Centaur Theatre, one of Quebec’s premiere English-language theatre companies, has just announced its lineup of shows for the 2016-2017 season at today’s highly anticipated launch event in Montreal.
Three international hits and three Canadian successes will transport audiences to an array of diverse worlds where anything is possible, where new ways of seeing, thinking and feeling exist. Tragedy and triumph, vulnerability and veracity, the complexities of global and community issues, the subtleties of personal interactions; each 2016-2017 production is an adventure into the boundless embrace of the heart and the unpredictable depths of the soul. Coupled with outstanding ancillary events, including the remount of a Quebec classic and an original Asian Canadian story headlining the Wildside Festival, Season 48 soars to new heights.
“Life is a shared journey into the unknown and stories are landmarks and compass points we can use to guide us. They allow us to step back from life’s challenges to discover new perspectives and fresh outlooks that enrich our lives and relationships,” said Roy Surette. “The people in these plays are in many ways familiar and ordinary but they are also extraordinary and surprising and bring us to the brink of new discoveries about ourselves and the world that we live in now. We invite Montrealers to come fly with us, be SWEPT AWAY to new and different realities where treasures of humour, empathy and wisdom abound.”
Centaur’s mainstage line-up offers six unique worlds for audiences to explore and experience:
Constellations, the recent West End and New York smash, highlights the astonishing potential in every life through infinite combinations of free will and fate in Nick Payne’s quirky world of quantum love. A Canadian English Language Premiere, co-produced with Canadian Stage Company (Toronto). Directed by Peter Hinton.
October 4 – 30, 2016
Anabelle Soutar’s docu-theatrical world takes audiences on a cross-country ride when her family takes action to protect the planet in The Watershed. A Quebec English Language Premiere, co-produced with Porte Parole (Montreal) and Crow’s Theatre (Toronto). Directed by Chris Abraham.
November 8 – December 4, 2016
Trailer-trash kitsch and fine art are colliding worlds, questioning the authenticity of both art and people, in Steven Sacks’ riotous Bakersfield Mist, based on true events. A Canadian Premiere, co-produced with the Arts Club Theatre (Vancouver). Directed by Roy Surette.
January 31 – February 26, 2017
Venture into the world of Edouard’s disintegrating mind, where a buried memory springs to life, giving him a final chance at redemption in the heartwarming You Will Remember Me, by the Governor General’s Award-winning Quebecois playwright, Francois Archambault and translated by Bobby Theodore. A Quebec English language Premiere. Directed by Roy Surette.
March 7 to April 2, 2017
In the politically correct world of cross-purpose communication and misunderstanding, hilarity ensues when race and real estate are at stake in Bruce Norris’ biting satire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park. A Quebec English language Premiere. Directed by Ellen David.
April 4 to 30, 2017
Jump into the perplexing world of the service industry as two gay urbanites triumph over small-town attitudes to establish a new business, home and family in Bed and Breakfast, a fresh Canadian comedy by Mark Crawford. Produced in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse. Directed by Ashlie Corcoran
April 25 to May 21, 2017