Man Wanted: Carole Fréchette's John and Beatrice Gets Toronto Premiere

News   Man Wanted: Carole Fréchette's John and Beatrice Gets Toronto Premiere
 
Caroline Cave and Rick Roberts are featured in the English-language premiere of Carole Fréchette's John and Beatrice — about a woman's unusual personal ad — at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre Feb. 13-March 24.

John Murrell's translation, directed by Leah Cherniak, will play Tarragon's Extra Space. Opening, following previews, is Feb. 20.

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In the play, according to Tarragon, "Beatrice (Caroline Cave) has posted this notice around the city and now she sits on the 33rd floor of an abandoned building, like a princess in a tower, waiting for someone to answer her call."

Her message reads: "Notice to all men in the city: well-to-do young woman, forthright and intelligent, is seeking a man who will interest, move and seduce her. In that order. Substantial remuneration."

John (Rick Roberts) arrives, "having climbed all 33 flights, and begins the task of wooing Beatrice. In their game of courtship, where the stakes grow ever higher, John's attempts to captivate, move and seduce Beatrice are met with resistance. Beatrice proves a reluctant conquest, with her constant interruptions, insatiable thirst and her curious habit of suddenly falling asleep. But John persists until the tables are turned in their search for love." The creative team includes set and costume designer Yannik Larivée, lighting designer Lesley Wilkinson, sound designer John Gzowski, projection designer Cylla von Tiedemann and stage manager Trina Sookhai.

Carole Fréchette was born in Montréal and is a graduate of the National Theatre School. Still based in Montréal, she has been a force in Québec theatre for over 25 years. Her work has been translated and staged in Belgium, France, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Romania and Switzerland, in addition to many successful productions across Canada. Fréchette is also the author of children's novels and translations. She won the 1995 Governor General's Award for Drama for her play Les Quatre Morts de Marie; the award was presented on the basis of a printed text, but by coincidence, the first Canadian staging of this Québec play was actually in English – and at Tarragon, in 1997, in John Murrell's English version The Four Lives of Marie. That version won Fréchette a Chalmers Canadian Play Award. She also received Governor General's Award nominations for La Peau d'Elisa in 1998, and Les Sept Jours de Simon Labrosse in 1999. Murrell has also created English versions of both these plays; Elisa's Skin was staged at Tarragon in 2001.

Jean et Beatrice was nominated for the 2002 Governor General's Award.

Caroline Cave (Beatrice) was last seen at Tarragon as Albertine in Past Perfect by Michel Tremblay, and stage and screen actor Rick Roberts (John) was last seen on Tarragon's stage in Michael Healey's Rune Arlidge.

For more information call (416) 531-1827 or visit www.tarragontheatre.com.

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