February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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“There’s an X on Elm Street in Dallas marking the place where Kennedy was shot…. All over Facebook, people ‘like’ photos of their friends standing on the X, on the very spot where a man was gunned down 50 years ago.” Claude Guilmain, AmericanDream.ca

Fragments of the American dream

A suspenseful, tender and comical tale where past and present collide. A family saga that reveals a quest for happiness thwarted by the vicissitudes of life. A road trip both personal and universal that questions our fascination with the American dream.

Part comedy of manners, part historical saga, Claude Guilmain’s ambitious trilogy AmericanDream.ca follows the story of the Cardinal family, whose branches have spread across America, from the days of John F. Kennedy to the events of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. First staged at the Zones Théâtrales biennial and reworked for this first full production by NAC French Theatre, the trilogy takes a multi-layered look at defining moments in history. As multimedia images flicker across the stage, the characters reveal glimpses of some deeply personal dramas of their own.

*** Presented in French with passages in English with French surtitles ***

Performance is approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission and one short break including intermission

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  • Written and Designed by Claude Guilmain
  • Directed by Louise Naubert and Claude Guilmain
  • Cast Sasha Dominique, Magali Lemèle, Bernard Meney, Louise Naubert, Pier Paquette and Anie Richer
  • Illustrations and film direction Claude Guilmain
  • Collaboration Set design Duncan Appleton and Aurélien Muller
  • Video Design Duncan Appleton, Aurélien Muller and Grégory Pallanque
  • Video and audio participation Stephan Dubeau, Rick Miller and Anne-Sophie Quemener
  • Soundscape and original music Claude Naubert
  • Pianist performing Gershwin (third part) Philippe Noireaut
  • Lighting design Guillaume Houët
  • Movement Sylvie Bouchard
  • Costumes Louise Naubert
  • Technical director Duncan Appleton
  • Stage manager Laura Bergeron
  • Assistant Stage manager Sarah Delignies
  • Web design Mikaël Lavogiez
  • English surtitles Claude Guilmain
  • Produced by Théâtre la Tangente