2016-2017 Season – “ILLUMINATION”
Someone recently asked me if L'UniThéâtre's programming will have an all encompassing theme this year. I hesitated and said rather glibly "I don't think so"; and yet I continued to mull over the question. What will link this season together? Engagement, entertainment, exploration? All three are what we expect out of our programming ... so, yes, that must be it! That and more!
My goal is simple and straightforward - shine the light on a path that is both familiar and unfamiliar to all of us. We'll strive to shed light on our relationships to ourselves, to others, to space, to the familiar and the unfamiliar.
This season we inaugurate our back stage studio -Studio Yolande Proulx - as a performance space that encourages experimentation in an intimate setting. Perception offers us a movement/theatre experience that explores the evolution and devolution of an intimate relationship.
Moi, Monsieur, moi! (Me, Mister, Me!), a co-presentation with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and part of its Chinook Series, sheds light on the challenging feminine experience in Africa.
La Raccourcie (The Beaten Path) allows us to explore the complex relationship between a father and son. This time, we'll point our light on a dark and complicated past that haunts a relationship. Another first for L'UniThéâtre is the co-production with Edmonton's Concrete Theatre. This initiative will allow both companies to come together to produce and present a new Tour for Young Audiences play entitled Bello which, like our main stage season, illuminates our challenges with intolerance, fear and prejudice.
Therefore "illumination" does indeed emerge as the dominant theme and will continue throughout our all important reading series - À Voix Haute - which, this year, will showcase four emerging writers in our community. So, let there indeed be light to help us see clearer, hear clearer, and feel clearer.