Grand Théâtre de Québec, salle Octave-Crémazie
1:50 (without intermission)
By Mani Soleymanlou (Montreal)
After Un, Deux and Trois, followed by Ils étaient quatre, Cinq à sept and Huit, Mani Soleymanlou’s new creation is the culmination of the numbers cycle he began in 2011. Branching away from his own generation for the first time, he brings into focus a group of Baby Boomers.
The décor is minimal. Henri Chassé, Pierre Lebeau, Marc Messier, Mireille Métellus and Monique Spaziani are attending the funeral of a mutual friend. After finding a document written by the deceased shorty before his passing, our veteran actors—playing themselves—engage in a captivating conversation, discuss, debate, reminisce…
Worlds away from the numerous characters they have brought to life over the years, they share their ideals, their passions, their regrets, and their pitfalls with disarming sincerity. They talk about what amazes them, what bothers them, and what gives them hope, revealing the fire that burns within their soul. Discussing turning points and infamous figures of Quebec’s history, but also the ageing body, disease, and death. Their reunion soon becoming something of a catharsis, a joyful deliverance: they’ll make you grind your teeth, laugh, think…
Reminding us of what makes our time on this earth truly universal while exploring individual and collective identities, Neuf [titre provisoire] draws the beautifully witty and moving portrait of a whole generation.
Interpretation and collaboration with the text Henri Chassé, Pierre Lebeau, Marc Messier, Mireille Métellus and Monique Spaziani
Assistance with the direction and stage management Jean Gaudreau
Costumes Cynthia St-Gelais
Lights Erwann Bernard
Original music Larsen Lupin
Production management Catherine La Frenière
Technical management Jenny Huot
Coproduction Orange Noyée and Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui.
With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.