BY LORENA GALE
DIRECTED BY MIKE PAYETTE
A co-production with Tableau D’Hôte Theatre
December 15, 2018 – Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui; Montréal (FR)*
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March 20 – 31, 2019 – National Arts Centre Premiere; Ottawa
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April 3 – 21, 2019 – Factory Theatre; Toronto
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*French staged reading, translation by Mishka Lavigne
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A few reviews
“…it’s a focus that is successfully, if not painfully, illustrated. From start to finish, “Angélique” is a heavy show with few moments of brightness, but when light does shine through, it illustrates that dissection very
effectively.” – Mobtreal
“(Jenny) Brizard is passionate and vibrant. She brings great power in physically expressing Angélique’s
personality. She portrays Angélique as a complete person who knows who she is and this makes the tragedy all the more poignant.” – Curtains UP
“Another compelling “character” to follow: an excellent, rich score performed live by members of the SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble.” – CULT Montreal
About the play
Angélique, written by Canadian playwright Lorena Gale, is based on true events chronicling the life of Marie Joseph Angélique; an enslaved Black woman who was publicly executed for having allegedly set fire to Montréal in 1734.
The richness of Lorena Gale’s Angélique draws from elements of documentary theatre (based on actual trial transcripts), heightened drama, poetry and prose to investigate the years leading up to Angélique’s execution. Using a 1734 backdrop of Nouvelle-France, she holds a mirror to contemporary culture wherein the power of this piece reflects the unfortunate timelessness of systemic racism in society.
About the playwright: Lorena Gale
Born in Montreal, Lorena Gale was an award-winning actress, director and writer who worked extensively in theatres across Canada. Her first play Angelique was the winner of the du Maurier National Playwriting Competition and was nominated Outstanding New Play in Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Awards 98. Her solo performance, je me souviens: memories of an expatriate anglophone, Montrealaise, Quebecoise exiled in Canada, premiered in Eastern Front Theatre’s On the Waterfront Festival in Halifax and was produced at One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, The Firehall Theatre in Vancouver and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.
Lorena passed away on June 21, 2009.
About the Director: Mike Payette
Mike Payette is a Montréal-based actor and director who has appeared on some of Canada’s finest stages including The Citadel, MTYP, Vertigo, The Grand, Factory Theatre, Neptune, and the National Arts Centre, as well as with great local companies Geordie Productions, Black Theatre Workshop, Imago, Repercussion Theatre, and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts among others. Directing credits include the Montréal premieres of A Line in the Sand, Elizabeth Rex, Harlem Duet, Another Home Invasion, and the Montréal English-language premiere of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna from which he won a META for Outstanding Direction. He is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, a founding member of Metachroma Theatre, has served as Artist-in-Residence for Neworld Theatre in Vancouver, and was Assistant Artistic Director for Black Theatre Workshop. Last year, Mike was appointed as the new Artistic Director of Geordie Productions and he thanks both his family at work and home for their tireless support.
Jenny Brizard | Marie Joseph Angélique
Jenny started her journey by leaving her native city of Montréal, and traveled to Toronto where she enrolled at the Randolph Academy for The Performing Arts. A true performer at heart, some of her credits include: Cirque du Soleil, Best of Broadway, Virtuo Danse Company, Gibson Muriva, Just for Laughs Festival, Guys and Dolls at the Segal Center, Playing Doctor by Jasmynn Banks, The Stall by Judith Leconte, Trauma on Radio-Canada, The Disappearance on CTV, and the short film C’est Moi by Howard Davis. This short film presents another unearthing of Angélique’s tragic fate, and its erasure from our history. C’est moi has begun its film tour premiering in the US, so far, notably at the Hollywood Black Film Festival.
Chip Chuipka | Ignace
Born in Northern Ontario, Chip studied Parasites (University of Toronto) & Performance (University of Saskatchewan). Stage credits include: National Capital & Romeo et Juliet (director Robert Lepage); Clutching the Heat (director Peter Hinton); Line in the Sand & Mighty Carlins (director Mike Payette) The Butcher (director Roy Surette); Waiting For Godot, The Caretaker, & Equivocation (director Del Surjik). Film/TV credits include featured roles in John Smith’s Revenge of the Land & Bruce MacDonald’s Platinum; Recurring roles on Emily of New Moon, Being Human & 19-2; & Guest-roles on: Made in Canada, The Lexx & Moose TV. MECCA recipient for best actor (Line in the Sand & Gordon), META recipient for best supporting actor, (Butcher) Chip has three Gemini nominations. Bon spectacle – please support Indie Theatre – tell your friends about this show.
