BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University Theatre presents Scorched, by Wajdi Mouawad, February 26-27 at 8:00 p.m., March 5-6 at 8:00 p.m., and March 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
A series of successful productions of Scorched have been staged around the world: at first in French as Incendies, and now in English, translated by Linda Gaboriau. The play toured Canada during the 2008-09 theatre season, and along the way it won the Dora award for best play in Toronto.
The story centres on twins – a brother Simon and sister Janine – who are summoned to the office of a notary to hear the last will and testament of their mother, Nawal. They are both handed a sealed letter written by their mother. One is to be delivered to their brother and one to their father. Both thought their father was dead and never knew of a brother, and so the mystery begins. The letters send them on a journey into their mother’s past – to a Middle Eastern country engulfed in a civil war where she was a political activist and later became a prisoner of war. The play also follows the life of Nawal, from her youth and her liberation through education to her final years spent in silence.
Performances are at the Evans Theatre on the Brandon University campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at Campus Books, and at the door. Brandon University students will receive one free admission with their BU student card.
Please be advised that Scorched is an adult drama with extreme language and some violent scenes.
The cast features Brenda Lacerte, Ashley Hancharyk and Meagan Miller as the three generations of the mother, Nawal. Fans of Mecca and Seven Ages will recognize John Szabo, Kenna Simpson and Ken Jackson as well as Jeremy Lancaster and Jenna Cameron playing the twins. Rounding out the cast are BU students Ripley Large, Joanne Fabro and Johnson Apetagon.
Wajdi Mouawad was born in Beirut and raised in France and Quebec. Since graduating from the National Theatre School in Montreal in 1991, he has been a major force in Quebec and Canadian theatre. His previous play Littoral (Tideline) won the Governor General’s Award, French category, in 2000, as well as First Prize from the Quebec Theatre Critics Association. Wajdi was also knighted as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government for his contribution to theatre. He is currently director of the French language theatre company at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
For more information, please contact:
- James Forsythe
- Professor/Program Coordinator, Drama Program
- Brandon University
- P: (204) 727-9662