Death and The Privilege of Writing
by Estelle Rosen
Since 1999, Ariel Ifergan has performed in 15 Montreal productions including Pièce d'identité, Dossier Prométhée, Montréal la blanche. From 2007 to 2011, Ariel Ifergan produced Z comme Zadig, an adaptation of Zadig de Voltaire, co-written with director Anne Millaire in which he played all characters. M Ifergan was also involved in the touring production of Devinez-qui, les dix petit nègres, directed by Michèle Deslauriers. In 2013 he directed L'Augmentation de Georges Perec at Segal Centre. Young peoples theatre plays an important part in his career.
CHARPO: Victor Hugo's novel Le Dernier Jour d'un Condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man) is about the thoughts, feelings, and fear of a man awaiting execution with a sub-text about abolishing capital punishment. How do you prepare for a complex role like this?
IFERGAN: Victor Hugo wrote this story at the age of 27. This production was also an occasion for me to rediscover this master of French language; to take a look at Hugo's impressive biography and bibliography. He died at 85 and probably wrote every day of his life... and had an important political implication.
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