MONTREAL, QC – Jovette Marchessault’s Night Cows/Les vaches de nuit begins at dusk. A baby cow, vachette, describes how her mother removes the shackles of the day and society, transforming into a sensual, grotesque, night cow. The mother opens herself in two, splits herself in four expanding into the milky way, her daughter riding her back.
This cosmic journey will unfold next week at the MAI (Montreal, Artis Interculturels), running from May 30 to June 1. Through the MAI mentorship program, director Katey Wattam has developed a fantastical interpretation of Marchessault’s seminal yet underperformed text, originally written in 1979. Wattam’s production blurs the line between human and animal, mother and daughter, sky and earth, inviting audiences into the milky ecstasy of liberation.
At a time when artistic communities across North America are reckoning with internal sexism and injustices, Wattam presents a bold vision of a world where queer and feminine creatures take flight and achieve dominance in the stars. Bringing together Indigenous, Anglophone, and Francophone approaches, the intercultural production reclaims Quebec’s feminist history and asks audiences to imagine: what do liberation and connection feel like today?
Night Cows/Les vaches de nuit is a story of Quebec’s past, present, and future; a fantasy built upon reality; a flight you won’t soon forget.
Eléonore Lamothe – The Night Cow
Katey Wattam – Director
Micheline Chevrier – Directing Mentor
Nikita Bala – Production Manager
Yuan Kelly – Stage Manager
Rosie Long Decter – Dramaturge & Musician
Easton Skara – Musician
Micah Flavin – Musician
Lauren Laframboise – Costume Designer
Anna Jane McIntyre – Set Designer
Sophie Marisol – Poster Designer
Isaac Mailer – Photographer
Night Cows/Les vaches de nuit plays at the MAI (3680 Jeanne Mance) May 30, May 31, June 1, at 8PM. Tickets are 15$ in advance and pay what you can at the door. Tickets are available here. For more information visit www.mooncow.co, or the Facebook event here. The venue is wheelchair accessible and located on ground floor of the building.
MoonCow Theatre is a theatre company founded by Wattam in 2017. Formerly Beige Theatre Co., the company has already earned praise for tackling difficult social issues and was nominated for the Frankie Award for Most Promising English Theatre Company for their 2017 production of David Gow’s Cherry Docs.