From the same company that brought you I, Claudia, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), My Mother’s Feet and Problem Child
BeMe Theatre presents the critically acclaimed play
Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse
by Carole Fréchette
directed by Micheline Chevrier
with Rob Wyn Jones, Elisa Moolecherry, Tony Wadham
Presented in the English Language
International Press on Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse and Carole Fréchette:
...a hilarious comedy that veers from slapstick to droll. But there is another play operating simultaneously with this comedy. It is a play about the battle of creative minds to conquer despair, not to mention the negative consequences of global economics. – Paul Gessel, The Ottawa Citizen
Das glänzend gebaute Stück bietet ein beklemmendes, verzerrtes Spiegelbild unserer Welt… – Wiener Zeitung
...eine federleicht verrückte Paraphrase der Schöpfungsgeschichte … – F.A.Z.
Her theatrical universe is a bold one, her language rising to wild flights of poetry, her style ranging from gentle naturalism to outrageous surrealism. – The Globe and Mail
Location: EINSTEIN Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42, Protected content
Premiere: Wednesday, October 7th, Protected content 20:30
Performances: October 9th – 24th every night except on Sundays and Mondays
Student Matinees: 14., 16., 20., 22. October @ 11:00
Tickets: 18€ / 12€ students / 15€ groups of ten or more
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Terminally unemployed and a full time spectator of life, Simon Labrosse invents a new job for himself everyday – Emotional Stuntman, Ender of Sentences, Ego Flatterer, Easer of Consciences – in order to fill the void in his existence. The one weapon he has to fight against a system which chokes him? He’s alive! And therein lies the heart of this engaging and often hilarious play.
In Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse, Simon Labrosse invites the public to witness a few scenes from his life. His friends, Leo, the dark poet, and Nathalie, the personal development fanatic, do the best they can in their various supporting roles, while Simon shares his countless infallible plans for what he terms his reinsertion into public life. Workless for quite some time, surrounded by rising unemployment and mortgage rates, Simon gets an idea to aide him in his quest to be a participant once again in society: he will offer innovative, original services. However, although Simon guesses the needs and secret wishes of his potential clients with great accuracy, he perhaps goes too far with what he offers…
Ripe with political criticism, criticism of a political system that exists in the western world as we know it today, Seven Days in the Life of Simon Labrosse is a superbly written farce that is both laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly moving.
Nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Canada.
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Carole Fréchette, actress, playwright, critic, novelist (b in Montréal 26 July Protected content . Carole Fréchette, one of Canada’s leading women playwrights, studied acting at the National Theatre School before joining the Marxist feminist theatre collective, le Théâtre des Cuisines, in Protected content . She worked with the group on the writing and staging of plays about abortion rights (Nous aurons les enfants que nous voulons, Protected content women‘s domestic burdens (Môman travaille pas, a trop d‘ouvrage, Protected content , As-tu vu? Les maisons s‘emportent! , Protected content .
Carole Fréchette‘s play, Les Quatre Morts de Marie Protected content , won the Governor General‘s Award and the Chalmers Prize. In a burst of creativity, Carol Fréchette wrote 5 subsequent plays between Protected content 2002: La Peau d‘Élisa Protected content , Les Sept Jours de Simon Labrosse Protected content , Le Collier d‘Hélène Protected content , Jean et Béatrice Protected content Violette sur la terre Protected content .
Her international reputation has been built by productions of her work not only in Canada but France, Belgium, Switzerland, Lebanon, and Syria. For her contribution to Canadian theatre, Fréchette received the prestigious Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Protected content .
Micheline Chevrier has worked across Canada as director, dramaturg and artistic director for the past thirty years.
As a director she has worked in a variety of professional theatres ranging from major festivals to creation-based companies, from major regional theatres to theatre for young audiences. Her directorial credits include works by Molière, Sophocles, Chekhov, Virginia Woolf, Dario Fo and Edward Albee; several Canadian playwrights such as John Murrell, David Young, Colleen Murphy, Ann-Marie Macdonald and Carol Shields; as well as numerous Quebecois writers such as Michel Tremblay, Michel Marc Bouchard, Carole Fréchette, Jean-Marc Dalpé and François Archambault.
She was Associate Artistic Director at Theatre New Brunswick from Protected content 1992, Associate Dramaturg at Playwrights Workshop Montreal from Protected content 1993, and was Associate Artist at Canadian Stage in Toronto from Protected content 2004. From Protected content 2000, Ms. Chevrier was the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. She has directed and taught at the National Theatre School, Concordia University, Dalhousie University and University of Alberta to name a few. She is the recipient of several awards including Calgary’s Betty Mitchell Award, Ottawa’s Capital Critic’s Award and Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Award. She is a graduate of McGill University and of the University of Toronto’s Drama Centre.
Micheline Chevrier is happy to return to BeMe Theatre, having previously directed The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine for the company in Barcelona.
BeMe Theatre is a Munich-based professional English-language theatre company. We concentrate on producing theatre which is cutting-edge and cross-cultural, outward- and forward-looking. We use international texts, guest artists, design and developmental processes which cross borders both culturally and artistically. BeMe Theatre debuts important international contemporary work new to our audience and explores provocative ideas through the telling of stories; stories which spotlight humanity, politics, and history- the ingredients, affecting human life right in this moment; the elements, shaping and molding our modern society.
BeMe Theatre was founded in Barcelona in Protected content Elisa Moolecherry. In Protected content , she brought the solo-performance I, Claudia to the stage which was remounted in November Protected content the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in China and in Protected content the Amerika Haus and the TamS Theater in Munich with great success. In May Protected content Theatre staged the award-winning play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at the Amerika Haus, followed by the critically acclaimed plays My Mother’s Feet at the Pasinger Fabrik in Nov./Dec. Protected content Problem Child at the Einstein Kulturzentrum in March Protected content .
This production was made possible by:
Johanna Marius Languages and Intercultural Training ° Desk Sprachkurs GmbH ° Elisabeth Sommer Relocation
Munich’s English Language Theatre