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L’UniThéâtre is Edmonton's only professional francophone theatre company and has a provincial mandate. We are dedicated to the development of the francophone community and to the promotion of the French language and French-language cultural expressions in Edmonton, Alberta and throughout Canada. // L'UniThéâtre est la seule compagnie de théâtre professionnel francophone à Edmonton et a un mandat provincial. Nous sommes dédiés au développement de la communauté francophone et à la promotion des expressions langagières et culturelles en français à Edmonton, en Alberta et à travers le Canada.

Billy — Les Jours de hurlement

Billy (Les Jours de hurlement) by Fabien Cloutier

BILLY (Les Jours de hurlement)

BY Fabien Cloutier

***WARNING: This play contains coarse language (swearing and vulgarities).
This play is appropriate for adolescents, at the discretion of a responsible adult.

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DIRECTED BY Nancy McAlear
SET DESIGN: T. Erin Gruber
STARRING: Carline Lemire, Vincent Forcier, Giselle Lemire
SOUND DESIGN: Jason Kodie
COSTUME DESIGN: Joëlle Préfontaine
STAGE MANAGER: Jake Blakely
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Philip Geller
LINGUISTIC CONSULTANT: Josée Thibeault

Amidst freshly fallen snow and a thermometer reading below  -27°C, three characters are screaming out for justice. One regarding the parental incompetence of a certain father, another in self-defense and against the frustrations in his life, and a third who has been waiting too long for a corkboard. This world full of negativity and gossip makes us reflect on our own actions in our communities.

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MEET THE TEAM

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  NANCY MCALEAR  // Nancy is a director, actor, and producer. Directing credits include  The Romeo Initiative  (SkirtsAfire Festival),  The Contract  and  The Believers  (MadFandango Theatre Collective – 4 Sterling Award nominations),  Hello from Bertha  and  Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let me Listen  (Shaw Festival), and  Category E  (Maggie Tree – Winner of 5 Sterling Awards). As an actor, Nancy was last seen in  Frozen  (7 Siblings Theatre), and  A Christmas Carol  (Citadel Theatre – for 6 years). She is a Sterling award winner and has received many nominations over her 30 year career. She is very happy to be making her directing debut with L’Unithéâtre for whom she has stage managed (last year’s  Bello  tour of British Columbia), and acted,  On est pas des Enfants D’école  (too long ago to remember!) Up next, Nancy is directing  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  at the Citadel Theatre.

NANCY MCALEAR // Nancy is a director, actor, and producer. Directing credits include The Romeo Initiative (SkirtsAfire Festival), The Contract and The Believers (MadFandango Theatre Collective – 4 Sterling Award nominations), Hello from Bertha and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let me Listen (Shaw Festival), and Category E (Maggie Tree – Winner of 5 Sterling Awards). As an actor, Nancy was last seen in Frozen (7 Siblings Theatre), and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre – for 6 years). She is a Sterling award winner and has received many nominations over her 30 year career. She is very happy to be making her directing debut with L’Unithéâtre for whom she has stage managed (last year’s Bello tour of British Columbia), and acted, On est pas des Enfants D’école (too long ago to remember!) Up next, Nancy is directing Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel Theatre.

  T. ERIN GRUBER  // T. Erin Gruber is an award winning theatre designer with experience in set, lighting, costume and projected media design. She is a graduate with distinction of the University of Alberta and a founding member of the ShowStages video collective, a group that strives to question and expand the boundaries of projected media’s role in theatre. She has exhibited her art and design work locally and internationally. Currently touring projects:  Café Daughter  (Production Design, Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre) and  BEARS  (Production Design, Punctuate Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts). Recent award winning projects:  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time  (Set, Lighting and Costume Design, Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sterling Award for Lighting Design),  Category E  (Production Design, Maggie Tree Collective, Sterling Awards for Lighting and Projected Media Design). For more information visit her online:  www.eringruber.com ,  www.showstages.com

