October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Un conte de l’apocalypse

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If life is a play, each of us has a part in it.

Will climate change deniers one day be accused of crimes against humanity? As the environment and climate change make headlines, Robert Marinier’s play draws us into a totalitarian green regime for a Brechtian experience tinged with humour.

In a not-too-distant future, massive floods ravage the Earth; cities are submerged, roads are destroyed, and hordes of migrants converge on the last remaining arable land. In Canada, an extremist faction of the Green Party, brought to power by a coup, imposes the death sentence on anyone who denies global warming. A rebellion starts to gain momentum. Convinced he’s only in a play, Guy Coudonc remains impervious to the impending disaster ... until, in spite of himself, he becomes the main character in this ecological fable.

A light-hearted illustration of our capacity for selective blindness, Un conte de l’apocalypse investigates the impact of our actions on the equilibrium of our planet. This play by Robert Marinier, recipient of the 2017 Nouvel-Ontario Award for his contribution to Franco-Ontarian arts and culture, is directed by André Perrier and marks the 40th anniversary of Théâtre de la Vieille 17.

Performance is approximately 1 heure 45 minutes with no intermission.

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  • Written by Robert Marinier
  • Directed by André Perrier
  • With Roch Castonguay, Alexandre Gauthier, Magali Lemèle, Andrée Rainville, Anie Richer, Luc Thériault and the participation of Joshua Carroll, Virginie Charland, Emmanuelle Gingras, Zackari Gosselin, Sophie Legault, Maxim Racicot-Doucet and Aryane Roberge (from the University of Ottawa Department of Theatre)
  • Assistant director and stage manager Lindsay Tremblay
  • Artistic consultant Esther Beauchemin
  • Sets John Doucet
  • Soundscape Martin Dawagne
  • Lighting Guillaume Houët
  • Video Christopher Payne
  • Costumes Judith de Boer
  • Assistant to costumes Erika Lynne Scrivens
  • Produced by Théâtre de la Vieille 17 and NAC French Theatre