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WINNERS AND LOSERS

JAMES LONG + MARCUS YOUSSEF

What makes us winners? How far is too far when confronting another person’s values? In this vicious, provocative game, no blow is too low. Anything goes.

Details

The game is of cruel simplicity, with winners on one side and losers on the other. Tom Cruise, microwave ovens, Alberta – winners or losers? Opinions spew forth, from the brilliant to the comical, but the friendly game quickly and imperceptibly slips into a profound existential enquiry. What makes us winners? How far is too far when confronting another person’s values?

Everything here is autobiographical, the danger is real. Vivacious, over the top and at times dishonest, James Long and Marcus Youssef appear to hail from a similar social background. But between the two long-time friends conflicts arise, heavy with tension. Around a table that resembles a boxing ring, an extreme combat of ideas and values gets underway. Indeed, some are higher up in the middle class than others, and certain privileges die hard. In this vicious, provocative game, no blow is too low. Anything goes.

Credits

PRODUCED BY NEWORLD THEATRE + THEATRE REPLACEMENT
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BYJAMES LONG + MARCUS YOUSSEF
DIRECTED BY CHRIS ABRAHAM
LIGHTING DESIGN JONATHAN RYDER
PHOTO SIMON HAYTER

CO-PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CROW’S THEATRE (TORONTO)

WRITTEN BY DIANE JEAN
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH

PREMIERED AT GATEWAY THEATRE, RICHMOND, DECEMBER 1, 2012

 

JAMES LONG + MARCUS YOUSSEF (VANCOUVER)
NEWORLD THEATRE + THEATRE REPLACEMENT

Different yet Complementary

For more than 15 years, James Long and Maiko Bae Yamamoto have been co-artistic directors of Theatre Replacement in Vancouver. The company explores various artistic disciplines, developing concepts specific to particular places and the people who live in them. Replacement was previously at the FTA in 2009 with Bioboxes, interactive installations that gave voice to the immigrant experience, and Weetube, based on videos and posted commentary culled from YouTube. In 2010 it returned with The Greatest Cities in the World, a documentary performance based on the inhabitants of towns in Tennessee with prestigious names like Paris or Rome. Their following project is a show based on the artistic collaboration between Kate Bush and David Bowie in the late 1970s.

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