Have an interest in supporting student theatre? Former Theatre Kid looking to relive the glory days? Just a lover of plays and play festivals? The McGill Director’s Project, presented by the McGill University English Department, is back at Morrice Hall for its 2020 edition this spring season.
McGill is home to a diverse and rich theatre scene, and Director’s Project is a two-week long theatre festival showcasing the English Department’s Directing Class – as well as actors and stage managers – from the university’s community.
The festival runs from March 24 to April 4th, and will present the eight plays throughout the run. Each night will showcase two plays, with a 10 minute intermission between the shows. While each show is diverse in its content, each of the shows shares a love of the arts and a dedication by the students involved to the work being performed. Spanning from stories of WWII Germany to post-apocalyptic England, the plays address themes of community, memory, politics, social justice, and love. Not sure which shows to see? Why not see them all!
The shows will be performed at Morrice Hall Theatre, on McGill Campus (3485 McTavish St, Montreal, H3A 1Y1). Tickets are available at the door on the day of the performance.
WEEK ONE: March 24 – 28
March 24, 27 and 29 – 7:30pm
Written by Robert Scott
Directed by William Degardin-Sagnier
A group anger management session takes place in a meeting room. The facilitator suggests the participants to re-enact the reason they were sent there. As the acting process goes on, the session starts to take a turn for the worst and goes completely out of control.
The Bald Soprano
Written by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Summer Mahmund
An absurd exploration of the modern human condition. It is a domestically set comedy that plays with the nonsensical and arbitrary nature of our conventions and preoccupations in “civilized society”.
March 25 and 26 – 7:30pm / March 28 – 4:00pm
Not Not Not Not Not Enough Oxygen
Written by Carol Churchill
Directed by Emanuelle Martin
Set in the dystopian future in London UK, this play encapsulates an environmental apocalypse where citizens fight for breath. Mick, a sad old man waits for his celebrity son, Claude, to pay him a visit after not having seen him in five years. Alienated by clean air, Mick and Vivian (who lives in the same cell-block apartment as Mick), are desperate for Claude’s money to find oxygen elsewhere.
Written by Camille Inston and Raffie Rosenberg
Directed by SeaSea Nemecek
A sex-tape scandal. Lingering tensions from the past. A toxic attempt to restore what once was. Four ex-friends are brought together to collaborate on a short film project that was never finished. Their futures after school and artistic processes are put to the test as they explore the delicate and tumultuous nature of friendship in the midst of a creative process.
WEEK TWO: March 31 – April 4
March 31 and April 2 – 7:30pm / April 4 – 4:00pm
Tough Choices for the New Century – A Seminar for Responsible Living
Written by Jane Anderson
Directed by Abigail Green
Styled as a seminar, the husband and wife duo of Bob and Helen Dooley present strategies for protecting yourself against various types of natural disasters. Their presentation is followed by that of gun advocate Arden Shingles, who skillfully argues for the proliferation of guns as a tool for self defence through demonstrations and by challenging common fears. Paralleling many issues relevant in our current political climate, Tough Choices for the New Century is a political satire that questions how far one is willing to go to feel safe in a world of uncertainty.
Written by Craig Pettigrew
Directed by Tess Capern
Ten years after the last time they saw one another, estranged professor Allard and his pupil Dennis reunite after years of tensions and disagreements. Despite their innate inability to agree on social justice, they share an intense bond that was once unshakeable. While Allard has had an immensely successful career in politics while Dennis has grown more and more unwell. However, years have passed and both men have changed, will they be able to reconcile? And at what cost?
April 1, 3, and 4 – 7:30pm
The Art of Remembering
Written by Adina Ruskin
Directed by Rebecca Turner
The Art of Remembering is a modernist, free-flowing play that follows the intertwining recollections of Rebecca, a Jewish woman mourning the death of her father. As she looks through trunks of cherished family heirlooms, she is joined on her often hilarious yet saddening journey by Becky and Reba, aspects of herself who hold in them the essences of their relatives long-gone . Journeying through time and space, from 19th century New York to 20th century Argentina, Rebecca learns of the importance of not only remembering the dead but of celebrating the people they used to be and the person they lead her to become.
The Jewish Wife
Written by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Jasmine Chakravarty
A Jewish woman packs her things, preparing to leave Nazi Germany for Amsterdam. Between packing, she makes calls to friends and relatives to say goodbye and ensure her husband is looked after. She rehearses the speech she will give her husband, but when he arrives they talk as if she were only going away for two or three weeks, but when she finally leaves, he hands her her fur coat indicating that he knows it will in fact be for longer.