Montréal, July 31st, 2020 – After their recent announcement of the return of professional theatre in Montréal this summer, Tableau D’Hôte Theatre unveils the artistic team behind its upcoming world premiere production of En pointe: a spontaneously-created socially-distanced episodic series of bilingual short plays.
From August 6th to September 27th, 2020, nine original short plays – each corresponding to a singular episode in the series – are scheduled to be presented weekly at a secret location in Montréal’s Pointe-St-Charles. The exact address will be publicly revealed by e-mail and on the company’s social media on the day of each new performance.
All performances will be presented outdoors and with COVID-19 protective measures in place.
Stories of transformation in times of change
Written and directed by Tableau D’Hôte Artistic Director Mathieu-Murphy Perron, En pointe follows the encounters and adventures of interconnected characters living in a working-class neighborhood amid an unprecedented world crisis. Emerging from their homes after a prolonged quarantine during a global pandemic, they seek human contact, purpose, and a sense of belonging. From the pressure-cooker of isolation to adapting and resisting to a neighbourhood transformed by gentrification, can their individual hopes, fears, dreams lead to collective change and connection?
“Humorous, unifying, and uplifting, En pointe was conceived as a spontaneous gift for my neighbours in Pointe-St-Charles,” Murphy-Perron, themself a resident of the Pointe. “This neighborhood is historically known for its resilience, grit, creativity and solidarity, and we wanted to pay homage to it and its residents as we collectively undergo one of the strangest, saddest and most difficult times in our history. We all need a reason to come together and share a few laughs right now, and the plays in the En pointe series are a perfect reason to leave one’s home to safely experience something ephemeral with your neighbours, even if only for a few minutes a week.”
A Montréal original
Bringing the episodic stories to the stage is the bilingual cast of Montréal actors and actresses Émilie Barrette, Anna Beaupré Moulounda, George Bekiaris, Delphine Bienvenu, Ryan Bommarito, Richard Jutras, Devon Hardy, Matt Holland, Mike Hughes, Justin Johnson, Cat Lemieux, Amir Sám Nakhjavani, Frédéric Paquet, Christine Rodriguez, France Rolland, and Anne-Marie Saheb.
En pointe features the Montreal English Theatre Award (META)-winning Rob Denton on sound design, with fellow META recipients Sophie El-Assaad and Zoe Roux on costume design. Charley Hausknost (Stage Manager), Andrew Scriver (Production Manager), Stephanie Breton (Dramaturge), and Olivia Woods (Assistant Director) round up the creative and production team.
In an effort to make the series accessible to a wider audience, Tableau D’Hôte Theatre is excited to announce that visual artists Jaclyn Turner will be adapting each play from the series into a web-comic, whereas AJ Korkidakis will adapt every performance into a short film.
Creative and production team
Written and directed by: Mathieu Murphy-Perron
Costume Design: Sophie El-Assaad, Zoe Roux
Assistant Director: Olivia Woods
Sound Design: Rob Denton
Stage Manager: Charley Hausknost
Production Manager: Andrew Scriver
Dramaturge: Stephanie Breton
Comic Illustration: Jaclyn Turner
Graphic Design and Video: AJ Korkidakis
COVID-19 Coordinator: Lindsay Petts
Media Relations / Apprentice Artist Director: Camila Fitzgibbon
Featuring: Émilie Barrette, Anna Beaupré Moulounda, George Bekiaris, Delphine Bienvenu, Ryan Bommarito, Richard Jutras, Devon Hardy, Matt Holland, Mike Hughes, Justin Johnson, Cat Lemieux, Amir Sám Nakhjavani, Frédéric Paquet, Christine Rodriguez, France Rolland, Anne-Marie Saheb
Episode 1: Thursday, August 6th at 6:00pm
Episode 2: Sunday, August 9th at 3:00pm
Episode 3: Thursday, August 20th at 6:00pm
Episode 4: Thursday, August 27th at 6:00pm
Episode 5: Sunday, August 30th at 3:00pm
Episode 6: Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00pm
Episode 7: Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm
Episode 8: Thursday, September 17th at 6:00pm
Episode 9: Sunday, September 27th, at 3:00pm
Shows are in bilingual English/French. Each episode will only be presented once and each performance will have a duration of 5-15 minutes.
Secret location to be revealed each week via email and social media a few hours before performances. Subscribe to receive announcements at www.tableaudhote.ca.
Free admission / by donation.
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