A Bold New direction!
Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) is pleased to announce the 7 productions that will make up its 2016/17 season. This is the final season programmed by Guy Mignault (who will step down in June 2016 after 19 years as Artistic Director) and will be overseen by Joël Beddows, incoming Artistic Director.
The season begins with the highly anticipated return of renowned First Nations’ author, Tomson Highway, to the Toronto stage. The famed composer and pianist will present his latest play Zesty Gopher s’est fait écraser par un frigo, also known as The (Post) Mistress for the first time in the Queen City. Co-produced with Pleiades Theatre and directed by John Van Burek, it stars the wonderful Patricia Cano and Highway himself on piano! The show will be performed in French from October 12 to 23 (surtitled in English) and in English from October 25 to November 6, 2016 (surtitled in French).
Another historic co-production will punctuate the 16/17 season. This time Canadian Stage and TfT will team up to co-produce Cinq visages pour Évelyne Frost (Five Faces for Évelyne Frost) by Guillaume Corbeil in a new production directed by Claude Poissant. A new original work exploring the harms of social media, the play spoke directly to the hearts of both artistic directors, Matthew Jocelyn and Guy Mignault, who decided to present this work to Toronto audiences. Again, the show will be presented in both languages: from February 14 to March 5, 2017, in English; and from March 21 to 25 in French (with English surtitles).
Also this season at TfT: the company with present the fifth installment of its successful series Les Zinspirés Cinq sur Cinq, written by aspiring young authors and directed by Chanda LeGroux Gibson. Through this project, TfT continues to give a voice to the next generation of creators.
In December, the company will present Un vent se lève qui éparpille (Scattered in a Rising Wind), the stage adaptation of the celebrated Jean Marc Dalpé novel that received the Governor General’s Award in 2000. The same month, the show for young audiences will head to an exotic destination and on a thrilling adventure in L’île au trésor (Treasure Island). In 2017, free speech will take center stage in #PigeonsAffamé (#StarvingPigeons), a hard-hitting, multifaceted musical performance, before the free spirited Dom Juan by Molière makes his appearance in the season’s closing show— the first production directed by Joël Beddows as a the company’s artist in residence.
TfT offers even more flexible subscription packages: Buy 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or even 8 discounted season tickets. NEW: You can use two tickets per show and come to the theatre with a guest. And if you are an artist or are under 30, you can use up to four tickets per show!
The prices range from $75 for artists, arts workers, and under 30s to $282 for 8 adult tickets.
Given the success of surtitled productions, TfT continues to offer them Wednesdays (or Thursdays when the show is not performed on Wednesdays), Fridays, and Saturdays. Talk-Backs: These discussions between artists and audiences are a unique way to exchange opinions on the play. They take play on Wednesdays or Thursdays after performances.