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current Production : CLEAN SLATE

Lyne Paquette, Artistic and Executive Director.

Hi! 2018 started off with a tour of our 2016 play Me and You. I am proud to announce Talisman’s next production will be Clean Slate by Catherine Chabot, translated by Jennie Herbin, directed by Leslie Baker.

L-R: Catherine Chabot, Playwright; Jennie Herbin, Translator; Maureen Labonté, Translation dramaturg; Leslie Baker, Director.

Six friends gather at a site of their shared childhood: They drink, they laugh, but most importantly, they admit things they’ve never before had the courage to say. In a time where the heroes of the past exist less and less, the young women must support each other as they independently become the heroes they need. Inspired by the seemingly incomprehensible decision of their friend, the girls make a pact to shed their traumas and bad habits and start afresh. With the honesty and intimacy of a death bed, Clean Slate allows the audience to eavesdrop on a brave, messy, and above all authentic portrait of millennial sisterhood.

This translation is commissioned and developed by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Cole Foundation Emerging Translator program.

Talisman Theatre News :

Also, in translation…

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I'm happy to announce that we have two new plays in translation Midnight (Minuit) by Marie-Hélène Larose Truchon translated by Alexis Diamond with translation Dramaturg Linda Gaboriau and Wildfire (Le brasier) by David Paquet translated by Leanna Brodie. In Midnight, Quebecois issues surrounding reasonable accommodation are given allegorical meaning and life against a dystopian backdrop. It is a love song to an endangered civilization. Wildfire is a comedy as fiercely dark as any Greek tragedy, a multi-generational drama, a triptych that follows different characters, all subject to the weight of a haunting family history.

Me and You tours!

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Thanks to CAM en tournée and the Cole Foundation, Talisman Theatre toured four (4) burroughs of the Island of Montreal. LWe shared this tale of intercultural integration with 400 new audience members including 113 students, and played to a full house at the new NDG maison de la culture (Salle Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck) on Monkland.

Talisman welcomes a new Board Member:

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We are happy to welcome Ada Sinacore to the Board of Directors.Ada is the Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies Program in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, the Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab, and an Associate Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill University. Dr. Sinacore has over 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and has received numerous honours and awards. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and received the Distinguished Member Award from the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Most recently, she received the Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching at the 2017 Convocation.

Me and You and Journées de la culture

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In partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada for the Journées de la Culture on Sunday October 1st at the Monument National, Arianna Bardesono will discuss the process of directing Kathleen Staveert and Mirian Katrib in the play Me and You. The two actresses will also read excerpts from the play.

Support English-Language Theatre in Montreal

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We are very proud to be launching our 10th anniversary fundraising campaign under the guidance of Talisman’s new advisory board of distinguished Montrealers. The three members are Laurent Lapierre, former executive committee member and Canada Council for the Arts and current Holder of the Pierre-Péladeau Chair of leadership and professor at HEC Montréal; Tammy Lee, former programme director at Phi Centre and founder of Culture Creates; and Robert Spickler, co-founder and co-director of Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui and who has had important roles in the educational and cultural field for more than 35 years.

Talisman welcomes a new Board Member

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We are happy to welcome Eleonor Dumouchel to the Board of Directors. Eleanor is an art historian, writer, and musician from Montreal. She completed her MA in Art History at Concordia University in 2015.

Polishing the script:

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At the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, writer and director of the award winning film Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, Denis Côté (standing), chats with Michael Mackenzie, director of Talisman’s stage version of Vic and Flo Saw a Bear that will be premiering at the Centaur this fall.

past productions

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What the media say about us

  • The Link : "Tamiko Manning puts on a stunning performance as Vic, perfectly capturing the personality and mannerisms of a jaded ex-convict who is terrified of the outside world and who loves her partner."--Jillian Reynolds
  • Le Culte : "The four actors managed to bring intense emotions through their superb talent, not to mention the sound effects and visuals that brought their share of success to the play."--Sandrine Vieira
  • : "This intimate thriller, original and sylvan, leaves a strong impression and contains sublime parts of shadows and lights to discover."--Nathalie Lessard
  • : "I must admit that the leisurely artistic pace of the first third of Vic And Flo seemed somewhat achingly slow, but it was paced beautifully to match the unfolding developments."--Byron Toben
  • Nevro'sArts : "In his adapatation, Michael Mackenzie has not only translated the text well, but also captured the ambivalent atmosphere that is so characteristic of Côté`s work."--Jonathan Duchesne

Available for touring :

Me and You

Actors : 2.

The main themes of Me and You are integration, intercultural friendship, multiple identities, the need to be Quebecois, love, uprooting, and arrival in a new country, Quebec ...

Me and You is written by Pascal Brullemans and Talia Hallmona who were awarded the Louise-LaHaye prize for Moi et l’Autre. This award recognizes the excellence of a play for young audiences.

To download the technical requirements, click here.

For more information or a copy of the full-length DVD, please contact Lyne Paquette at 514 846 0402.

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Lyne Paquette, Artistic and Executive Director.


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