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Avon Theatre
Monday, November 4
8:00 pm

Chilina Kennedy, who played Maria in West Side Story, Evita in Evita and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival before moving to Broadway to star as Carole King in Beautiful, returns to Stratford for one night only for this concert version of Leslie Arden’s award-winning musical. Bertrande, a peasant woman in 16th-century France, suffers eight years of abusive marriage to Martin Guerre, only to be abandoned with their infant son. Years later, a stranger arrives, claiming to be Martin – completely transformed. Though Bertrande accepts her new loving husband, their happiness is threatened by the jealousy and greed of others. Set in the tumultuous times when the strict doctrines of the Middle Ages were finally giving way to the freer thought of the early modern period, this story, based on true events, epitomizes the personal and social costs of breaking boundaries. Chilina Kennedy is joined on stage by members of the 2019 Stratford Festival company.

Directed by Richard Ouzounian

Starring CHILINA KENNEDY as Bertrande

ADAM BRAZIER as Arnaud de Tilh

Gabriel Antonacci Soldier

Sean Arbuckle Jean de Coras

Lally Cadeau Narrator

Juan Chioran Pierre Guerre

Camille Eanga-Selenge Suzanne

Gabi Epstein Marie

Henry Firmston Martin Guerre

Evangelia Kambites Villager

Monique Lund Bernarde de Rols

Denise Oucharek Jehannot's Wife

Trevor Patt Jean Peghula

Hutton Patterson Little Sanxi

Jennifer Rider-Shaw Jeannette

Steve Ross Jehannot, François Ferrière

Vanessa Sears Catherine

Music Directors Laura Burton, Charlene Nafziger

Support for the Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

Funded in part by the Government of Ontario

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