news | Friday March 15, 2013

Sainte-Carmen of the Main Comes to Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film closes its theatre season with Sainte-Carmen of the Main, written by iconic Montréal playwright, Michel Tremblay, and directed by Andrey Tarasiuk. The show runs from April 2–6, 2013.

Set in mid-’70s Montreal, in the shady district known as “The Main,” the play features Carmen, a country-western singer who returns to the Rodéo Club after six-months working in Nashville. Along with an improved vocal technique, she feels empowered by fresh songs with her own lyrics that speak directly to – and about – her outcast friends on The Main. As her adoring community of hustlers, prostitutes, and transvestites eagerly await her triumphant opening at the Club, she encounters hatred, jealousy, vengeance, and finally, tragedy.

Tremblay – arguably the most important playwright in the history of Québec theatre, and definitely the most produced – wrote this particular script in a heightened poetic style reflecting the structure and form of a Greek tragedy including a Greek chorus.

Sainte-Carmen of the Main is directed by renowned Canadian theatrical director, producer, and dramaturge, Andrey Tarasiuk, who joins the faculty of UWinnipeg’s Department of Theatre and Film to guide senior acting students in this production.

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