Galápagos

Credits

Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut

Directed by Stacey Christodoulou

With Paul-Patrick Charbonneau, Nathalie Claude, Philippe Ducros, Dean Makarenko, France Rolland and Anana Rydvald

Set Design J.E. Enríquez Costumes Eo Sharp Lighting Design David Perreault Ninacs Sound Troy Slocum Stage Manager Émilie-Julie Dumontier Production Manager and Technical Director Isabelle Beaudry

Dates October 7 – 15, 2005

Venue Centaur Theatre, 453 St. François-Xavier (Metro Place d’Armes)

Schedule Nightly at 8:30 PM, Saturday Matinees 2:30PM. No performances Sundays and Mondays.

Tickets $15 ($10 students and seniors)

Reservations (514) 288-3161


Synopsis

As part of Centaur Theatre Company’s Brave New Works Artistic Development Initiative, The Other Theatre presents a first version of Galápagos, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Kurt Vonnegut.

Directed by Stacey Christodoulou, Galápagos is part of The Other Theatre’s Paradise Lost series, which began in 2004 with the installation Expulsion and ended with the French-language premieres of The Fever and The Designated Mourner by Wallace Shawn.

Written by Kurt Vonnegut (the acclaimed novelist of Mother Night, Welcome to the Monkey House, Breakfast of Champions, and the masterpiece Slaughterhouse Five) Galápagos recounts the ironic decline of the human species as seen through the eyes and minds of the survivors of a doomed cruise to the Galápagos Islands. A tale of evolution with more twists than Darwin could have ever imagined, Galápagos’ post-apocalyptic universe abounds in wonder, coincidence, randomness and irrationality.


press


« Conçue dans le cadre du projet d’exploration artistique Brave New Works de la Compagnie théâtrale du Centaur, cette analyse ironique du déclin d’espèce humaine sera parachevée au cours des prochains mois et présentée en version définitive en 2006. Invitation a un fascinant work in progress, produit par le tonifiant Other Theatre. »


T. Malavoy-Racine, Voir, 6 octobre 2005


An evolutionary jump
Fascinating and fun adaptation of a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut will double in length by next year
“With a cast of six that includes Nathalie Claude, France Rolland and Philippe Ducros vigorously portraying a dozen characters, Galápagos has great physical acting going for it, as well as Christodoulou’s restless curiousity and keen stagecraft. Vonnegut’s illuminating and very funny text helps, too.”


Matt Radz, The Gazette, October 13, 2005


Just are reminder: The is the end of the world
Multilingual evolutionary apolcalyptica takes you for a ride

“The physical acting is just as important as the script in this original adaptation, a rare balance that is often underrated in theatre. Galàpagos will not disappoint in this respect, with its hilarious acrobatics on a bus, a modern dance interpretation of the marriage rituals of the blue-footed booby (get your mind out of the gutter, it’s a bird) and heart pounding death scenes.

Director Stacey Christodoulou has created the painstakingly tight-running production necessary to intertwine the complex and broad ideas of one million years into two hours without losing the spirit of improv. The feeling is further enhanced by the absence of any backstage area, creating a sense that the players’ entrances are all spontaneous bursts of creativity.

Evolutionary if not revolutionary, Galàpagos entertains while stirring up the deepest thoughts in our fated Big Brains, a feat not easily accomplished.”


Crystal Chan, The McGill Tribune, October 11, 2005


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