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April 20 to May 5, 2007

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AN IMPRESSIVE LINE-UP OF FRENCH AND BILINGUAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

4/24/2007

[Ottawa, Ontario – April, 2007] – Quebec Scene presents some of the hottest plays, including works by some of Quebec’s most sought-after creators and a world premiere.

Quebec Scene is proud to be showing the world premiere of Norman written by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. Produced by 4D art in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada in coproduction with Place des Arts de Montréal, the Quebec Scene, Luminato Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, and Espace Jean Legendre – Scène conventionnée, Compiègne (France), this production tells the story of animator Norman McLaren, creator of such classics as Pas de deux and Once Upon a Chair, who left an indelible mark on the history of film.

Norman McLaren founded the National Film Board animation studio in 1941 and turned it into a unique creative crucible that inspired generations of filmmakers. Through the innovative projection technologies developed by 4D art, audiences can now penetrate McLaren’s world in a whole new way. This one-man show, featuring talented performer/choreographer Peter Trosztmer, pays tribute to the great filmmaker’s extraordinary genius, vision and humanity through an interactive mix of interviews, sound sequences and video clips in a bilingual presentation April 26 & 27 at 20:00 and April 28 at 14:00 and 20:00 at the National Arts Centre, Studio.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111 or online at www.quebecscene.ca. Price: Adults $25, Students $13.75.

King Dave, written by Alexandre Goyette, directed by Christian Fortin tells the story of David Morin, a.k.a. “King Dave”. A young man with something of a teenager still about him, Dave thinks he’s invincible. However, one night at a wild party, his life starts to spin out of control, and he’s inexorably drawn into the violent world of street gangs. An astonishing one-man show, this first play by playwright and performer Alexandre Goyette won the prestigious Masques (awards) for Best Original Script and Best Performance by a Male Actor, 2005. This darkly gripping, breathlessly suspenseful blend of horror and humour plays in French at The National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage April 26-28 at 20:00.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111 or online at www.quebecscene.ca. Price: Adults $20, Students $15.

Discours de la méthode is written by Loup Bleu and loosely based on the work of René Descartes the giant of French philosophy. Having tackled such classics as the epic novel Candide and even the Bible, Loup Bleu and his merry band from Théâtre du Sous-Marin Jaune take on René Descartes, “I think, therefore I am,” declares... the marionette!

Loup Bleu, omniscient narrator, follows in the great thinker’s footsteps, offering a quickie adaptation of Descartes’ mammoth 11-volume philosophical treatise that’s light years away from the classroom snore fests we all endured. With its irresistible blend of puppets, puppeteers/performers and Chinese shadow play, this is theatre that’s creative, playful and informative and a fascinating adventure for young and old alike. Discours de la méthode is playing in French only at Arts Court Theatre May 4-5 at 20:00.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca, Arts Court reception desk or at the Arts Court Box Office 1 hour before show time. Price: Adults $20, Students $15.
Welcome to... (a city where you are the tourist) written by Olivier Choinière and created by ARGGL!. The Ottawa version was commissioned by Quebec Scene and is presented in association with Théâtre de la Vieille 17. This production invites guests on an urban adventure, an audio guided tour designed for one person at a time. Guests will begin the journey at 61A York Street and while roaming the streets, the pre-recorded human voice describes not the city seen through the viewers’ eyes but the ghosts and memories of its past, its dreams and nightmares. This production is presented in English and French and runs from April 20 – May 5.
Tickets are available at the Nouvelle Scène Box Office at 613.241.2727, ext. 1. Price: Adults $26.50, Seniors $21.50, Students $16.50 Carte Liberté holders: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10.
Everybody’s Welles pour tous is a theatrical docudrama about an obsessive lecturer whose life and career are altered by his experience of Welles’ films. Patrice Dubois and Martin Labrecque, try to grasp and communicate the essence of Welles the man and, more important, Welles the legend. In order to take on such tasks both had to become “Wellesian” themselves: versatile, multifaceted, politicized craftsmen. Winner of the 2005 Masque for Outstanding Montreal Production, Everybody’s Welles(pour tous plays May 3 at 20:00 in French and May 4-5 at 20:00 in English at Ottawa University Academic Hall.
Tickets are available at NAC Box Office, Ticketmaster: 613.755.1111, online at www.quebecscene.ca or at the door one hour before show time. Price: Adults $20, Students $15.

Joël Beddows directs Claude Gauvreau’s Les Entrailles coproduced by Quebec Scene and Théâtre la Catapulte. One day, fantastical poems’ writer Frédéric Chir de Houppelande decides to present his work as a stage show, a magical dance of cadavers, a young girl, a bitter soldier, the eternal figure of the Creator, and Man and Woman wounding each other. The stories they tell are strangely familiar: timeless tales of humanity and simplicity, all conveyed by Chir de Houppelande’s transcendent verses. Les Entrailles is playing at La Nouvelle Scène in French only from April 18-28 at 20:00.

Tickets are available at the Nouvelle Scène Box Office at 613.241.2727, ext. 1. Price: Adults $26.50, Seniors $21.50, Students $16.50 Carte Liberté holders: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10.

In addition, Quebec Scene partners present more French programming. Avaler la mer et les poissons, written and performed by Sylvie Drapeau and Isabelle Vincent, is presented at Maison de la Culture de Gatineau, Odysée Hall April 20-21. The National Arts Centre French Theatre in collaboration with Quebec Scene is proud to present the world premiere of Lèvres, created, directed and performed by Pierre Lebeau at the National Arts Centre Theatre May 1-5.

Family Theatre is also on the agenda. Quebec Scene is proud to copresent with Théâtre la Catapulte the colourful and imaginative adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s short story Le Fantôme de Canterville as well as Wajdi Mouawad’s Assoiffés both playing at La Nouvelle Scène May 1 and May 4-5 respectively. More family theatre is presented by The National Arts Centre French Theatre with Suzanne Lebeau’s Contes d’Enfants Réels at the National Arts Centre Studio April 21-22 as well as Mika, L’Enfant Pleureur at Salle Jean-Despréz April 22.

Tickets for all Quebec Scene events are on sale now. For detailed information on how to purchase tickets on-line, by phone or in-person, as well as for more detailed information on all the Quebec Scene shows and events, please consult the event website at www.quebecscene.ca.

The National Arts Centre Foundation gratefully acknowledges support by Major Sponsor SAQ, Program Sponsors Enbridge and Gaz Metro, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Casino du Lac-Leamy, Bombardier and Alcan. Supporting sponsors are Canril Corporation, Interinvest, Galaxie:The CBC’s Continuous Music Network, the National Capital Commission and the Lord Elgin Hotel. Media partners include Official Broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada, Énergie, Rock Détente, Gesca Limitée, notably through La Presse and Le Droit, the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen. Government partners are the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec through the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. The NAC Foundation also extends a warm thank you to the National Arts Centre Friends-Quebec, a committed group of individuals and corporations who understand the need to support arts and culture and especially Quebec artists, and particular thanks to Honorary Chairs Yves and Carol Fortier.

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