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''If the answer's a human being then what is the question ?'' Le chœur des Filles dans « Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma »

NAC Co-production

Mythology lesson

Martin Crimp’s ferociously funny, profoundly tragic play-within-a-play turns a new lens on the story of Oedipus and his lame lineage. Director Christian Lapointe invites us into a classroom where questions become the weapons of a revolt on the rise.

Eteocles and his brother Polynices are engaged in a fight to the death for the throne of Thebes. They are the incestuous offspring of the tainted Labdacid line, sons of Oedipus and Jocasta, and though their dialogue has a contemporary ring, they will suffer a classically tragic fate. As reimagined by playwright Martin Crimp, Euripides’ chorus of young girls become trailblazers who drive the unfolding of the myth through the actions of characters dissociated from their true selves. Translated and directed by Christian Lapointe, whose staging enlists the conventions of the classroom, this is one mythology lesson you won’t soon forget.

The National Creation Fund

The National Creation Fund’s investment has enabled Carte Blanche to work with a larger cast, and has facilitated a significantly longer development period that includes a month-long residency in a fully equipped theatre.

Learn more about the National Creation Fund : https://nac-cna.ca/en/creationfund

Review

‟A densely packed script. An explosive staging. A raving mad cast. […] A must-see. Again and again.ˮ

Mario Cloutier, La Presse, September 2018

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Duration

Performance is approximately Performance is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. with no intermission.

video: Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma (teaser)
Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma (teaser)
© Julie Charland
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018
© Yanick MacDonald photographe 2018

Artists

  • Martin Crimp ©
    Written by Martin Crimp
  • Christian Lapointe ©Nadia Ross
    Translated into Québécois and directed by Christian Lapointe
  • Marc Béland ©Adrienne Suprenant
    Actor Marc Béland
  • Florence Blain Mbaye  ©Andréanne Gauthier
    Actor Florence Blain Mbaye
  • Lise Castonguay ©Maude Chauvin
    Actor Lise Castonguay
  • Claudia Chillis Rivard ©Maxime Côté
    Actor Claudia Chillis Rivard
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  • Based on The Phoenician Women by Euripides
  • Cast Marc Béland, Florence Blain Mbaye, Lise Castonguay, Claudia Chillis Rivard, Gabrielle Côté, Laura Côté-Bilodeau, Mellissa Larivière, Nathalie Mallette, Marie-Ève Perron, Ève Pressault, Éric Robidoux, Jules Ronfard, Paul Savoie and Gabriel Szabo
  • Set design Jean Hazel
  • Lighting design Sonoyo Nishikawa
  • Video Lionel Arnould
  • Costumes Elen Ewing
  • Music Nicolas Basque
  • Props Claire Renaud
  • Dramaturg Andréane Roy
  • Assistant director Emmanuelle Kirouac-Sanche
  • Technical director Matéo Thébaudeau and Alex Gendron
  • Production manager Line Noël
  • Coproduced by ESPACE GO, Carte Blanche and NAC French Theatre
  • Artistic codirection Christian Lapointe, Ginette Noiseux and Brigitte Haentjens
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