Playing Soon: Les Zinspiré.e.s : Onze calme et on continue

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Playing Soon: Les Zinspiré.e.s : Onze calme et on continue

Monday 6 November 2023

Toronto, ON - Théâtre français de Toronto is proud to present the eleventh edition of LES ZINSPIRÉ.E.S!
They were "dix-joncté.e.s" (wild) last year...this year, they're keeping calm (not at all!) and carrying on (to rave it up!), still under the expert direction of Constand Bernard.

LES ZINSPIRÉ.E.S is the result of an annual writing contest held in schools across southern Ontario, where over 200 teenagers submit their writings. From November 23 to December15, 2023, LES ZINSPIRÉ.E.S stages five carefully selected plays at the Berkeley Street Theatre.

The featured texts are:

·      SYNDROME DE L'IMPOSTEUR (IMPOSTER SYNDROME) by Shannon Villeneuve (É.s Père-René-de Galinée, Cambridge) - In a dystopian future, it's illegal to be multiracial. Shan finds herself forced to choose between her two races.

·      LES PRINCESSES ET L'ÉPÉE (THE PRINCESSES AND THE SWORD) by AlexandraPokas (Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Toronto) - Ready to fight for her starving kingdom, Ophelia must face a mountain, a dragon and another princess as sassy as herself to save her prince.

·      ZARATHOUSTRA by Philippe Paré (É.s.c. Renaissance, Aurora) - Freely inspired by Nietzsche's character, this great sage must come down from the top of his mountain and face the ridiculous idiocies that plague humanity in 2023.

·       LA FILLE N'EST PAS MORTE (THE GIRL AIN’T DEAD) by Leyao Xiao (Havergal College, Toronto) - Juliette is struggling to come to terms with the death ofher best friend Stella. She decides to wake her from her eternal sleep with black magic, but soonrealizes that the zombieversion of her friend is not what she had imagined.

·      JE SUIS (I AM)  by Sephora N'Kosi (É.s.c. Saint-Frère-André, Toronto) - A slam poem. An ode to Generation Z that questions and reclaims identity in today's adolescence. WARNING: This last poem includes the use of the "N-Word”.

Winner of multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards in recent years (no less than 5 in 2022!), the series continues to promote originality, creativity and authentic Franco-Ontarian voices to TfT audiences. High school students will be able to see the five texts written by their peers from November 23 to December 15, and General Audiences will appreciate the ingenuity and insight of the new generation on Wednesday, November29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December2 at 3 p.m. The November 29 performance will be followed by a reception, and the December 2 performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

LES ZINSPIRÉ.E.S: ONZE CALME ET ON CONTINUE (KEEPING CALM AND CARRYING ON)
Texts by: Sephora N'Kosi, Philippe Paré, Alexandra Pokas, Shannon Villeneuve, Leyao Xiao| Dramaturgical support: Lara Arabian, Djennie Laguerre, François Macdonald, Merlin Simard | With: Jenny Brizard, Meilie Ng, Merlin Simard, Aimée Tremblay Woodman, Xavier Yuvens | Stage Direction: Constant Bernard | Competition coordination: Pierre Simpson | Costumes and props: Melanie McNeill| Lighting and sets: Sébastian Marziali | Sound and Music Design: Al Thomas- Hall | Stage Manager: Jeff Soucy | Production Manager: Mathieu Taillardas
Show: Thursday, November23 to Friday, December 15, 2023
Reception: Wednesday, November 29
after the show
Running time: 90 minutes
Performances for General Audiences, Wednesday, November29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 at 3 p.m. at the Berkeley Street Theatre | 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Prices: Regular: $45 | GoldenAge: $35 | Under 30 and Artists: $20 | Pay what youcan, online, on the day of: $10, $15 or $20 | Group rate for 8 or more: $25 per ticket
Box office: 416.534.6604 or www.theatrefrancais.com

TfT would like to thank its partners, BMO, the University of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario, as well as its sponsors, the Viamonde School Board and Collège Boréal, for their ongoing support.