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August 8 – October 28 |
Opens August 25
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LES BELLES-SOEURS


Michel Tremblay

Translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco

Directed by Esther Jun


After 32 years, Michel Tremblay's masterpiece, which revolutionized Québécois theatre and is renowned the world over, returns to Stratford on the Festival Stage. Written in 1965, Les Belles-Soeurs portrays 15 Québécois women expressing their anger, desperation and frustration loudly, rudely and audaciously. Germaine Lauzon has won a million stamps in a contest. She invites her family and neighbours into her kitchen to help paste them into booklets. Fighting for any power in their suffocating lives, the women yell, backstab, dream and steal in grand theatrical style.


Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska, by Cathy & Paul Cotton, by Jane Fryman Laird, by Dr. Robert J. & Roberta Sokol and by Jack Whiteside.

Support for the 2023 season of the Festival Theatre is generously provided by Daniel Bernstein & Claire Foerster.

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CAST & CREATIVE

    Seana McKenna
    Rose Ouimet

    2023: Rose Ouimet in Les Belles-Soeurs. 30th season. Ms McKenna was thrilled to be in the new Tom Patterson Theatre's inaugural company in 2022. At the old TPT, she spoke her first professional Shakespeare as Helena in 1982, and took the theatre's last bow as the Madwoman of Chaillot. She worked with both her husband Miles and son Callan Potter there. Her TPT roles include Richard III, Medea, Mother Courage, Queens Elizabeth and Margaret, Phèdre, Constance, Hannah Jelkes, Lady Torrance, Andromache, Klytemestra, Fraülein Doctor Mathilde von Zahnd, Ella Rentheim and Anne Driver in Good Mother. Recently, she directed the première of The Wonder of it All (Here for Now/Lighthouse Theatre) and appeared in the première of Yaga (Tarragon), The Penelopiad (Grand) and as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (The Shakespeare Company). In 2019, she was invested into the Order of Canada.

     

    Lucy Peacock
    Germaine Lauzon

    2023: Germaine Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs and Herman's Mother in Wedding Band. 36th season. Stratford: Over 80 productions including the stories of Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth, and Satan. Also: Three Tall Women, Bakkhai, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Private Lives, The Beaux Stratagem, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead and Late Night with Lucy. Training: The National Theatre School and the grace and wisdom of all the extraordinary artists, colleagues and conspirators over the years. Et cetera: I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to journey through these wonderful stories at the Festival and across the country, and Forever Blessed by the Real Story, my husband Christopher and our Harri and Ben.

     

    Bola Aiyeola
    Des-Neiges Verrette

    (she/her)

    2023: Des-Neiges Verrette in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. Second season. Stratford: Death and the King's Horseman, Hamlet. Elsewhere: Fatima in The Container (SummerWorks); Petra in Petra (Theatre Direct); UK: Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (Royal Exchange Manchester); Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds); Jack in The Man in the Moon, Balthasar/Friar Frances in Much Ado About Nothing (The Everymans' Theatre, Liverpool). Film/TV: Clarice (CBS), The Expanse (Syfy), Coroner (CW), Damien (A&E), Lucky Day (feature), 'Da Kink in my Hair (Global), Crown Prosecutor (BBC TV, UK). Radio/Recordings: Miseyi in The Beatification of Area Boy (BBC Radio); First Girl in Blood Wedding (BBC Radio); Alaba in Memories of a Distant Past (BBC Radio); Woman in Death and the King's Horseman (BBC Radio). Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts London, UK. Online: @bolaaiyeolaowens imdb.com/name/nm2416924.

     

    Diana Leblanc
    Olivine Dubuc

    2023: Olivine Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs. 16th season. Stratford: Acting: Dowager Duchess (Richard III), Katharine (Henry V, 1966, 1980), Hero (Much Ado…), Lady Grey (Henry VI), Birdie (The Little Foxes), Mabel O' Neill (The Measure of Love). Directing: Three Tall Women, Taking Shakespeare, Long Day's Journey…, Sweet Bird of Youth, Death of a Salesman, Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, The Seagull, Ghosts, A Delicate Balance. Assistant director to Robin Phillips (Young Company, 1987). Elsewhere: First acting company, Neptune Theatre. Artistic Director, Théâtre français de Toronto where she acted in and directed Anouilh, Marivaux, Molière, Tremblay. Founding member, actor/director, Soulpepper. Opera: Director, Canada and Amsterdam. Training: Inaugural class of National Theatre School. Awards include: Prix Alliance Française; Genie Award: Albertine in Michel Tremblay's La Maison Suspendue; Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (2015).

