"Amazing, resonant storytelling, beguiling us at every turn... demands to be seen" The Globe and Mail
- Featuring Ex Machina / Robert Lepage
- Written, designed, directed and performed by Robert Lepage
Presented in English only
Celebrated theatre-maker Robert Lepage returns to the NAC with an autobiographical journey through his childhood in a Quebec just beginning to awaken to its own promise. Unable to memorize a poem he must recite, Lepage uses the “memory palace” technique, assigning stanzas to the familiar rooms of his childhood home. But re-opening the doors to each room reveals more inside than just the poem he put there. With stagecraft that will take your breath away, 887 recreates the world of a young boy growing up in 1960s Quebec.
Sections of the play are performed in French with English surtitles.
Commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. In co-production with le lieu unique, Nantes, La Comète - Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Edinburgh International Festival, Århus Festuge, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival 2015, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, Ysarca Art Promotions - Pilar de Yzaguirre, Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, on the occasion of Simon Fraser University's 50th Anniversary, Vancouver, Le Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts d’Ottawa, Le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Canadian Stage, Toronto, Le Volcan-scène nationale du Havre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, The Bergen International Festival4 stars.
Performance is approximately 125 minutes with no intermission.