Twenty -five years! That's quite the milestone and one that L’UniThéâtre is very proud to have achieved. It has taken many dedicated people devoting themselves to a deeply held belief in the theatre to have made this possible. To all of them I say THANK YOU! With all my heart! And now - we look to its future...
This anniversary season, we are very pleased to present an eclectic mix of shows and new initiatives that we hope will resonate deeply with our audience.
This is our postage stamp year, marking each show as custom-made for your enjoyment and engagement. A journey across three continents, this 25th anniversary season promises journeys - temporal, physical, emotional and spiritual.
BIBISH DE KINSHASA travels from Kinshasa to Montreal. This production from Productions Hôtel-Motel plunges us into a provocative dialogue between the director and the performer as they explore the challenges and dreams of integration over a traditional Congolese meal of salt cod, manioc and plantain.
TEMPUS EXTRAORDINARIUS (Théâtre Fools & Feathers, Paris) hails the return of two of our most beloved and existential clowns - Tubby and Nottubby - in a whole new adventure as they try to make sense of these ever turbulent times.
And finally to round out our main season, EN MÉMOIRE DE MOI / DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME, marks our third venture with co-production partner Northern Light Theatre in a new play by Edmonton playwright Cat Walsh (and translated in French by Manon Beaudoin) who lends her own unique comic vision by exploring celestial intervention and a young girl's desperate devotion to becoming an altar server in Quebec in the early 60's. This promises to be a wild and unique comic ride.
We are continuing our dedication to new work by showcasing new voices in our À VOIX HAUTE series. This season, we will feature four new emerging playwrights: Congolese-Canadian Robert Suraki Watum (Qui est coupable ?), Quebecker Josée Thibeault (La fille du facteur) inspired by "slam poetry", Haitian-Quebecker Valécia Pépin in an autobiographical monologue (Illusion), and Franco-Albertan Paula Humby with her TYA play Élise contre l’extinction totale. Each offers a unique vision and theatrical voice that we are ever eager to share with you.
We are also introducing a new development program called COUP D'OEIL which will showcase selected works from À voix haute and provide a week long workshop presentation giving our audiences a unique occasion to glimpse at what we have planned for future seasons. This year we'll take a look at Trajet dit by Donia Mounsef and Un petit carré de ciel bleu dans un grand ciel gris by Renée Bouchard - both poignant explorations of the human heart and mind.
Ever conscious of those who are young and young at heart, L’UniThéâtre is thrilled to launch FABULA-FABULIS - a story telling series devoted to those aged 2 to 5 and accompanied by at least one adult. These interactive stories created and read by four gifted authors are sure to ignite a youthful imagination!
And finally, we are very proud to welcome Vancouver’s Théâtre la Seizième's TYA tour, CRÈME-GLACÉE, as our school tour this season. Look for it in our theatre in May 2018.
I invite you all to please come and celebrate this anniversary season with us and see it take its first steps towards a successful future. After all - it's in our hands!