Small-scale Christmas tree surrounded by candles
Théâtre français de Toronto and the Groupe de la Veillée present

Solstice d’hiver (Winter Solstice)

February 4 to 12, 2022
English Surtitles Available

Christmas Eve and nothing is ready. Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy: Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him to spend the evening with them... Everything is in place for a comedy of errors, as we know them.

Through this seemingly predictable situation, Roland Schimmelpfennig subtly exposes the workings of new modern day fascism. In Winter Solstice, it sneaks into a well-meaning society, among “good” and cultured people who do not seem equipped to recognize its resurgence.

Director Joël Beddows invites us to this unusual and strangely titillating comedy. He brings to the stage a society obsessed with comfort, success and stability.

Marcelo Arroyo, Gregory Hlady, Catherine de Léan, Benoit Mauffette and Louise Naubert
Creative team

Written by: Roland Schimmelpfennig
Direction: Joël Beddows
Direction assistance: Alexandra Ghezzi
Production manager: Pierre Mainville
Technical direction: Michel St-Amand
Set design: Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Costume design: Beatriz Aravelo
Lighting design: Chantal Labonté
Sound design: Nick Di Gaetano
Projection design: Guillaume Saindon

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Small-scale Christmas tree surrounded by candles