“All the pleasure of love subsists in change.”
The notorious rebellious rake, hungry for carnal pleasure and denouncer of hypocrisy!
From May 10 to 28, 2017, Théâtre français de Toronto presents Dom Juan; the original version of the Molière classic directed by Joël Beddows and presented at the Berkeley Street Theatre with English surtitles Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The May 25 performance is part of the Fundraising Gala which will conclude with a reception at the Thompson Landry Gallery.
Rebellious rake. Inveterate skirt-chaser. Dom Juan doesn’t want to be a son. He doesn’t want to be a spouse. He doesn’t want to be a master. He doesn’t want to be a hypocrite. Dom Juan wants to be free to seduce women non-stop — and especially — without limits, without worrying about the consequences. But can one really run through conquest after conquest without ever having to pay the heavy price of judgement?
Irreverent and diabolical, the show is carried by the talented Pierre Simpson in the title role, Marcelo Arroyo, Lina Blais, Sophie Goulet, Christian Laurin, and Nicolas Van Burek. Sets are designed by Melanie McNeill; lighting, Michael Brunet; costumes, Nina Okens; and soundscape, Venessa Lachance.
A classical work, the play — very controversial at its time — is as contemporary as ever in its exploration of impossible utopias: absolute pleasure and instant gratification devoid of moral obligation. Perhaps embodying universal desires himself — repressed, perverse desires — Dom Juan remains a complex and ambiguous character who manipulates his world without remorse, particularly regarding his manservant, Sganarelle, with whom the relationship of dominance but also admiration reflects our own unhealthy attraction towards absolutists. Rearranging the rules of this carnival game, award-winning director Joël Beddows, in his directorial debut as TfT’s artistic director, plunges us into a world at the crossroads of zany comedy, debauchery, and the search for a more mythical than human figure — offering an examination of our society through the ages — asking the question: who is the culprit? The tyrant or his admirer?
TfT thanks Via RAIL Canada (TfT season sponsor); TD Bank Group (surtitles sponsor); TFO (show sponsor); Collège Boréal and La Cité collégiale (student matinees); our patrons: Pierre Karch, Mariel O’Neill-Karch and Ann Atkinson.
A Théâtre français de Toronto production
Written by Molière | Directed by Joël Beddows | Soundscape by Venessa Lachance | Costumes by Nina Okens | Lighting by Michael Brunet | Sets by Melanie McNeill
Starring Pierre Simpson, Marcelo Arroyo, Lina Blais, Sophie Goulet, Christian Laurin, and Nicolas Van Burek
In French (with English surtitles): May 10-28, 2017 with surtitles on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Berkeley St. Theatre (Upstairs) | 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Opening Night: Friday, May 12, 8 p.m.
Fundraising Gala ($125): Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.
Rates: Regular: $26 – $49 | Seniors: $26 – $42 | Under 30s and Artists: $19 – $30 | Pay-what-you-can Wednesdays and Thursdays | Saturday rush tickets: $20 at the door | Group rate for 8 or more: $25 per ticket
Box Office: 416.534.6604 or www.theatrefrancais.com