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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

News: Infini announces new season

Teesri, Arthur Holden and François Archambault in lineup. 
Press Release:

Montreal, July 2011 – INFINITHÉÂTRE is proud to announce its 2011-12 season, which will be staged entirely at the Bain St-Michel (5300, rue St-Dominique).  With the very reasonable 6-pack membership, cardholders have access to all three of the season productions for the unbelievably low cost of ten bucks a ticket (plus taxes).  Without a doubt the best theatre deal in town!

It all starts in mid-November with a guest production presented by Teesri Duniya Theatre: the English translation by Shelley Tepperman of Philippe Ducros’ French hit L’Affiche, nowThe Poster

Without stopping for breath, the company charges into its annual reading series, The Pipeline, which will feature the winning script from the Write-On-Q! playwriting competition as well as two other new and as yet unpublished Québec English plays.  All part of Infinithéâtre’s ongoing commitment to discovering and developing new Québec work at a price that can’t be beat: pay-what-you-can!

Ars Poetica, Arthur Holden’s (first winner of the Pam Dunn Write-On-Q! competition) new comedy about trying to keep a floundering English literary magazine alive in Québec is exactly what the doctor ordered to stave off those winter blues in January and February.

Ellen David (CBC’s 18 to Life) directs the season closer, The Leisure Society, another critical and box office hit from the Francophone  theatre community that takes a searing, yet comedic look at the fate of western society. 

To know more about Infinithéâtre, buy a 6-Pack card, or to donate to “the little company that does a lot with a little”, log on to


Guest Production by Teesri Duniya Theatre
Written by Philippe Ducros
Translated by Shelley Tepperman
Directed by Arianna Bardesono
November 17 to December 4, 2011

In Palestine, when somebody dies as a direct result of the struggle they make a poster with the picture of the martyr and hang it on the walls. Abou Salem prints those posters and one day he finds he must print the poster of his only son, Salem.  The Poster is a close personal look at the consequences on both sides of the bullet in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  L’Affiche, the original French version of the play, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Grand prix de la dramaturgie (France) and was named Play of the Year in 2009 by the AQCT (Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre).

Written by Arthur Holden
Directed by Guy Sprung
January 17 to February 12, 2012

The air conditioning has failed. The creditors are circling like sharks. And the publisher wants to sleep with anything that moves. That’s the situation at Ars Poetica, a Montreal literary magazine where chaos reigns and disaster is never more than an errant BlackBerry click away. Into this swirl of high culture and low morals steps lawyer Hugh Rose, whose idealistic daughter Naomi works as a summer intern for the magazine. When Hugh discovers the desperate state in which the periodical finds itself, he joins the struggle to keep the enterprise afloat – willingly at first, then with increasing reluctance as he becomes caught up in the intrigues of George the publisher, Julia the editor, and a singular Canada Council officer named Diane. Ars Poetica is a comedy about poetry, wireless communications and the wayward impulses of love.

Written by François Archambault
Translated by Bobby Theodore
Directed by Ellen David
March 6 to 25, 2012

A raunchy comedy of manners that strips naked (literally) today’s vacuous “me” generation.  A humorous and brutally honest dissection of how we find and define meaning and purpose in our lives.  A run-away box office hit in French, now performed in English for the first time in Québec.  This social satire features four of Montréal’s finest actors from both the English and French acting communities: Daniel Brochu, Catherine De Sève, Sheena Gazé-Deslandes and Neil Napier.

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