Theatre UNB Presents Michel Tremblay's Bonjour, là, Bonjour
February 1st to February 4th, 8:00pm nightly
Memorial Hall - Tickets Available At the Door (General Admission: $10, Students: $6)
Theatre UNB will present internationally renowned Québécois dramatist Michel Tremblay’s Bonjour, là, Bonjour from February 1st to 4th at Memorial Hall on the University of New Brunswick campus. UNB Drama professor Len Falkenstein will direct the production of John Van Burek and Bill Glassco’s English translation of Tremblay’s landmark 1974 drama about a quarreling and dysfunctional, but quietly heroic and loving, working-class Montreal family.
Bonjour, là, Bonjour is many things: an affectionate and note-perfect portrait of a community struggling with the stultifying effects of poverty and repression; a semi-autobiographical love letter from Tremblay to his late father; and a damn-the-torpedoes endorsement of the power of love, in whatever form it takes, to overcome all obstacles. The play depicts events surrounding the homecoming of Serge, the young son of the family, who has just returned from a three month soul-searching sojourn in Paris. Serge comes back to Montreal determined to free himself from his grasping and needy elder sisters and aunts, and longing to reconcile with his emotionally distant father. Along the way, he also gains the courage to follow his heart to pursue a love that is both tender and forbidden.
Artfully and unconventionally structured in a series of overlapping scenes that form a “symphony” in which voices are the instruments, Bonjour, là, Bonjour is filled with memorable characters and Tremblay’s trademark virtuoso interweaving of hilarity and heartache, hope and despair.
The play will feature students from UNB’s senior acting class, and will be performed in an intimate, in-the-round staging devised by designer Mike Johnston.
Curtain time for the play is 8 PM nightly. Tickets ($10 regular, $6 for students) are available at the door. For more information, phone 447-3078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.