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Pleiades Theatre - Found in Translation 2017/18: "Lesson in Forgetting"

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Pleiades Theatre’s “Found in Translation 2017/18 Season” wraps up later this month with Lesson in Forgetting, the translation of Emma Haché’s new play, Exercice de l’oubli, the third play selected by Artistic Director John Van Burek and Producer Andrey Tarasiuk for workshop. Haché is a young Acadian playwright who has yet to be discovered in English Canada, and beginning to make her mark in Québec. Lesson in Forgetting is translated by Taliesin McEnaney and Van Burek, and the workshop is directed by Tarasiuk. Acclaimed actors Diane D’Aquila is featured as ‘SHE’ and Geordie Johnson as ‘HE’ during the two public workshop presentations on April 21-22, 2pm, at Dancemakers in Toronto.

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Tarasiuk describes Lesson in Forgetting as, “a deeply moving story about love, memory loss and the struggles to accept the fates of circumstance.” In the play, the character, HE, has, some years ago, had a dreadful accident and since then, the only thing he can remember is how much he loves his wife. SHE is unable to break free from such a love, and despite her efforts to renew her life, remains in this limbo of devotion. Floating over the fragments of their life together is a cloud of mystery. Who was the unknown woman beside him in the car and who died in the crash? “This is an elegant poetic story that asks, what are the limits of love, and,” he adds, “when there is nothing else left, can it in fact suffice?”

Emerging translator Taliesin McEnaney found Emma Haché’s text devastatingly poetic and powerfully relevant to her: “She understands the desperate emotions that come from caring for someone whose senses and connection to the world around them is tenuous and shifting. She gives poetic voice to the groundless feeling of no longer having a memory, which people with brain injury live with to varying degrees every day. This story is at once a powerful love story and a bitter screed about the cruelty of life.”

The public is invited to RSVP with Eventbrite for the available first-come, first-serve FREE tickets to the Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2 P.M. readings at Dancemakers’ Centre for Creation, Toronto. Thanks to RBC and BMO for their support, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

Emma Haché’s Lesson in Forgetting joins Sor Juana de la Cruz’s The Trials of a Noble House, workshopped Mar 3-4, and Stéphane Brulotte’s Besbouss: Autopsy of a Revolt, workshopped Oct. 28-29, as three English-language premieres by Pleiades Theatre to receive full-length productions in Canada in the coming years. Tickets will soon be available to a May 9th fundraiser for Besbouss. For further information about Pleiades Theatre, call 416 203 1227 or visit www.pleiadestheatre.org.

Pleiades Theatre Workshop Company for Lesson in Forgetting – April 21 & 22, 2018

Cast:

Diane D’Aquila - SHE

DIANE D’AQUILA is a multiple award-winning (Gemini, Actra, Jefferson, Emery Battis Award) veteran actress and has appeared on stage and screen throughout North America. D’Aquila played Titania in the premiere production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park. Canadian Stage credits include: Nothing Sacred and St. Carmen of The Main. Other productions: Happy Place, Jitters (Soulpepper); Coriolanus (The Shakespeare Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre); Her 2 (Nightwood Theatre); The Seagull (Segal Centre), and Elizabeth Rex (Chicago Shakespeare Festival and premiered at the Stratford Festival). D’Aquila can be seen as Mrs. Quenell in the Netflix miniseries Alias Grace.

Geordie Johnson – HE

GEORDIE JOHNSON has been a stage, television, and film actor for 44 years and has worked across Canada, as well as Britain, Europe, the Middle East, the United States, and New Zealand. Theatre includes leading roles at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Neptune, Centaur, RMTC, NAC, Theatre Aquarius, GCTC, Mirvish, Tarragon, Canstage, YPT, Soulpepper, Buddies, ACT, Yale Rep, Regent's Park, Theatre Clwyd. Television and film include Acceptable Risk, Copper, Durham County, Largo Winch, Traders, Dracula; the Series, The English Patient, On the Basis of Sex. Mr. Johnson is the recipient of Gemini, Dora, and Merritt Awards.


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Emma Haché - Playwright

EMMA HACHÉ'S literary and theatrical career is marked by numerous collaborations with theatres throughout French Canada, including the Théâtre l'Escaouette, the Théâtre populaire d'Acadie, the Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur, Omnibus, the Théâtre des Amis de Chiffons, the Trunk Collectif, and the National Arts Center, where she was writer-in-residence under Wajdi Mouawad. She has received numerous literary awards for her work, including the 2002 Prix Richelieu Jeunesse Award, two Éloïzes Awards, the Gratien-Gélinas Foundation's Creation Grant in 2003, and the Prix Bernard-Cyr for the advancement of francophone theatre in Canada. Her play L’intimitée was awarded the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award, and Trafiquée, and Exercice de l’oubli were also finalists in 2010 and 2017 respectively. She is a member of the Center des Auteurs Dramatiques and her work is published by Lansman Editions. Photo by Shin Sugino.

Taliesin McEnaney – Co-Translator and Associate Producer

TALIESIN MCENANEY is an emerging translator. She works in English and French as a director, dramaturg, producer, performer, and teacher. Much of her career has been devoted to creating new works with an approach informed by the Repère method of devising, object theatre, clown, corporeal mime and the melodramatic body. Her work has toured internationally in Europe, Mexico, the US and Canada. In Las Vegas, she was Producing Director at Cockroach Theatre, directing The Lyons and Stage Kiss. In Toronto, she wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning Fringe hit Brain Storm, directed a reading of the Franco-Ontarian play, Toile, at Summerworks, and directed Assist Ed at Theatre Passe Muraille. She is a graduate of Generators’ Artist-Producer Program, the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and has her MFA in Directing/Creation from York University. Currently Taliesin is Dramaturg and Associate Artist at Canadian Stage.

John Van Burek – Co-Translator and Artistic Director

JOHN VAN BUREK has directed well over 100 productions, including plays, operas and special events, and he has translated over 50 plays. He was the founding Artistic Director of Théâtre Français de Toronto, which he ran for close to twenty years and through his translations, many in partnership with the late Bill Glassco, he introduced the work of Michel Tremblay, one of Canada’s preeminent playwrights, to the English-speaking world. In addition, he has translated works by Gratien Gélinas, Carlo Goldoni, Suzanne Lebeau, Marivaux, Molière and Carl Sternheim. John has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada, York University, Ryerson Theatre School, the Nottingham School of the Performing Arts (U.K.), University of Victoria and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has received many awards and distinctions, including the Toronto Drama Bench Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and more recently, he was given the prestigious Silver Ticket Award by the Toronto Association of Performing Arts.

Andrey Tarasiuk – Director and Producer

ANDREY TARASIUK, a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the National Theatre School of Canada, has been associated with almost every major theatre in this country. He was the founding Producer of The Dream in High Park, and the director of many radio dramas with CBC-Radio Canada. He has been a guest director, instructor and lecturer at NTS, The University of Winnipeg and the NAC among others. As Artistic Producer for Theatre Direct Canada, he worked with such authors as Anne Chislett, Tomson Highway and Joan MacLeod in the creation of new dramas for young audiences. At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where he was Associate Artistic Director and Head of New Play Development for eight seasons, Mr. Tarasiuk also directed a number of productions including James Reaney’s The Donnellys: Sticks & Stones, Anne Chislett’s Quiet in the Land, and the world premiere of Anton Piatigorsky’s Eternal Hydra. He is a recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including both the Derek. F. Mitchell Artistic Director’s Award, the Tyrone Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival, and is co-recipient of the Kobzar Literary Award for the play Luba, Simply Luba.

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