Theatre UNB Presents The December Man (L’Homme de Décembre) by Colleen Murphy
January 30th to February 2nd, 8:00pm nightly
Memorial Hall - Tickets Available At the Door (General Admission: $10, Students: $6)
"One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a human" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Theatre UNB’s first production of 2013 is The December Man (L’Homme de Décembre) by Canadian playwright and filmmaker Colleen Murphy, 2012 Artist in Residence for Fredericton’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Company. Winner of Canada’s highest award for theatre, the Governor-General’s Award for Drama, The December Man is a powerful drama inspired by the true story of a family that became collateral damage of the 1989 Montreal Massacre at École Polytechnique.
The play moves backwards in time, chronicling how the shooting victimizes first a male survivor of the shooting and then the devoted parents who were unable to rescue him from the abyss of survivor guilt. Acts of violence create immediate victims, but what of those who live on with the guilt, rage and frustration of such a random and senseless tragedy? The play expertly analyzes the long private shadow that public violence casts over some of the most unsuspecting victims. Through humour and the humdrum of everyday life, Murphy explores what it means to be human and the pressures we feel to be so much more, to be a hero.
The December Man is directed by Alex Donovan and stars Elizabeth Goodyear, Michael Holmes-Lauder and Barry McCluskey. The play will run nightly at 8 PM from January 30th to February 2nd at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus. Tickets ($10 regular, $6 for students) are available at the door. Visit our Facebook page to RSVP or learn more.