“The forest’s advance, the animals’ unnatural frenzy, that horrific vision. I’m starting to connect the dots and the big picture is dreadful” – Hide
It’s getting warmer; you can smell the fear in the air. Nature is running amok. Climate change or a much darker, transfiguring force?
Province takes the audience on a wild ride, full of potent questions and uneasy answers. Set in the deep forest of Quebec, this darkly comic play is part of a rich tradition of dystopian art, exploring humanity’s indifference to environmental destruction and our commitment to individualism at any cost. A poetic, whimsical fable, steeped in organic rural textures, Province revolves around a gallery of colourful characters who must face off against mutant animals—suddenly rebellious and determined to destroy their human masters. Despite the ecological malaise, the people of Province continue their pre-apocalypse lives with as much gusto as before, playing Wii, making home videos, obsessing over their looks and material possessions. Will they react before it is too late or will they be swallowed up by the ever-encroaching greenery of the Province?
Lyne Paquette, Artistic Director of Talisman Theatre, and Stacey Christodoulou, Artistic Director of The Other Theatre, join forces to bring this exciting new work to the Montreal stage. For Stacey, Province was yet another opportunity to explore the tension between the individual and the collective experience: how everyday acts of kindness and cruelty are reflected in the larger social and political context. For Lyne, who will also design the world of Province, the play marks Talisman Theatre’s fourth commissioned translation of contemporary French plays into English and the third collaboration with translator Nadine Desrochers (Billy: The Days of Howling, The Medea Effect, The Flood Thereafter). The English translation of the play has been read both in Montreal and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Among the murmur of the thistle and nettle, you can hear the dribble of drool over fangs. Eyes closed, you can almost see the manufactured and mutant shapes of the unseen.” – Buddy
Talisman Theatre and The Other Theatre present the World English-language Premiere of
Province by Mathieu Gosselin
Centaur Theatre’s Brave New Looks Selection
English translation Nadine Desrochers
Directed by Stacey Christodoulou
Main Photo and Poster Image: Laz Burke
Dates: October 7-17, 2015
Venue: Centaur Theatre, 453 St. François-Xavier (Metro Place d’Armes)
Time: Wednesday to Saturday, 8:30 pm. Matinee: Sat., Oct. 17 at 2:30 pm
Tickets: $28 regular, $25 students
Reservations: (514) 288-3161 or purchase online: Centaur box office
Interviews with the creators of Province
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REVIEW FROM MATT AND EMILY AT RE:STAGE!
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