TRAVESTIES By Tom StoppardBY Tom Stoppard
DIRECTED BY Jacob Tierney
SET DESIGN Pierre-Étienne Locas
LIGHTING DESIGN Nicolas Descoteaux
COSTUME DESIGN Louise Bourret
COMPOSER Dmitri Marine
STAGE MANAGER Melanie St. Jacques
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Rachel Dawn Woods
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Kristen “Birdie” Gregor
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CRITICAL ACCLAIMWINNER OF A TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY!
"A remarkable play[…] Illuminating, dazzling" - The New York Times
"Blazing with wit, exhilaratingly, diabolically clever" - Time
"Radiates sheer intellectual joie de vivre " - The Guardian
He knew them all! Or so he seems to recall...Running time: 2 hours and fifteen minutes plus an intermission
It’s 1917, the height of the Great War. In Zurich, Switzerland, a neutral country and unwitting magnet to all sorts of writers and revolutionaries, Famous Irish writer, James Joyce, is composing his ground-breaking tome, Ulysses; poet Tristan Tzara is rebelliously forming the anti-art movement known as Dadaism; and revolutionary Vladimir Lenin is restlessly plotting his return to Russia. And Henry Carr, of the British Consular Service, knew them all! Or so he seems to recall... In Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning comedic masterpiece, Carr transports us back to 1917 and his brushes with greatness, including an invitation by James Joyce to play the lead in the English Players’ inaugural production of The Importance of Being Earnest, a play that will increasingly crowd in on Carr's already unreliable memory. A dazzling exploration of art, philosophy and politics that is as smart as it is riotously funny!
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ENRICHING TALKSSunday@theSegal: “Committing Travesties” – A Discussion with Professor Andre Furlani (English, Concordia University): April 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Class Act Theatre Club: April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday Night Talkbacks: April 20 & 27
LEARN MORE! A TRAVESTIES AUDIENCE GUIDE“TO BE NATURAL IS SUCH A VERY DIFFICULT POSE TO KEEP UP.”
- Oscar Wilde Travesties is a play constructed on the dramatic form of Irish writer Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the most beloved and wittiest plays in the English language theatre canon. The play premiered on February 14, 1895 in London, England.
In the play, friends Algernon Moncrieff and John Worthing discover that they have both been practicing elaborate deceptions to dodge unwanted social responsibilities. Algernon has been using an invented invalid friend in the country, dubbed Bunbury, to call him away when needed, and John, (who has always been known as Ernest in the city) has been living a double-life in the country, where he goes by the name of Jack and oversees the care of his niece, Cecily. When John proposes marriage to the long-admired Gwendolen (Algernon's cousin), and Algernon tries to woo newly-discovered niece, Cecily, the men must contend with an identity crisis of the highest order: both women inexplicably love them as they believe their names to be “Ernest.”
The real Henry Carr did indeed appear in a production of Earnest at the invitation of the real Joyce, and there was in fact a real court battle between the two men over a disagreement about monies owed. This tidbit of trivia, as well as Zurich's hotbed of intellectual and artistic activity during WWI, inspired Tom Stoppard to write (and commit) Travesties.
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