T. ERIN GRUBER // T. Erin Gruber is an award winning theatre designer with experience in set, lighting, costume and projected media design. She is a graduate with distinction of the University of Alberta and a founding member of the ShowStages video collective, a group that strives to question and expand the boundaries of projected media’s role in theatre. She has exhibited her art and design work locally and internationally. Currently touring projects: Café Daughter (Production Design, Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre) and BEARS (Production Design, Punctuate Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts). Recent award winning projects: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Set, Lighting and Costume Design, Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sterling Award for Lighting Design), Category E (Production Design, Maggie Tree Collective, Sterling Awards for Lighting and Projected Media Design). For more information visit her online: www.eringruber.com, www.showstages.com

  GISELLE LEMIRE  // Founder of Théâtre du Coyote Theatre, Giselle Lemire is a clown, a playwright, and is evolving as an actress, director, dramaturg, and coach. She has played in the Roxy Theatre with her one-woman show  Mama Never Told Me That  as well as in a collective creation,  It’s your turn to get up,  and in  The Nightmare of Rembrant Brown  with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. More recently, she took on the role of Mémère in L’UniThéâtre’s  Les Blues des oubliées  by Pierrette Requier. For the past three years she has produced, directed, and performed in spoken word performances for the Edmonton Poetry Festival. In 2016, she took on the role of Memère Michaud in  Abigaëlle et le date coaching , Production Far Ouest’s franco-ablertan webseries. She also performed in the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the play she co-wrote with Carline Claire,  Paris-Edmonton.  She is thrilled to come back to L’UniThéâtre with such a great team.

GISELLE LEMIRE // Founder of Théâtre du Coyote Theatre, Giselle Lemire is a clown, a playwright, and is evolving as an actress, director, dramaturg, and coach. She has played in the Roxy Theatre with her one-woman show Mama Never Told Me That as well as in a collective creation, It’s your turn to get up, and in The Nightmare of Rembrant Brown with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. More recently, she took on the role of Mémère in L’UniThéâtre’s Les Blues des oubliées by Pierrette Requier. For the past three years she has produced, directed, and performed in spoken word performances for the Edmonton Poetry Festival. In 2016, she took on the role of Memère Michaud in Abigaëlle et le date coaching, Production Far Ouest’s franco-ablertan webseries. She also performed in the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the play she co-wrote with Carline Claire, Paris-Edmonton. She is thrilled to come back to L’UniThéâtre with such a great team.

  CARLINE CLAIRE LEMIRE  // Originally from Edmonton, Carline made her first appearance on stage in a L’UniThéâtre production over 20 years ago! Since, she has been exploring the worlds of theatre and cinema, and more recently, that of writing. She studied at Vancouver Film School before moving to Paris where she continued to learn and train, finding herself in numerous projects on both the stage and the screen. She has played on many Parisian stages, such as in  Topaze  by Marcel Pagnol (Théâtre Akteon) and  Nature et Dépassement  (Théâtre Auguste) as well as in the short film  Callback.  On Canadian stages, she has found herself in  Alice et le monde à l’envers  (Théâtre la Seizième) et more recently in  Paris-Edmonton  (co-written and co-produced with Giselle Lemire). She is absolutely delighted to be once again a part of a project at L’UniThéâtre, and amongst such a dynamic and talented team!

CARLINE CLAIRE LEMIRE // Originally from Edmonton, Carline made her first appearance on stage in a L’UniThéâtre production over 20 years ago! Since, she has been exploring the worlds of theatre and cinema, and more recently, that of writing. She studied at Vancouver Film School before moving to Paris where she continued to learn and train, finding herself in numerous projects on both the stage and the screen. She has played on many Parisian stages, such as in Topaze by Marcel Pagnol (Théâtre Akteon) and Nature et Dépassement (Théâtre Auguste) as well as in the short film Callback. On Canadian stages, she has found herself in Alice et le monde à l’envers (Théâtre la Seizième) et more recently in Paris-Edmonton (co-written and co-produced with Giselle Lemire). She is absolutely delighted to be once again a part of a project at L’UniThéâtre, and amongst such a dynamic and talented team!