Darla Contois | Manon
Darla Contois is a Cree/Salteaux artist from the small reserve of Misapawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba. She began acting at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and has since attended The University of Manitoba, The National Voice Intensive and graduated from the three-year professional performance training program at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. She was last seen in Two Indians by Falen Johnson in Summerworks ‘16.
Karl Graboshas | François
Karl is thrilled to once again be onstage in Montréal. Recent theatre credits include taking Sherlock Holmes (Segal Center for Performing Arts) on tour with Toronto’s Starvox Productions to LA, Chicago, Washington, and Toronto, Triplex Nervosa (Centaur Theatre), and The Odyssey & The Iliad (Geordie Productions). Recent film/tv credits include Goon 2: The Last of The Enforcers (in theatres now), Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, Brad’s Status, CBC’s Bellevue and Sony’s Roadside Picnic pilot. He also recently voiced the role of Koller in the hit video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Karl is a native Montréaler, and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. He has been offering actors private audition coaching for the past seven years and self-taping services for the past three. He dedicates this show to his family.
Tristan D. Lalla | César
Career highlights include over 70 plays, musicals, and staged readings across Canada and with Black Theatre Workshop that includes – A Raisin In The Sun, The Lamentable Tragedy Of Sal Capone, and most recently the multi META award winning The Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search Of God, as well as dozens of feature films and television shows (Nine Lives, 19-2, Brick Mansions, Red 2, Quantico, How She Move), and over 20 video games (such as the Assassin’s Creed franchise, Watch Dogs, Deus Ex, and Far Cry). Tristan is a Dawson College Professional Theatre honours graduate. Last season, he was a member of the 2015-16 ensemble at Canada’s National Arts Centre. He has recurring roles on the upcoming television shows 21 Thunder for CBC, and The Disappearance for CTV/NBC.
Olivier Lamarche | Claude
Olivier Lamarche is a bilingual actor in all mediums. He is co-creator and co-artistic director of award nominated Montréal theatre company PlayShed, through which he is currently creating and writing an original play LIMN. He is also developing WRK N PRGRSS; a multidisciplinary showcase that gives young and emerging artists a public platform from which to share the creative process behind a work they have yet to complete.
France Rolland | Thérèse
France is a Montréal based actor. Theatre credits include: Bar Kapra The Squirrel Hunter (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre), Histoire du Soldat (Orchestre Symphonique de Laval), Top girls (Segal Centre for Performing Arts), The Bacchae and Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre) Sexy Béton (Projet Porte Parole), Les Contes Urbains (Théâtre Urbi et Orbi). She has taken part in the Festival Transamériques, the Just for Laughs Festival and the Toronto Summerworks Festival. She has been awarded a MECCA for best actress (Medea), and a META for best supporting actress (Agave, The Bacchae).
Original music composed & performed by SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble
(Pictured above SIXTRUM Ensemble: Joao Cataloa, Julien Compagne, Kristie Ibrahim, Fabrice Marandola)
In 2016-17, SIXTRUM Percussion Ensemble celebrates ten seasons of collaborations and tours, dozens of meetings with Canadian and international composers, hundreds of concerts for young audiences, thousands of hours of rehearsal, millions of notes, and a new CD released in January 2017, De la percussion! Over the past 10 years, SIXTRUM has established a signature in contemporary percussion in Montréal and abroad. Highlight international festival appearances include performances at Printemps des Arts, Monte Carlo; Présences – Radio France, Paris; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA (O’Vertigo/SMCQ); and the opening night concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention ͞PASIC15͟. San Antonio, TX.
SIXTRUM is in residence at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal, and is supported by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Choreography: Ghislaine Doté
Ghislaine Dote is a performer, choreographer and composer. She moved to Montréal in 1997, where she completed a double BA in Contemporary Dance creation and performance. She went on to found her company Virtu’O Danse. As a choreographer, Ghislaine has developed a unique choreographic vocabulary which is both musical and expressive with the aim of expressing emotions that the audience can identify with.
Her works have been shown throughout Canada and recently in the UK. Ghislaine has received funding from the Québec, Canada and British art council for her works. Her new work, Skinbox , a one woman show will be premiered at Tangente this month. A prolific and ecclectic performer, Ghislaine’s dancing credits include Canadian companies Van Grimde Corps Secret, Flak, Sinha Danse, and Cirque du Soleil. She was also in the cast of the acclaimed Berger/Plamondon musical Starmania, as well as finalist of So you think you can Dance Canada. Ghislaine is thrilled to work on this production.
Set & Costume Design: Eo Sharp
Eo Sharp designed the sets and costumes for Angélique as well as for You Will Remember Me which is presently playing at the Centaur. Recent productions include Intractable Woman (Imago Theatre), and Alice in Wonderland (Shaw Festival). Eo has worked at theatres large and small across the country including the Stratford Festival, the Other Theatre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Clowns Gone Bad, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Junction, and Geordie Productions. She is a member of both APASQ and the ADC.
