Melanie’s son Benoit, age 8, has a pain that won’t go away, so she takes him to the dentist. Naturally, this results in an epic meltdown. You see, with Benoit, nothing is ever simple. The proof: once in the dentist’s chair, Benoit turns out to have a lot more than cavities inside his mouth… In the end, Melanie – with the help of a kindly alcoholic receptionist, and a dentist who prefers plants to people – must face the fact that her son’s problems are much larger than a simple toothache.
Le Soulier is a bipolar comedy, full of touching and relatable characters trying so very hard to be happy. David Paquet, who won the Governor-General’s Award for Literature in 2010 and the Prix auteur dramatique du Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in 2017, has written a hilarious and unsettling play in which empathy triumphs over illness.
Production Théâtre la Seizième
Text David Paquet
Direction Esther Duquette, Gilles Poulin-Denis
Cast Félix Beauchamp, Annie Lefebvre, Joey Lespérance, France Perras
Set and costume Design Drew Facey
Sound Design Malcolm Dow
Lighting Design Itai Erdal
Movement Noam Gagnon
Stage Management Aidan Hammond