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Cispersonnages en quête d’auteurice

Catherine Bourgeois

The company Joe Jack & John never resists the temptation to gum up our collective works. Its latest opus is a pitch-black comedy featuring a group of actors who explore the boundaries of their creative freedom.


Exploring Blind Spots

In his famous play Six Characters in Search of an Author, Pirandello called into question the legitimacy of his actors and denounced the theatre of his time for its inability to approach truth through fiction. A century later, it’s the turn of Catherine Bourgeois, who cannot resist the temptation to gum up the works of theatrical artifice in this play featuring a group of actors in search of meaning. As ethical concerns proliferate, creative possibilities disintegrate, and soon the group seems trapped in the solitary domain of reality, in all its complexity.

Should we be ashamed of our dreams? What does it mean to be a character in a play? Do we always hide our moral failings? Do you believe in unicorns? These are the thorny, unsolvable questions tackled by Joe Jack & John as the company makes its first-ever appearance at Festival TransAmériques. P.S.: It’s a comedy!


Produced by Joe Jack & John
Written, directed and designed by Catherine Bourgeois
Performed by Maryline Chery + Guy-Philippe Côté + Edon Descollines + Pénélope Goulet-Simard + Hubert Lemire + Michael Nimbley + Audrey Talbot
Costume and Set Design Amy Keith
Lighting Design Jean Jauvin
Sound Design Alexander MacSween
Text Collaborators Pénélope Bourque + the performers + Louis Girandello
Dramaturgical Advisor Sara Fauteux
Surtitles translation Bobby Theodore
Surtitles Operator Delphine Ricard
Support and coaching Paul-Patrick Charbonneau
Assistant Director Pascale Courville
Set Design Assistant Alizée Milot
Costume Assistant Carolie Delisle
Production Director Pénélope Bourque
Technical Director Kyllian Mahieu
Stage Manager Audrey Belzile
Sound and Sound Manager Andrea Marsolais-Roy

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
With the support of National Arts Center (Ottawa) + Prêts, disponibles et capables

Presented in association with Espace Libre

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, on May 30, 2023

Written by Sara Fauteux
Translated by David Dalgleish


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Catherine Bourgeois (Montreal)
Joe Jack & John

Scenographer and director Catherine Bourgeois, who remains at the helm of the company she co-founded 20 years ago, continues to cultivate this unique creative space that is always driven by the pursuit of the unique.

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