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Everybody’s Welles
March 2006

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre & Théâtre PàP
present


Everybdoy’s Welles
By Patrice Dubois and Martin Labrecque
Directed by Patrice Dubois
Translated by Maureen LaBonté


March 5-19, 2006

English Language Premiere!
2005 Masque Award Winner, “Best Production in Montreal”!


MONTREAL February, 2006 – Artistic Director Bryna Wasserman warmly welcomes Théâtre PàP, (Claude Poissant, genereal manager & artistic director) for the English Language premiere of the award-winning play, Everybody’s Welles.

Everybody’s Welles is a multi-media, solo performance by co-writer/director, Patrice Dubuis, about a meek Quebecois film scholar whose life and career are altered by his experience of Welles’s films. It is a piece of theatre that takes up the recurring themes in Welles’s life and oeuvre, notably the student/teacher relationship and the search for one’s individual identity within greater society. One could also say that this production draws a portrait of American society from 1915, the year of Welles’s birth, until today. Everybody’s Welles does not pretend to be a definite biography of Orson Welles but rather a theatre docudrama, an evocative homage to Welles where fact and fiction blur.

Co-creators Dubois and Labrecque: ”We are actor and lighting designer, respectively. And even though our approaches to playwrighting and views of Welles may vary, our different crafts are complementary. Simply stated, producing this theatrical piece required us to become, in a way, “Wellesian” with Welles: That is to say, multi-faceted, politicized, highly artistic and most importantly, impassioned.”

Everybody’s Welles pour tous was created by Théâtre PàP in 2003, at Espace GO. The show was invited to the 21th edition of Francophonies, in Limousin, in 2004, before undertaking a tour throughout Quebec.

Théâtre PàP has been the resident company at Théâtre Espace GO, in Montréal, for eleven years where it produces an average of two shows per season. It also organizes tours. Since its founding in 1978, has consistently pursued its mission of promoting the works of new playwrights and creating shows where the artists (playwrights, directors, actors, designers) are invited to join forces and invent a form of theatre that is always renewing itself.

Patrice Dubois founded Le Groupe Audubon, which focuses on the works of Boris Vian and pataphysics. He is co-director of Janvier Toupin Théâtre d’Envergure. He has directed several productions, including Betty à la plage, presented in 2004 at La Licorne and, most recently, Le songe d’une nuit d’été, with the graduates of the École de théâtre de St-Hyacinthe. He is a 1993 graduate of the theatre program at the Cégep de St-Hyacinthe. For the past four years, he has played the role of Victor Dubé in the series Les Poupées Russes, broadcast on the TVA network

Martin Labrecque is a two-time Masque Award winning Lighting Designer. In 2005-2006, he designed the lighting for the Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca. He started off the year 2006 by designing the lighting for the Le Malade imaginaire, by Molière, at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. He graduated from the theatre program at Collège Lionel-Groulx, design section, in 1994.

The original design team of this award-winning production will be returning for this production at The Segal Theatre: Set and props designer, Olivier Landreville; Costume Designer, Caroline Poirier; Lighting Designer, Martin Labrecque; Sound design; Larsen Lupin; Assistant director/stage manager, Catherine La Frenière. Patrice Dubois is Assisted on stage by The Shadow, Stéphane Franche.

88.5 CBC Radio One presents Sunday-@-the-Saidye
Join us for another exciting season of intimate conversations and riveting lectures as CBC Radio One hosts a round table discussion on the English Language Premiere of Everybody’s Welles and the legendary filmmaker who inspired its creation.

Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada
As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal. Combined with lower rates for this evening, Monday night performances have become an outstanding package that true theatre buffs cannot resist.

The English language adaptation of Everybody's Welles was made possible with assistance from the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and with the financial support of the Government of Canada trough the Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official Language Communities (IPOLC), an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Tickets and Media Information

Previews: March 5, 1:30 pm
March 6, 7, 8 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Saidye: March 5, 11:00 am

Opening Night: Thurday, March 9, 8:00pm

Run: March 5-19, 2006

Performances:
Monday-Thursday, 8:00pm
Saturday, 8:30
Sunday, 7:00 pm
Matinées: Wednesdays, 1:00pm / Sundays, 2:00 pm

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