On the theme of “Dreaming big”, the artistic director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Lorraine Pintal, unveiled the program for its 2023-2024 season on Monday, World Theater Day. A season focused on the promise of a better world and an open conversation with the public.
Next season will open in the summer with a Robert Lepage double. His river show The Seven Branches of the Ota River (which was canceled last fall due to a fire backstage at the theater) will finally be presented in August. It will be followed by Courville, a work created at Le Diamant in Quebec which evokes the adolescence of the great director. Olivier Normand defends the main role, surrounded by puppets inspired by Japanese theater, the buranku. Starting September 12.
In November, the company Porte Parole will present Projet Polytechnique, a documentary theater play by Marie-Joanne Boucher and Jean-Marc Dalphond, directed by Marie-Josée Bastien. The show will pay tribute to the 14 women victims of the Polytechnique massacre in 1989. It will also be “a space for reflection and consolation with the public” around the issue of feminicides in the world, explains the director of Quebec .
The management of the TNM strongly hopes that the expansion of its theater will be completed in January 2024. The company will inaugurate the new year with Le misanthrope. This Molière masterpiece will be staged by the brilliant Florent Siaud, in “a very contemporary and urban reading”. With Francis Ducharme in the role of Alceste, Alex Bergeron, Alice Pascual, Évelyne Rompré, Dany Boudreault… The production will then go on tour in Quebec in March 2024.
From March 19 to April 13, actor Marc Messier will take to the stage of the TNM to defend the moving role of a man with a loss of autonomy, in The Father, by Florian Zeller. Edith Patenaude directs this “great text”, a “tragic farce” about our relationship with old age and our denial of death. Actress Catherine Trudeau will play Messier as Anne.
The season will end in May with Lysis, a creation by Fanny Britt and Alexia Bürger postponed twice due to the pandemic. Lorraine Pintal directs 17 performers, including Bénédicte Décary, Steve Gagnon, Cynthia Wu-Maheux, Brigitte Paquette, Isabelle Vincent, Olivia Palacci…
From February 23 to March 3, the TNM is pleased to welcome the Sentinel Theater, with the revival of the play M’appelle Mohamed Ali, by Congolese author Dieudonné Niangouna, directed by Philippe Racine and Tatiana Zinga Botao, with among others Lyndz Dantist. A show offered as an option to the subscription.
Moreover, subscriptions for the season are on sale now. However, single tickets for the general public will only be available from August 19.