DOM JUAN (May 10-28, 2017)
- Location: Berkeley Street Theatre
- Dates: From 10/05/17 to 28/05/17
“ALL THE PLEASURE OF LOVE SUBSISTS IN CHANGE”, Dom Juan
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?
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 human than mythical figure — offering an examination of our society through the ages — asking the question: Who is the culprit? The tyrant or his admirer?
IN FRENCH, FROM MAY 10 TO 28, 2017 (English Surtitles available on 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.
a THEATRE FRANÇAIS DE TORONTO production
Directed by: JOËL BEDDOWS
With: PIERRE SIMPSON, MARCELO ARROYO, LINA BLAIS, SOPHIE GOULET, CHRISTIAN LAURIN, NICOLAS VAN BUREK
Lighting by: MICHAEL BRUNET
Soundscape by: VANESSA LACHANCE
Set design by: MELANIE MCNEILL
Costumes by: NINA OKENS