     

    Jane Luk
    Gabrielle Jodoin

    (she/her)

    2023: Gabrielle Jodoin in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Lab Ensemble, Salesman in China. Elsewhere: Umma in Kim's Convenience (Thousand Islands Playhouse, Soulpepper Tour), Quin in Hands Down!, Lucy in INTO (Toronto Fringe), Ensemble in Tout Comme Elle (Luminato). Film/TV/Radio: Handmaid's Tale, Accused, Murdoch Mysteries, series lead in Streams Flow from a River, Chateau Laurier, Just a Friend (Short), guest appearance in Kim's Convenience (CBC), Creator/Lead in How to be more Chinese (Short). Voiceover: Animation regular (Rosie's Rules, Abby Hatcher, Unicorn Academy, Magic School Bus, Deus EX: Human Revolution). Awards: Dora Award - i.d. (Canadian Stage). Online: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0525476/. Et cetera: So grateful to the strong women and supporting men in my life that I may play on this stage today. For you, Dad.

    Irene Poole
    Theres Dubuc

    2023: Therese Dubuc in Les Belles-Soeurs and understudy in Wedding Band. 10th season. Stratford: Marmee in Little Women, Interpreter in All's Well…, Katherine in Henry VIII, Catalina in Mother's Daughter, Jean Louise in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Breath of Kings, Kate in The Little Years, Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, Olga in Three Sisters. Elsewhere:Happy Place, The Gigli Concert (Soulpepper); How Do I Love Thee? (Canadian Rep); The Bakelite Masterpiece, The Little Years (Tarragon); Manon, Sandra and the Virgin Mary (Buddies…); The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, The Age of Arousal (Dora Award, Factory Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award, Birdland). Film/TV:Frankie Drake (CBC); Salvation, Indian Horse (Elevation Pictures); Cardinal, Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle, Carrie (MGM); Breakout Kings.

    Shannon Taylor
    Marie-Ange Brouillette

    Birmingham Conservatory 2014

    2023: Goneril in King Lear and Marie-Ange Brouillette in Les Belles-Soeurs. Seventh season. Stratford: Mary, Queen Elizabeth I (I Am William), Mary (Mother's Daughter), Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Lady Teazle (The School for Scandal), Viola (Shakespeare in Love), Angélique (The Hypochondriac), Margot Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank), Oedipus Rex, She Stoops to Conquer, The Sound of Music, Inherit the Wind. Elsewhere (selected):Uncle Vanya (Crow's Theatre); Room (Mirvish/Grand Theatre); A Doll's House (RMTC); King Charles III (Mirvish/Studio 180); The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper); Pride and Prejudice (NAC/Theatre Calgary); The Jones Boy (Surface/Underground); Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Little Women: The Musical (Citadel Theatre). Film/TV:Don't Hang Up, Private Eyes, Mayday. Training: Birmingham Conservatory; Ryerson Theatre School (BFA). Awards: Mary Savidge Award; Dora nomination for Outstanding Performance. Et cetera: Thank you for supporting live theatre.

     

    Joella Crichton
    Yvette Longpre

    2023: Lula Green in Wedding Band and Yvette Longpre in Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Training: BFA Acting, York University. Awards: 9-time Winner Toronto Queen of Carnival. Et cetera: Endless gratitude. What a gift this all is. Dreams do come true. To Mom, Mischka and Sandy, thanks, truly, for everything. Solomon, I think of you always, I carry you everywhere with me. I know what love is because of you. To my Mathew, SAME. Special thanks to my agent Alicia, I appreciate you. Cheers to all at the Stratford Festival, can't thank you enough. Spread kindness wherever you go, it grows and it feels good. Online: @joellacrichton

    Allison Edwards-Crewe
    Pierrette Guerin

    2023: Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Pierrette Guerin in Les Belles-Soeurs and appears in King Lear. Second season. Stratford: Jo March in Little Women, Diana in All's Well That Ends Well. Elsewhere:Serving Elizabeth (Western Canada Theatre); The Color Purple (Citadel and MTC); School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian and Nightwood); How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Citadel); Girls Like That (Tarragon); 'Da Kink in My Hair (Theatre Calgary and NAC); Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Film/TV:The Handmaid's Tale (MGM/Hulu), Surviving Evil (Cineflix), Black Actress (JungleWild). Audio Drama:Every Minute of Every Day (Factory Theatre), Liming (Expect Theatre). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance - Sheridan College. Awards: Dora and Toronto Critics Award for School Girls.... Et cetera: I am so grateful for my amazing family, friends and Monika Thomas for their ENDLESS love and support. @alllisonec.

