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Ottawa: The NAC presents Claude Guilmain’s complete trilogy “” April 24-27

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A suspenseful, tender and comical tale where past and present collide. A family saga that reveals a quest for happiness thwarted by the vicissitudes of life. A road trip both personal and universal that questions our fascination with the American dream.

Part comedy of manners, part historical saga, Claude Guilmain’s ambitious trilogy follows the story of the Cardinal family, whose branches have spread across America, from the days of John F. Kennedy to the events of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan. First staged at the Zones Théâtrales biennial and reworked for this first full production by NAC French Theatre, the trilogy takes a multi-layered look at defining moments in history. As multimedia images flicker across the stage, the characters reveal glimpses of some deeply personal dramas of their own.


April 24 to 27 at 7 p.m. in the NAC Azrieli Studio
Presented in French with passages in English with French surtitles

Written and Designed by: Claude Guilmain // Directed by: Louise Naubert and Claude Guilmain // Cast: Sasha Dominique, Magali Lemèle, Bernard Meney, Louise Naubert, Pier Paquette and Anie Richer // Illustrations and film direction: Claude Guilmain // Collaboration to set design: Duncan Appleton and Aurélien Muller // Video design: Duncan Appleton, Aurélien Muller and Grégory Pallanque // Video and audio participation: Stephan Dubeau, Rick Miller and Anne-Sophie Quemener // Soundscape and original music: Claude Naubert // Pianist performing Gershwin (third part): Philippe Noireaut // Lightning design: Guillaume Houët // Movement: Sylvie Bouchard // Costumes: Louise Naubert

Production : Théâtre la Tangente

Running time: approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission and one short break


Directed by Claude Guilmain and produced by the National Film Board (NFB), the world premiere of the documentary Sur la corde raide will be presented on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Azrieli Studio.

Following the screening, a discussion with the audience and the production team will be hosted by Valérie Lessard (ICI Radio-Canada Ottawa/Gatineau).

There will be a post-show talk after the performance on Thursday, April 25, hosted by Catherine Voyer-Léger. A unique opportunity to gain insight into the show and to ask the artists some questions!


Adult $39 + / Student $19 +

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Photo: Scene from © 2018 Marianne Duval.