  VINCENT FORCIER  // Vincent is an Edmonton based Director/Actor/Improvisor and has touched on just about every other aspect of theatre. He has been a moving force in the creation of new work and ensemble pieces focusing often in movement and the surreal. He is co-founder of the award winning company Surreal SoReal Theatre for which he was co-artistic director until 2014. He is the recipient of a Jessie award (Vancouver Theatre Award) for best actor in a TYA and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta.

VINCENT FORCIER // Vincent is an Edmonton based Director/Actor/Improvisor and has touched on just about every other aspect of theatre. He has been a moving force in the creation of new work and ensemble pieces focusing often in movement and the surreal. He is co-founder of the award winning company Surreal SoReal Theatre for which he was co-artistic director until 2014. He is the recipient of a Jessie award (Vancouver Theatre Award) for best actor in a TYA and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Alberta.

  JAKE BLAKELY  // Jake Blakely is a recent graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at the University of Alberta and a proud Franco-Albertan/Ontarian. He is absolutely thrilled to be working his first professional contract in his mother tongue and has enjoyed becoming a part of the Franco-Albertan arts community. Jake would like to thank his mother for preserving and encouraging his family’s French-Canadian culture throughout his childhood growing up in Calgary and ultimately allowing him to become a bilingual professional artist. Over the course of his past five years in Edmonton, Jake has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Edmonton Opera, Opera NUOVA, Theatre Network, Catch the Keys Productions, and Punctuate! Theatre. You can catch Jake in the New Year stage managing L’UniThéâtre’s touring TYA production  Élise contre l’extinction totale.    Photo by Mat Simpson

JAKE BLAKELY // Jake Blakely is a recent graduate of the BFA Stage Management program at the University of Alberta and a proud Franco-Albertan/Ontarian. He is absolutely thrilled to be working his first professional contract in his mother tongue and has enjoyed becoming a part of the Franco-Albertan arts community. Jake would like to thank his mother for preserving and encouraging his family’s French-Canadian culture throughout his childhood growing up in Calgary and ultimately allowing him to become a bilingual professional artist. Over the course of his past five years in Edmonton, Jake has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Edmonton Opera, Opera NUOVA, Theatre Network, Catch the Keys Productions, and Punctuate! Theatre. You can catch Jake in the New Year stage managing L’UniThéâtre’s touring TYA production Élise contre l’extinction totale.

Photo by Mat Simpson

  JASON KODIE  // Jason Kodie is an award winning musician who has been an integral member in a wealth of projects and bands. Based in Edmonton, he has performed at the Olympics, Place des Arts, The Smithsonian, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and a range of venues from house concerts to premier venues throughout Western Canada. With accordion as his primary instrument, he is equally versatile as a pianist and arranger.  As a soundscape designer, he has composed for over 30 productions, and was a recent nominee for best sound design at the 2017 Elizabeth Sterling Hayes awards.  Since 2013, Jason has been the Musical Director of ‘Ze Punterz’, for Rapid Fire’s  ‘Late Nite Cabaret’ at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.  Since 2011, has has been the lead musical curator for the Flying Canoë Volant festival held at la Cité francophone.  Jason is a member of Captain Tractor, Le Fuzz, and can be heard along with a myriad of musicians including John Guliak, Marco Claveria, and the McGowan Family Band.

JASON KODIE // Jason Kodie is an award winning musician who has been an integral member in a wealth of projects and bands. Based in Edmonton, he has performed at the Olympics, Place des Arts, The Smithsonian, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and a range of venues from house concerts to premier venues throughout Western Canada. With accordion as his primary instrument, he is equally versatile as a pianist and arranger.

As a soundscape designer, he has composed for over 30 productions, and was a recent nominee for best sound design at the 2017 Elizabeth Sterling Hayes awards.

Since 2013, Jason has been the Musical Director of ‘Ze Punterz’, for Rapid Fire’s

‘Late Nite Cabaret’ at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Since 2011, has has been the lead musical curator for the Flying Canoë Volant festival held at la Cité francophone.

Jason is a member of Captain Tractor, Le Fuzz, and can be heard along with a myriad of musicians including John Guliak, Marco Claveria, and the McGowan Family Band.

