Cher Tchekhov © Illustration Pony

Cher Tchekhov

The latest Michel Tremblay

2022-11-17 19:30 2022-11-19 21:30 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Cher Tchekhov

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/30555

In-person event

It’s fall, but the weather is still nice. A table has been set outside. The turkey is roasting in the oven. Everything is all set for a family dinner—except that the playwright wants to rework his play. He wants to comment on it and rewrite it in real time, as a group of actress siblings, their author brother and a critic engage in a verbal sparring match.  Some of you have seen all of Michel Tremblay’s plays. You’ve been moved by them because they speak to you of a...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
November 17 - 19, 2022
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Cher Tchekhov © Illustration Pony
Cher Tchekhov © Jean-François Gratton
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
“From Three Sisters to The Sisters-in-Law ”
  • In-person event
  • Français
  • Ages 14+
  • ≈ 1 hour and 45 minutes · No intermission

It’s fall, but the weather is still nice. A table has been set outside. The turkey is roasting in the oven. Everything is all set for a family dinner—except that the playwright wants to rework his play. He wants to comment on it and rewrite it in real time, as a group of actress siblings, their author brother and a critic engage in a verbal sparring match. 

Some of you have seen all of Michel Tremblay’s plays. You’ve been moved by them because they speak to you of a Quebec you know. Some of you have seen (or sung along with) Les belles-sœurs, you’ve read Chroniques du Plateau-Mont-Royal. Some of you know Michel Tremblay by name only. You’ve probably come across several of his characters without knowing it. 

In Cher Tchekhov (“Dear Chekhov”), Tremblay (re)examines an old script that was left unfinished. A tribute to the author of The Cherry Orchard and The Seagull, which prompts him to slow down his dialogue and introduce “secondary characters who don’t have much to do, but who are interesting all the same,” in the playwright’s own words. 

Will the play stand up in performance? The question obsesses him. Or rather obsesses Jean-Marc, the narrator and Tremblay’s alter ego. Tremblay is also present to some extent in Benoît, the author brother. The one who settles his accounts with an utterly detestable young critic, the current flame of Benoît’s sister, the Great Actress. The one who’s given her career a boost by working with a trendy millennial director, trashing Chekhov and her mother’s memory in the process.

Yes, Michel Tremblay is in total control of his art. Yes, Serge Denoncourt has assembled a brilliant cast to stage this “mirror held up to theatre”, this “Chekhovian reflection of what we are.” You already want to see it, don’t you? 

Meet Michel Tremblay! 

Audiences in the Ottawa–Gatineau region are invited to meet Michel Tremblay, who will be at the National Arts Centre on November 17 for a series of free public events. 

Exhibition: Michel Tremblay en sept temps (Michel Tremblay, in Seven Times) 

A free exhibition curated by theatre critic and teaching artist Sylvain Lavoie, documenting the relationship between Michel Tremblay and the National Arts Centre French Theatre through seven key moments. 

Vernissage: Thursday, November 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. 

Location: Babs Asper Theatre Foyer 

The exhibition will be open to the public from November 17 to 27 during the NAC’s opening hours.  

Interview with Michel Tremblay 

Host Julien Morissette, artistic director of Transistor Média and producer of French Theatre’s “Plus que du théâtre” podcasts, will talk with Michel Tremblay about the themes and characters in his most recent works.

Interview: Thursday, November 17 from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Location: Peter A. Herrndorf Place 

The interview will also be livestreamed on the National Arts Centre website and on NAC French Theatre’s Facebook page, it will remain available on the NAC website until November 27. 

Book signing

Meet the playwright and have him sign your copy of Cher Tchekhov (or another of his plays)! 

Signing: Thursday, November 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Location: Peter A. Herrndorf Place 

Cher Tchekhov © Illustration Pony
Cher Tchekhov © Jean-François Gratton
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
Cher Tchekhov © Yves Renaud
  • Written by Michel Tremblay
  • Directed by Serge Denoncourt
  • With Mikhail  Ahooja, Anne-Marie  Cadieux, Henri  Chassé, Maude  Guérin, Patrick  Hivon, François L'Écuyer, Gilles  Renaud and Isabelle  Vincent
  • Assistant director Marie-Christine Martel
  • Sets Guillaume Lord
  • Lighting Martin Labrecque
  • Original music Laurier Rajotte
  • Costumes Sylvain Genois
  • Makeup Amélie Bruneau-Longpré
  • Props Julie Measroch
  • Stage manager Andrée-Anne Garneau
  • Produced by Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
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