Elkahna Talbi and Jean Marc Dalpé (photo credit: Mathieu Girard)
The journey from Two Rooms to II
by Mansel Robinson
Still, in spite of the distance, a few reflections from Mulligan’s Bay.
feeling disappointed in myself, ashamed of my suspicions of old ladies and teen-aged boys
Some people like to ask a writer, “where does the idea come from?” Since I’ve written or re-written three plays since Two Rooms my memory is faulty, or damaged, or at least very cluttered. But I remember sitting in an airport departure lounge, searching the faces of other fidgety passengers for the one who was a potential terrorist bomber. Paranoid of “the other” in the post-9/11 world, enduring the endless so-called “war on terror.” And feeling disappointed in myself, ashamed of my suspicions of old ladies and teen-aged boys. I must have thought, “Now there’s something to explore …”
Dalpé (photo credit: Mathieu Girard)
Two Rooms won the 2010 Uprising National Playwriting Award in Alberta and the 2010 John V. Hicks Award in Saskatchewan. Mr. Robinson’s recent work includes Thea, which premiered at Blyth Theatre in 2011 as part of a group show, Hometown: Six Short Plays. Muskeg & Money will premiere at North Road Theatre in Sudbury in 2013. He was short-listed for the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Playwriting in 2011.
Théâtre français de Toronto at Berkeley Street Theatre – 26 Berkeley Street, upstairs.
Previews: January 30-31, 8 pm
Evening performances: Wednesday to Saturday, 8 pm
Saturday matinee: 3:30 pm – Sunday matinee: 2:30 pm
English surtitled performances: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Tickets: Adults $33 to $48 | Seniors (65 and up): $28 to $41.
Special rates: PWYC Wednesday evening and Rush Tickets ($20) Saturday evening. Special-rate tickets are available at the box office one hour before performance. Cash payment.
Box Office: www.theatrefrancais.com and (416) 534-6604 or 1-800-819-4981