  JOËLLE PRÉFONTAINE  // Actor, playwright, director, singer, dancer and educator, Joëlle has performed throughout Canada in English and French. She is a graduate from Red Deer College with a diploma in Theatre Performance as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Masters of Fine Art in Theatre Practice, both completed at the University of Alberta. Since this past winter, she is the Artistic Director and Co-General Manager of L’UniThéâtre. For their next season Joëlle will direct Paula Humby’s  Élise contre l’extinction totale  and  La Fille du facteur  by Josée Thibeault. She is also the Director of Education at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. In her free time, Joëlle loves gardening and creating vocal music with her loop pedal.

JOËLLE PRÉFONTAINE // Actor, playwright, director, singer, dancer and educator, Joëlle has performed throughout Canada in English and French. She is a graduate from Red Deer College with a diploma in Theatre Performance as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Masters of Fine Art in Theatre Practice, both completed at the University of Alberta. Since this past winter, she is the Artistic Director and Co-General Manager of L’UniThéâtre. For their next season Joëlle will direct Paula Humby’s Élise contre l’extinction totale and La Fille du facteur by Josée Thibeault. She is also the Director of Education at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre. In her free time, Joëlle loves gardening and creating vocal music with her loop pedal.

  PHILIP GELLER  // Philip is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. He is a director, actor, clown and devisor currently working in Edmonton. Past directing credits include  Doll and Oats  (Play the Fool Festival), a reading of  The Last Day of July  (Nextfest),  The Skriker  (ABBEDAM Productions), assistant directing  Doll House  (Studio Theatre) and  Pinniped and Other Poems  (Moplip Theatre/Edmonton Fringe). Thank you for coming to the show!

PHILIP GELLER // Philip is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. He is a director, actor, clown and devisor currently working in Edmonton. Past directing credits include Doll and Oats (Play the Fool Festival), a reading of The Last Day of July (Nextfest), The Skriker (ABBEDAM Productions), assistant directing Doll House (Studio Theatre) and Pinniped and Other Poems (Moplip Theatre/Edmonton Fringe). Thank you for coming to the show!

  JOSÉE THIBEAULT  // Josée writes, performs and directs. She writes for theatre, film, tv, radio and podcasts, as well as for the comedy troupe Le RiRe. In the last decade, she has developed new narrative voices with her many alter egos (La petite Lulu, Old Lu, Djozy, Ann Jo) creating and performing spoken word poetry, monologues and songs. Her new show,  La fille du facteur , will be presented at l’UniThéâtre in March 2019. Just like  La petite Lulu tire la langue , Josée always sticks her tongue out, creating a tongue-in-cheek world where the French language plays tongue twisting games with  l'anglais .

JOSÉE THIBEAULT // Josée writes, performs and directs. She writes for theatre, film, tv, radio and podcasts, as well as for the comedy troupe Le RiRe. In the last decade, she has developed new narrative voices with her many alter egos (La petite Lulu, Old Lu, Djozy, Ann Jo) creating and performing spoken word poetry, monologues and songs. Her new show, La fille du facteur, will be presented at l’UniThéâtre in March 2019. Just like La petite Lulu tire la langue, Josée always sticks her tongue out, creating a tongue-in-cheek world where the French language plays tongue twisting games with l'anglais.

  MICHAEL MACHAN  // Born and raised in Edmonton, Michael has had a passion for theatre and the Edmonton theatre community since a very young age. Originally a performer, while studying theatre at the University of Alberta, he was exposed to the magic of tech and production. He fell in love with it, and proceeded to attend MacEwan University in Theatre Production. Michael has worked on festivals in Edmonton in various capacities including as Technical Director and has freelanced for various companies and shows for the last two years. During this time, he had the pleasure of working frequently with L’UniThéâtre.

MICHAEL MACHAN // Born and raised in Edmonton, Michael has had a passion for theatre and the Edmonton theatre community since a very young age. Originally a performer, while studying theatre at the University of Alberta, he was exposed to the magic of tech and production. He fell in love with it, and proceeded to attend MacEwan University in Theatre Production. Michael has worked on festivals in Edmonton in various capacities including as Technical Director and has freelanced for various companies and shows for the last two years. During this time, he had the pleasure of working frequently with L’UniThéâtre.