“Why not look again at all the women who influenced me – above all, my mother who gave me my sense of humour, my gift of dialogue and my sense of theatre?” – Michael Tremblay
For the Pleasure of seeing Her Again is a hilarious and beautiful new work from Canada’s most widely produced playwright. Michel Tremblay’s most recent and autobiographical work is a powerful tribute to his mother. Tremblay paints a very funny portrait of the women who delighted, bewildered and infuriated him throughout his childhood, yet inspired such masterpieces as Bonjour La Bonjour and Hosanna.
Through a series of vignettes from childhood on, we discover that words are Nana’s biggest gift to her son. Beneath the gossip, the dramatic predictions and wild exaggerations, Nana is shaping the soul of an artist. Her on inherits a love of language and humour, discovers the truth that lies behind illusions and comes to understand the power of imagination.
Starring: Jeff Page & Valerie Ann Pearson
Translated by: Linda Gaboriau
Directed by: Bradley Moss
Set Properties and Costumes Designer: Narda McCarroll
Lighting Designer: Cimmeron Meyer
Stage Manager: Deborah Beniston
Production Manager: Gina Puntil
Head Electrician: Kate Bagnall
Head Carpenter: Ron Lavoie
Rigging System Installer/Operator/Carpenter: Kevin Humphrey
Rigging Consultant: Stephen Boyd Scenic Painters: Kirby Liknes & Angie Sotiropoulos
Costumer: Karen Swiderski
The English language World Premiere of FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN by Michel Tremblay, translated by Linda Gaboriau, was first produced and presented by Centaur Theatre Company, September 29, 1998, in Montreal. The production starred Nicola Cavendish and Dennis O’Connor, was directed by Gordon McCall, with set and costume design by John C. Dinning, lighting design by Graham Frampton, and with stage manager Johanne Pomrenski, assistant stage manager Tobi M. Hunt and assistant director Natalie Bonjour.
October 18–28, 2001
Opening October 18
CAST & CREW
Jeff returns to Theatre Network for his seventh collaboration with Bradley Moss. They have previously worked together on HOSANNA, EXCAVATIONS, FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN, PILEDRIVER, and A GUIDE TO MOURNING. For the past three seasons, Jeff has worked at the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, where he played Torvald Helmer in A DOLL’S HOUSE, Mr. Dussel in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and Caliban in THE TEMPEST. Locally, he has recently appeared in SEE HOW THEY RUN at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, ROMEO AND JULIET, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE and TWELFTH NIGHT with the River City Shakespeare Festival, and will be seen later this spring in PRIVATE LIVES at Northern Light Theatre.
Bradley is an MFA graduate in directing from the University Alberta. He joined Theatre Network in 1996 to create the multidisciplinary emerging artist festival – Nextfest. In 2014 Bradley accepted the dual role of Artistic & Executive Director for Theatre Network. Some recent productions include: BED AND BREAKFAST, THE EMPRESS & THE PRIME MINISTER, MINERVA – QUEEN OF THE HANDCUFFS, INFINITY, The Sterling Award Winning Production IRMA VOTH, BUST, GORDON, RED, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, ARMSTRONG’S WAR, the Governor General Nominated THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE, the Sterling Award Winning LITTLE ONE, DRIVING MISS DAISY, the Governor General Award Winning PIG GIRL, the Sterling Award Winning LET THE LIGHT OF DAY THROUGH, WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES, IN ON IT, MOVING ALONG, TWELFTH NIGHT, PUBLIC SPEAKING, DOG, THUNDERSTICK, BUDDY, ALIAS GODOT, MISERY, CLOSER AND CLOSER APART, the Sterling Award Winning SUMMER OF MY AMAZING LUCK, TRUE WEST, GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL, HOSANNA, MARION BRIDGE, A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, the Sterling Award Winning glam rock musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and HIGH LIFE.
A dominant figure of Quebec’s theatre scene since the end of the ’60s, Michel Tremblay has created works of an impressive quantity and quality, as a dramatist, novelist, translator, adapter and screenwriter:
26 plays, 3 musicals, 12 novels, 1 collection of tales, 4 collections of short stories, 7 screenplays, 23 translations or adaptations of foreign plays, 1 libretto and the lyrics for some 12 songs. All of them published. Several of Tremblay’s plays have been praised in Canada, in the United States and just about everywhere in Europe. His name appears in the Larousse and Robert dictionaries, in the Who’s Who encyclopaedia and in the Dictionary of International Biography. Six times grant holder of the Canada Council for the Arts, Michel Tremblay has received more than 50 awards throughout his career.
Narda is very happy to be back working with the great Theatre Network team. Past designs for Network include: set design for GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL and EYE FOR AND EYE, lighting design for The Leisure Society, and set/costume design for FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, and LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN (Sterling award for set). Narda was the resident designer for Workshop West Theatre for six seasons where she designed MARY’S WEDDING, MY ONE AND ONLY, APPLE,17 DOGS, MESA, RESPECTABLE, and ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP. Other recent design credits include: costume design for THE PILLOWMAN and production design for FULLY COMMITTED, THE SYRINGA TREE, and BLUE/ORANGE (Citadel Theatre), set/costumes for VINCENT IN BRIXTON and STONES IN HIS POCKETS (ATP, Calgary), and costume design for the past seven summers for The River City Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton.
Cimmeron is alumna of the National Theatre School of Canada and an award-winning theatre designer. Selected designs include: for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Famous Puppet Death Scenes, The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan, Ignorance, for One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Dream Machine, Featherland, A History of Wild Theatre, for Ghost River Theatre, Sailor Boy, The Alan Parkinson’s project, Confessions of a Paper Boy, for Ground Zero Theatre Closer, Reasons to be Pretty, Urinetown, the Musical, Writer’s Block and The Full Monty, for Vertigo Theatre, Travels with My Aunt, Snake in the Grass, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Shear Madness.
This is Gina’s second season back out in the freelance world of stage management. She is delighted to be on familiar territory for her first official apprenticing gig – a full circle moment. Gina was Theatre Network’s production manager from 2000 to 2004 giving her some of her favorite productions under her belt (A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, VINCENT AND BRIXTON, FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN, LAWRENCE AND HOLLOMAN, …). She has also been the production manager for NEXTFEST for the past five years – a festival that takes place in June right where you are sitting. Other Select credits include BITCHSLAP! and the Tranny Trilogy, TRANNY GET YOUR GUN, L’IL ORPHAN TRANNY and TRANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Guys in Disguise) THE BLACK RIDER: THE CASTING OF THE MAGIC BULLETS (November Theatre), THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF MARY JANE MOSQUITO (Concrete Theatre) and looks forward to THE ANGER OF ERNEST AND ERNESTINE with George and Sharla and DRUNKEN F*CKER (Ground Zero, April 2006).