In French with English surtitles on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Hoping to start a new life on the West Coast, a couple travels 5000 km from Montreal to Vancouver in the dead of winter. As they attempt to integrate their adopted city, Esther and Gilles find themselves quickly confronted with the language barrier, and their inability to create a social network. Bit by bit, they retreat, inwardly, shielding themselves from the rain and the outside world, the four walls of their apartment becoming the boundaries of a universe understandable only to them. But for how long can two people who love each other live so marginally?
Using a series of tableaux where the real, the fictitious, everyday objects and literary materials collide, Straight Jacket Winter draws us in, delicately, uncovering the heart of two interior lives.
Produced by 2PAR4, Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts & Théâtre la Seizième
Written by Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-Denis
Directed by Esther Duquette, Gilles Poulin-Denis & Édith Patenaude
With Esther Duquette, Frédéric Lemay, Gilles Poulin-Denis & Julie Trépanier
Production team Antoine Berthiaume, Itai Erdal, Drew Facey, Kitty Hoffman, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Antoine Quirion Couture, Julie Vallée-Léger & Julien Véronneau
Dramaturg Philippe Ducros
Artistic advisor Craig Holzschuh