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Toronto: Theaturtle’s production of “Alphonse” will tour Ontario this summer

Friday, July 16, 2021

Alphonse, a one-person show by Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary playwright Wajdi Mouawad, will be returning to Toronto and other venues across Ontario this summer, including Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, and Brampton’s Rose Theatre. It will be performed by Gabe Maharajan (they/them) and artistic directed by multi-award-winning Alon Nashman (he/him).               

"When we're little no one tells us very much, so we imagine.” (opening of Alphonse by Wajdi Mouawad)

The Story: Alphonse is lost, walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often have to give up in order to grow up.                           

The Theaturtle production of Alphonse has been performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and South Africa's National Arts Festival. It was one of North America’s first live performances of a play after COVID-19 closed stages in 2020.                        

Theaturtle & Shakespeare in Action are thrilled to reunite to celebrate the resurgence of the performing arts in Ontario. '“Last summer, in the midst of the pandemic, almost 1000 residents of Toronto safely enjoyed a live performance of Alphonse in two Toronto Parks. This year, it is a great honor for us to be taking Alphonse to outdoor spaces throughout the province!" says Valeriy Kostyuk, Theaturtle Associate Producer (he/him). 

Alphonse will be performed by Montreal-based actor and creator Gabe Maharjan (The Great Gatsby, Talk is Free Theatre, E-TRANSFERS, Buddies in Bad Times). Gabe was shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada 2020 Emerging Playwright Award for Eva in Rio. Alon Nashman, Artistic Director of Theaturtle, has won awards and accolades for his performing and directing across the country and internationally. He has worked on six of Wajdi Mouawad’s plays, including a Dora-nominated performance in Scorched at Tarragon Theatre and in Stratford Festival's Birds of a Kind.

Summer Tour Schedule:

August 1st at Memorial-York Park (Little Avenue) (3:00 pm) **Tickets for Weston performances can be reserved here

August 5th-8th at 801 Big Bay Point Road (Barrie, Ontario) (6:00 pm) 

**Tickets for Barrie performances can be reserved here

August 18 (7:00 pm) and August 19 (2:00 pm) at River Mill Park, Huntsville 

Huntsville Festival of the Arts
 **Tickets for Huntsville performances will be available soon. 

August 21st at Shenkman Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON) (6:00pm) **Tickets for Ottawa performance will available soon.

August 25th- 29th at Chinguacousy Park (Brampton, ON) evening performances at 6pm, afternoon performance at 3pm, friday evening 

performance at 7pm
 **Tickets for Brampton performances can be reserved 


Strict Safety Protocols will be in place that follow Public Health Ontario guidelines, under the supervision of Toronto Public Health. Tickets can only be obtained online at the links above. 


Creative Team 

Written by: Wajdi Mouawad Translated by: Shelley Tepperman
 Artistic Direction by: Alon Nashman Performed by: Gabe Maharjan
 Sound by: Verne Good
 Set and Costume by: Lindsay Anne Black Produced by: Shakespeare in Action & Theaturtle

Photo: Alon Nashman as Alphonse. © Cylla von Tiedemann.