L’UniThéâtre’s 2018-2019 main stage programming
main stage programming
LE JEU D'ENFANTS
Activities for children — plays for adults
In partnership with the Institut Guy-Lacombe de la famille we are offering organised activites for children during select 2-for-1 matinées of our main stage productions. Your child(ren) will benefit from activities tailored to them at the IGLF in La Cité francophone while you enjoy the show. Limited spots available!
2019-2020 Jeu d’enfant dates:
October 19, 2019 at 1:30PM (Simone et le whole shebang)
November 23, 2019 at 1:30PM (Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable)
February 22, 2020 at 1:30PM (Les Belles-sœurs)
April 4, 2020 at 1:30PM (Martine à la plage)
Registration required in advance // $5 per child aged 3 to 10 // Limit of 20 participants
a word from the artistic director
Theatre moves us, it invites us to dialogue, to call on our curiosity and pushes us to continue to explore the human condition. For me, theatre is an opportunity to live the wide array of emotions and experiences that transform my connection to my surroundings and beyond.
The 2019-2020 season highlights Canadian plays that are relevant and that can resonate with the Franco-Albertan community, as well as the general public throughout the province. Each play presents strong female characters with great conviction as well as the theme of responsibility — towards family, to educate, to inform.
This season, we present to you four main stage productions. In order for these productions to be accessible to as many patrons as possible, each performance will be presented with English surtitles. The first play of the season, Simone et le whole shebang by Eugénie Beaudry, takes place in Fort McMurray, Alberta. When I read this play, I was struck by these characters facing difficult conversations around aging, isolation, greed and loss, while each on a quest for their own identity.
For our second play of the season, L’UniThéâtre has invited Surreal SoReal Theatre (Montréal) to present their production of Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l’irrémédiable by Edmonton’s own Elena Belyea, translated by Olivier Sylvestre. In our society driven by fear and anxiety, this play pushes us to think about our own worries, or lack thereof, surrounding gun control legislation and the devastating effects of school shootings.
Our third play of the season is Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles-sœurs. This iconic play holds tremendous importance in Franco-Canadian theatre as it triggered a pan-Canadian movement inciting playwrights to incorporate an array of vernaculars into their writing. The impact of this play is tremendous. The themes of religion, jealousy and the female condition motivated me to select it for our community theatre production.
Our fourth and final show of the season will be the theatrical adaptation of the novel Martine à la plage by Simon Boulerice. I hope that this production reaches not only our main stage subscribers, but also a teen audience that may feel stuck, powerless, and that rely on their imagination and dreams in order to persevere.
It is with great pleasure that I present you these four celebrated works. L’UniThéâtre invests not only in notable Canadian works, but also in the many voices of our local playwrights. Now in its 5th year, La Plume parlante offers weekly meetings to individuals interested in writing for the stage, offering workshops and forums surrounding playwriting. Additionally, each season, select playwrights receive a public reading of their work in progress through our series À voix haute. This series will now take place within the programming of pARTé; evening gatherings consisting of performances of multidisciplinary artistic works in development organised with the Centre de développement musical, the Association la Girandole and the Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta.
However, our play development does not end there. For youth in junior and senior high schools we offer #voixencrées, playwriting workshops offered in collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. We also offer theatre workshops for students from kindergarten to grade 12 in addition to organizing an elementary school tour.
In the spring of 2020, we will present Le merveilleux voyage d’Inès de l’Ouest by Rébecca Déraspe, produced by Théâtre la Seizième, throughout schools in Alberta. Last season, this annual tour was presented to over 17,000 students who saw Paula Humby’s Élise contre l’extinction totale. This latter production will receive further exposure in September 2019, as it will be showcased within the programming of Contact Ouest.
Another production of our 2018-2019 season that will continue to tour is Josée Thibeault’s La fille du facteur. This play will be presented in September at Les Zones théâtrales, a national theatre festival in Ottawa, Ontario. It will also tour throughout Alberta near the end of February and early March 2020.
With all of these activities on the horizon, I sincerely hope that you will join L’UniThéâtre in the great adventure that will be this next season of theatre!
Artistic Director & Co-General Manager of L’UniThéâtre