman  (ATCO Energy Theatre), Alcina and Rusalka  (Opera Nuova), The Gertrude Stein Project  (Studio Theatre), and Prairie Stars (Alberta Transportation).  She is also a member of The UnNaturals, who have performed magic at The Edmonton Fringe Festival, The Edmonton Street Performers Festival, and The Orlando Fringe Festival.

L’UniThéâtre

L’UniThéâtre

L’UniThéâtre, Alberta’s only professional francophone theatre company, creates and promotes French theatre. L’UniThéâtre saw the day in 1992 from a merge of the Théâtre Français d’Edmonton (founded in 1968) and la Boîte à Popicos (1977). L'UniThéâtre is therefore strong of a 45 year history of French language theatre serving Edmonton and the entire province through a large variety of theatre programs. L’UniThéâtre promotes the arts through professional, educational and community theatre as well as theatre for young audience, in the French language. Accomplishments: 3 participations, by invitation only, to present at the national theatre festival Festival Zones théâtrales in Ottawa. Acadian tour of an original production, Cow-boy Poétré - City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in 2005. Canadian tour of an original production Fort Mac , in Montreal, Ottawa, and several cities throughout Alberta, in 2007 and 2008.

In 2013, L’UniThéâtre received the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton. In 2014, L'UniThéâtre had nominations for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Outstanding Set Design in the co-production with Northern Light Theatre of Mercy of a Storm.

All plays presented by L'UniThéâtre have English Subtitles (with the exception of The Passion of Narcisse Mondoux, which plays on alternating performance nights in english.)

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