Théâtre la Seizième presents Le Soulier

Théâtre la Seizième is bringing the world premiere of its newest production, Le Soulier, to Studio 16, February 27 to March 9. 

Written by award-winning Quebec playwright David Paquet, and directed by Esther Duquette and Gilles Poulin-Denis, Le Soulier is a dark comedy, full of touching and relatable characters trying very hard to be happy.

Melanie’s son Benoit, age 8, has a pain that won’t go away so she takes him to the dentist. This results in an epic meltdown, from the always difficult young man.  Once in the dentist’s chair, the story unfolds and Benoit turns out to have a lot more than cavities inside his mouth. Melanie – with the help of a kind, alcoholic receptionist and a dentist who prefers plants to people – must face the fact that her son’s problems are much larger than a simple toothache.

David Paquet, recipient of the 2010 Governor General’s Award for French-language drama and the 2017 Prix Michel-Tremblay for his play Porc-épic, has written a hilarious and unsettling play in which empathy triumphs over illness.  While on the surface Le Soulier is a whimsical comedy, the play is actually a drama about mental health issues, addressing an array of topics.  Behavioural disorders, psychological suffering and the empathy it can inspire, exhaustion, and self-medication – are all dealt with in a light but dark and, most importantly, appropriate humour.

Le Soulier comes to the Studio 16 Stage, 1555 West 7th Ave, from Wednesday February 27, to Saturday March 9, 2019. Visit seizieme.ca for more information, showtimes and tickets. 

Le Soulier will be presented with English surtitles every evening of the run except on Fridays.

Théâtre la Seizième Announced 2017-18 Season

Théâtre la Seizième has announced its 2017-2018 season, including two local and four visiting productions coming to Vancouver stages.  Founded in 1974, Théâtre la Seizième is the only French language, professional theatre company in British Columbia. Every year, Théâtre la Seizième presents a mainstage season, and a young audiences season, in addition to a series of drama workshops, a training and dramaturgical development program for local artists.

No matter the language, Théâtre la Seizième aims to reach all culture lovers while also surprising its audience with new faces and new forms of stage performance.  This season’s plays have been selected for the light they shed on some of today’s hot button issues (immigration, superficiality and appearance, birth rate and environmental protection, individualism and unity of the family, and the cult of performance).

“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity.” stressed Esther Duquette, Artistic and Managing Director. 

Théâtre la Seizième adds performances English surtitles, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday shows to allow more non-French speaking culture lovers to experience the works.

This year’s season includes;

Mainstage Productions:

UNITÉ MODÈLE
October 17-28, 2017 at Studio 16

BIBISH DE KINSHASA
November 28 – December 2, 2017 at Studio 16

POURQUOI TU PLEURES…?
February 16-17, 2018 at Waterfront Theatre

DES ARBRES
May 8-12, 2018 at Studio 16 

Young Audiences Productions:

CRÈME-GLACÉE
April 7, 2018 at Studio 16
On tour in primary schools from April 3 to June 8, 2018

AVANT L’ARCHIPEL
On tour in high schools from May 3-25, 2018

Find production details and information plus book subscription packages and single performance tickets visit seizieme.ca