MONTREAL, JUNE 23, 2017 – The Segal Centre is proud to present the hit comedy What’s in a Name? by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière adapted from the French by Michael Mackenzie. This wild comedy about a scandalous baby name is presented as part of the official program of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, July 9 through July 30.
A sparkling comedy full of surprises
When Vincent reveals what he and his wife plan to name their unborn son, the shocking moniker causes a scandal among their friends. But what could be so offensive about a name? A casual dinner erupts into an outrageous verbal slugfest where juicy secrets are served up and long-standing friendships might get cooked!
Who’s coming to dinner?
Jennifer Tarver will direct this raucous dinner party. She is the artistic director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company in Toronto, and an award-winning theatre director and creator. She has directed for major theatre companies including the Tarragon, Canadian Stage Company, The Goodman Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer was last seen in Montreal when she directed Venus in Fur at the Centaur.
“I am thrilled to be directing this new version of the play by Michael Mackenzie that is raw, edgy and both painfully funny and insightful,” she exclaimed.
The Segal is thrilled to welcome back Amanda Lisman (Othello at the Segal and TV’s Arrow, and Suits) and Andrew Shaver (Segal credits include performing in The Seagull, and directing The Graduate and Sherlock Holmes) who recently demonstrated their comedic chops in the Segal’s 2017 production of Noises Off. Montreal native Matthew Gagnon (Mirvish’s The Lord of the Rings, Repercussion’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Centaur’s Clybourne Park) also returns to the Segal stage following his appearance in 2013’s production of Sherlock Holmes. Two other Montreal artists making their Segal debuts are Pat Kiely (Director of the film Someone Else’s Wedding, starring Jacob Tierney and Jessica Paré, and Who Is KK Downey?, which he also starred in) and Erika Rosenbaum (who recently appeared on the hit web series YidLife Crisis, and the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn).
The creative team will showcase the talents of Olivier Landreville (Set Designer), Sylvain Genois (Costume Designer), Robert Thomson (Lighting Designer), and Steve Marsh (Sound Designer).
French hit play adapted for Montreal
Adapted from the worldwide hit play Le prénom, which toured across the province with 112 performances and 70,000 tickets sold as part of the 2012 Festival Juste pour rire and received a movie adaptation that same year, What’s in a Name? is being presented for the first time in this Montreal-specific adaptation as part of the celebrations for Montréal’s 375th anniversary in collaboration with Just For Laughs.
“It’s a very relatable story that takes incredible turns. I love our cast, who play Mile-Ex hipsters in what is a smart, witty, and fast-paced comedy adapted by Montreal-based playwright Michael Mackenzie. Just for Laughs are the experts of comedy and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them by bringing this Juste pour rire favourite to Montreal’s west end as part of the summer theatre festival. It’s perfect to close off our 2016-2017 season and celebrate Montréal’s 375th anniversary,” said Segal Centre Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin.
July 9 – July 30, 2017
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts,
5170 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montreal, H3W 1M7
SUNDAY @ THE SEGAL
An enriching pre-show lecture designed to enhance your theatre experience.
Sunday, July 9 – 11:00 a.m.
Entrance is free.
MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS
A chance to interact with the creators and actors of the play after the curtain goes down.
Mondays, July 17 & 24
(Group, Senior, Student, Under 30 discounts available. Subject to availability)
Box Office: 514.739.7944
À nous la scène!
Theatre lovers can see all 11 À nous la scène! plays with PASSEPORT
(4 plays: $110.00 / 3 plays: $165.00), or à la carte, at www.lavitrine.com/event/anouslascene
and at www.375mtl.com/anouslascene
CLAUDE – Matthew Gagnon
PETER – Pat Kiely
ANNA – Amanda Lisman
ELIZABETH – Erika Rosenbaum
VINCENT – Andrew Shaver
BY Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière
ADAPTED FROM THE FRENCH BY Michael Mackenzie
DIRECTOR Jennifer Tarver
SET DESIGNER Olivier Landreville
COSTUME DESIGNER Sylvain Genois
LIGHTING DESIGNER Robert Thomson
SOUND DESIGNER Steve Marsh
STAGE MANAGER Elaine Normandeau
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Sarah-Marie Langlois