    Ijeoma Emesowum
    Linda Lauzon

    Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16

    2023: Mattie in Wedding Band, Linda Lauzon in Les Belles-Soeurs, and understudy in Much Ado About Nothing. Eighth season. Stratford (selected): Guildenstern in Hamlet, Co-host of Showstarters, Tituba in The Crucible, Death and the King's Horseman, The Neverending Story, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Hay Fever. Elsewhere: Death and the King's Horseman Radio Play (Soulpepper); Romeo & Juliet (Spontaneous Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); five seasons with Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Serious Money, Ragtime, Born Yesterday; Binti's Journey (Theatre Direct); The Aftermath (Nightwood Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Hamlet (2022), Death and the King's Horseman, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, Macbeth, Timon of Athens (Stratford Festival on Film). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; BFA, University of Windsor. Et cetera: All for the love of Jake and Z.

    Liza Huget
    Understudy

    (she/her)

    2023: Fanny Johnson in Wedding Band and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Stratford debut. Selected Theatre: Magi in Harlem Duet (Bard on the Beach); Inez in No Exit (Realwheels Theatre); Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Seven Tyrants Theatre). Television credits include: recurring roles on Motherland: Fort Salem, Mysterious Benedict Society and LostOllie. Leo Nominated performance as Nina in Ruby (Lifetime). Formal theatre training completed at Studio 58, attended the National Voice Intensive and trained with Richard Armstrong in voice at the Banff Centre. Liza has toured internationally as a vocalist, is also an Expressive Art Therapist, and a certified Life coach. She is an executive board member of UBCP/ACTRA and Chair of their Mental Health and Addiction Committee.

    Marissa Orjalo
    Lise Paquette

    2023: Lise Paquette in Les Belles-Soeurs and appears in King Lear. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Nina in Lucky by Marie Barlizo (rEvolver); Charlie in Ping by Aaron Jan (Tarragon, workshop); Hermia in A (Musical) Midsummer Night's Dream (Driftwood Theatre); Lucky in FEARLESS by David Yee (fu-GEN Theatre); Olivia in Twelfth Night (Theatre Erindale); Sabrina Daldry in In the Next Room(Or the Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV:Be Mine, 13: The Musical, Titans season 4, Daughter Dearest. Playwriting:twice blessed (fu-GEN Theatre); collective writer for Pedestal Pinays (Carlos Bulosan Theatre). Training: Master of Arts from CDTPS at the University of Toronto, Theatre & Drama Studies with the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Awards: The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Award for Theatre Research. Online:www.marissaorjalo.com @MarissaOrjalo.

    Antonette Rudder
    Understudy
    2023: Julia Augustine in Wedding Band and understudy in Les Belles-Soeurs. Third season.Stratford: Chorus in Hamlet-911, understudy in Every Little Nookie, Angela in Here's What It Takes (workshop); Swing in Little Shop of Horrors. Elsewhere (selected): Princess Buttercup in Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Lorraine in All Shook Up (Drayton Festival); Soul Sistas (Mayfield); Mamma Mia! (Theatre Aquarius/WCT); Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Film/TV: In The Dark, Take Note, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Hot Zone: Anthrax, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's do the time warp again, People of Earth, Surviving Evil. Training: St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre. Online: @Toni_Rudd.
    Tara Sky
    Ginette Ménard

    (they/she)

    2023: Cordelia in King Lear and Ginette Menard in Les Belles-Soeurs. Third season. Stratford: Beth Summers in 1939. Elsewhere: Christine in Where the Blood Mixes (Soulpepper); Ensemble in Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre); Celeste in Think of the Children, Ensemble in Serious Money, Joan and Jennifer in 7 Stories, Ensemble in We came from dust, Banquo and Lady Macduff in Macbeth (NTS); Young Grete in Holy Mothers (SummerWorks); Angel in Nativity (NAC). Film/TV: Delivery, The River You Step In, Ruby Sky P.I. Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Etobicoke School of the Arts. Instagram: @tara.kitty.sky, @taraskybeads. Et cetera: Thank you, ʼanálhzaqʷ, to the trail blazers who paved the way for me to be on stages like this one.

