November 13, 7:30pm at the Monument National
The Possibilites by Howard Barker
A reading directed by Alison Darcy
Co-presented with Imago Theatre
“England’s greatest living dramatist”
“Theatre of Catastrophe takes as its first principle the idea that art is not digestible. Rather, it is an irritant in consciousness, like the grain of sand in the oyster’s gut…”
To mark the one hundred year anniversary of The First World War, Scapegoat Carnivale will be presenting a staged reading of Howard Barker’s The Possibilities as part of a series that Imago Theatre is curating entitled Have We Forgotten Yet?
In The Possibilities, Howard Barker forces us to face innumerable themes of war. Through various snapshots that take the audience to suspended places in time, our collective human weakness to continually repeat our cruel history is ripped open for examination. The human psyche can be tormented and tricked through oppression, guilt, and feelings of helplessness. As these sensibilities are manipulated, so is our ability to see all the possibilities available to us, and our right to stand by our personal morality.
Please join us after the staged reading for a talk back with actors and invited guests.
Have We Forgotten Yet?
November 11th – November 15th, 2014
At the Monument National’s Studio Hydro-Québec and La Balustrade
Six plays. Six theatre companies. One powerful festival.
The six plays explore the different sides of warfare such as a child soldier’s journey towards emotional rehabilitation, the torture that remains within, Canada’s flawed refugee system that can lead to acts of desperation, the collective faces of war, the individual accounts of what really went on in Iraq, and the war on civilians.
Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30pm
‘The Sound of Cracking Bones’
by Suzanne Lebeau
Translation by Julia Deschesne and John Van Burek
Presented by Geordie Productions
Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming
Starring Letitia Brookes, Mike Payette and Warona Setshwaelo
Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30
‘The Refugee Hotel’
by Carmen Aguirre
Presented by Teesri Duniya Theatre
Directed by Paulina Abarca-Cantin
Starring Marcelo Arroyo, Charles Bender, Ellen David, Braulio Eliser, Craig Francis, Ziad Ghanem, Gitanjali Jain, Gilda Monreal, Joy Ross-Jones, Amrit Sanger and Mayahuel Tecozautla
Thursday, November 13th at 7:30
by Howard Barker
Presented by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre
Directed by Alison Darcy
Starring Alarey Alsip, Mary Harvey, Mike Hughes, Mike Payette and Brett Watson
Friday, November 14th at 7:30
by Mary Vingoe
Presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal
Directed by Emma Tibaldo
Starring Sara Bradeen, Eric Davis, Marcel Jeannin, Chimwemwe Miller, Natalie Tannous and Warona Setshwaelo
Saturday, November 15th at 2:30 (matinee)
‘Palace of the End’
by Judith Thompson
Presented by Imago Theatre
Directed by Micheline Chevrier
Starring Deena Aziz, Paul Rainville and Amelia Sargisson
Saturday, November 15th at 7:30
by Lynn Nottage
Presented by Black Theatre Workshop
Directed by Quincy Armorer
Starring Letitia Brookes, Tamara Brown, Justin Johnson, Matthew Kabwe, Tristan D. Lalla, Liana Montoro, Christian Paul, Mike Payette, Patrizio Sanzari and Warona Setshwaelo