Lighting Design: David Perreault Ninacs
Depuis sa graduation de l’ÉNTC, David a conçu les éclairages pour plus de 70 spectacles de théâtre et il a fait l’éclairage pour des expositions d’arts visuels, pour des galas corporatifs, des spectacles de danse et de musique. Cette production sera sa première collaboration avec Black Theatre Workshop, le théâtre Tableau D’Hôte et M. Payette. David est plus qu’heureux d’être capable à nouveau de créer avec Mme. Sharp (avec qui il a gagné deux prix MECCA dans la catégorie Best Look). Après vingt ans de cette vie, il continue de croire que la lumière sous toutes ses formes vaut la peine d’y jeter encore un coup d’oeil.
Assistant Set & Costume Design: Zoe Roux
Zoe Roux is an emerging artist and theatre designer from Montréal. Zoe recently graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Specialization in Theatre Design. Her work spans across costume, set, and lighting design, illuminating the hybridity of theatre’s visual production. The integrity and innovation unique to Roux’s portfolio brought her to collaborate with professional Canadian companies including Centaur Theatre, Geordie Productions, Black Theatre Workshop, The Other Theatre, as well as independent initiatives. Recent credits include projection designer and assistant set designer on The Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions) and assistant set designer on Love U Lovecraft (The Other Theatre).
Stage Manager: Birdie Gregor
Growing up in industrial Cape Breton taught me the worth of a good story, and I’ve been a storyteller ever since I discovered the magic of making someone laugh. I think I was 4. I currently work as everything from a teacher, actor, stage-manager, director, to my new roles as producer and company founder at PlayShed.
I have had the privilege to work on some incredible pieces, some select credits include; 4 time META winner and the English Montréal Premiere of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre); Atlantic Fringe’s Best of Festival Winner Punch Up (Theatre Brouhaha/Presented by Highland Arts Theatre); Travesties (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Intimate Apparel (Centaur Theatre); and Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Geordie Productions).
Assistant Director: Dayane Ntibarikure
Almost 2 years ago, I had the chance to discover the play Angélique while it was taking its first steps through a workshop. It is now with great honor and pride that I get to not only witness but also take part in sharing our fully bloomed version with all of you. I am forever grateful for all these opportunities that allow me to explore my obsession of human connection.
Apprentice Director: Sophie Gee
Sophie Gee is a director of mostly new creations which she presents under the name Nervous Hunter. Works include The Phaedra Project (No! I! Don’t! Want! To! Fall! In! Love! With! You!) (Montréal, arts interculturels), I Am Such a Small Container for All This (Iceland, SEAS Festival), and Domestik (Eastern Bloc). Last summer, a rehearsed reading of her multilingual play Da Jia (Everyone/Big House) was presented at FuGen’s Walk the Walk Festival, directed by Nina Lee Aquino. She is currently creating Lévriers, a multidisciplinary “theatrical inquiry” on success and Bonnes Bonnes, a reimagining of The Maids with a Chinese cast. Sophie is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program.
Apprentice Stage Manager: Stephen Alarie
A graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Technical Theatre program, Stephen is very excited to come on board for the production of Angélique. His previous Apprenticeship Credits include Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv (Infinitheatre), Prom Queen: The Musical, and The Secret Annex (Segal Centre for Performing Arts). He was Assistant Stage Manager for The Yiddish production of The Producers at the Segal Centre last year (DWYT) and will be once again for the upcoming production of It Shoulda Been You. Other recent production roles he has done include Stage Manager for Hansel & Gretel (Opera da Camera), Lear (JAC Theatre) and The Dumb Waiter (Collective Productions), Head of Props for Hot L Baltimore (JAC Theatre) and Lighting Designer for Cabaret (JAC Theatre). Furthermore, he has done prop building for films such as X-Men: Apocalypse, and directed Collective Productions’ The Bad Guys.
Apprentice Stage Manager: Gabriela Saltiel
Born and bred in Montréal, Gabriela has worked as a stage manager and technician for various productions in the city including Stop Kiss (Chrysanthemum Tea Productions) Wandering Stars (Segal Center for Performing Arts), Chekhov’s Children (Title 66 Productions), and, most recently, TUMIT (Akpik Theatre).
After completing her degree in English and Russian Literature at the University of Toronto, she returned to Montréal and rejoined Title 66 Productions as Co-Director and began a 9-month devising process they named Nuclear Sky: The Experiment. Shortly after, she joined Geordie Productions as their Development and Audience Coordinator and completed the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. She is thrilled to be joining such a talented group of artists in bringing this important work to life!