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Paul Van Dyck (Montréal)

February 6 to 17, 2013

February 6th to the 9th & February 13th to the 16th – 8PM
Sunday, February 10th & 17th – 3PM
World premiere

February 14th to the 17th

« (…) this is the best theater – the most relevant to our time, the most uplifting, the most artistic, simultaneously the most esoteric and exoteric, visually, aurally, and intellectually stimulating – that I have seen in a long time. » – CULTURAL CAPITOL (New York)

1660. Suriname. Oroonoko, an African prince reduced to slavery, foments a revolt. The new colonisers subdue the rebellion by massacring all the slaves. Published in 1688, Oroonoko is a skilful blend of stage drama, reportage and biography written by Aphra Behn, an early exponent of abolitionism. With Oroonoko, she authored the first humanitarian novel in English. A spy in the service of King Charles II of England whose mission was to investigate the administration of this Dutch colony, Behn died in poverty. Paul Van Dyck revisits the life and work of this political activist before her time. With Oroonoko he gives the tragedy more universal scope, juxtaposing the eighteenth-century Atlantic slave trade with the status of women today. A chorus of slaves, militiamen and royalists participates in the last gasp of a ruined civilisation.

The playwright, theatre director and actor Paul Van Dyck is artistic director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions. A regular participant in North American fringe festivals, he has directed a dozen plays, including Paradise Lost, winner of a “best production” award at FRIGID New York. The revelation of the year in 2009, Van Dyck won a Montreal English Critics Circle award for his exceptional contribution to the theatre. His bold and innovative plays brilliantly fuse several theatrical genres.

With a cast of 12 actors plus one live musician

In collaboration with Persephone Productions

February 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th, 2013

8 p.m.

February 10th and 17th, 2013

3 p.m.


$25 Regular
$20 Discount (Professionnal artists– Seniors 65 years and older – Accès Montréal cardholders – Students)
$15 Group (10 persons and more)

For more detailed information, please visit the Box office page

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