    Esther Jun
    Director

    Esther Jun (she/her) Langham Directors' Workshop, 2016

    2022: Director of Les Belles-Soeurs and Artistic Associate, Planning, and Director of the Langham Directors' Workshop for the Stratford Festival. Fifth season. Stratford: Director: Little Women, I Am William. Assistant director: John Gabriel Borkman, Richard III (2020). Elsewhere: Director: Between a Wok and a Hotpot (Cahoots); The Great Leap (Cleveland Playhouse); Kim's Convenience (TIP); Planet Munsch (George Brown); Pal JoeyThe GamblersAmadeus (Talk Is Free); The Promised Land (Soulpepper); The Omnibus Bill (Counterpoint Players); TheoryGirls Like That (Tarragon); The Private Life Cabaret (Theatre ARTaud); The Last Wife (Belfry, GCTC); Rococo (Shaw); Bremen Rock City (Song Trolley Productions); Cowboy MouthTrout Stanley (Heart In Hand); Yellow Face (Hart House); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (DeusXM). Training: B.A.H. Directing, Drama Centre London. Et cetera: Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon (2016-2018); Co-Founder of Directors Lab North. Love and gratitude to my dearest friends and family, especially Mike, Lola, the kitties and Frida.

    Michelle Bohn
    Costume Designer

    (she/her)

    2023: Costume designer of King Lear and Les Belles-Soeurs. Seventh season. Stratford: Hamlet, All's Well That Ends Well; I Am William (co-designer); HMS Pinafore (associate costume designer). Off-Broadway: Costume designer: A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company). Designer: Richard III, King Lear, Macbeth (New York Classical Theatre); Orpheus (Next Wave Festival). Off-Off-Broadway: Costume designer: Displaced Wedding (New Worlds Theatre). Selected Regional: Costume designer: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); New (RMTC, Canadian Stage); Jukebox Hero (Mirvish); Measure for Measure (Canadian Stage); Theory (Tarragon); The Nether, Between Riverside & Crazy (Coal Mine); The New Canadian Curling Club (Blyth Festival); Amadeus, The Gamblers (Talk is Free); The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Kimberly Akimbo (SouthernRep). Designer: Could I Have This Dance? (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium); Pleasureville (The Guild). Film/TV: Save Me, For the Record (CBC Gem); NOLA; The Red Thunder (short); Good Sister (short). Online: michellebohndesign.com.

     

    Louise Guinand
    Lighting Designer
    2023: Lighting designer of Les Belles-Soeurs and Casey and Diana. 37th season. Stratford: Over 70 productions including All's Well That Ends Well, 1939, Edward Albee's Three Tall Women, Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, All My Sons. Ms. Guinand is delighted to be designing at Stratford. Elsewhere: Ms. Guinand has designed lights for over 550 shows across Canada and the United States. Recent productions include Post-Democracy (Tarragon); Into the Woods (Grand); Charley's Aunt, Rope (Shaw); Cinderella, I Call Myself Princess (Globe); Pinocchio (YPT). Training: A graduate of Queen's University and the National Theatre School. Awards: One Dora Award. Multiple award nominations across Canada. Louise was the recipient of the 2018 Bradley Garrick Guthrie Award. Affiliation: Member of ADC659. Other: Louise is within seven Shakespeares of achieving her desire to light the entire Shakespearean canon.
    Maddie Bautista
    Composer and Sound Designer
    2023: Composer and sound designer of Les Belles-Soeurs. Second season. Stratford: Sound designer of I Am William. Elsewhere: The First Stone (New Harlem Productions & GCTC); Kim's Convenience (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Lucky (rEvolver Festival 2022); 1184 (Phoenix Arts & Aga Khan Museum); TOKA (Theatre Passe Muraille); White Girls in Moccasins (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Original Work: Kersey Kamayan Gets Woke (fu-GEN Theatre); 4inXchange (xLq); Love You Wrong Time (Bad Muse Collective). Residencies/Training: NoteWorthy 2021 (The Musical Stage Company & Prime Mover Theatre); Humber College, Theatre Performance. Awards: Dora nomination for Eraser (RISER 2019); nominated for the 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award; recipient of the inaugural Walk the Walk Commission 2018. Online: maddiebautista.com, @bautistamaddie. Et cetera: For Ma, Pa, Anya, Douie, and John.

     

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