Studio 16


As youngsters, Joey and Michel love putting on shows, performing for family and friends. How else to express their true colors in the working-class Quebec of the 60s and 70s where they grew up? To break free and survive, the two brothers each find their own way. One becomes an actor in Vancouver, the other shines on the Montreal drag scene before becoming the woman she always felt she was. But can one truly blossom when their identity tragically clashes with the roles society imposes upon them?

Joey Lespérance’s first solo show, of autobiographical inspiration, paints a portrait full of contrasts, depicting a brave, marginal and tumultuous journey. By breathing new life into the lost dream of his sibling Michel(le), the Vancouver artist’s unique and vibrant voice carries onward the memory of singular destinies, too often forgotten.


Production Théâtre la Seizième
Ideation, text and performance Joey Lespérance
Direction Esther Duquette
Set design & props Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle
Costume design Linda Brunelle,
Sound design Pierre-Luc Clément
Lighting design Sophie Tang
Movement Noam Gagnon
Makeup Florence Cornet
Dramaturgy Esther Duquette, Craig Holzschuh
Surtitles translation Leanna Brodie
External advisors Dave Deveau, Joëlle Perras, Jaylene Tyme
Stage management Dominique Cuerrier
Technical direction Pierre Tripard
Production direction Clémence Doray, Jessie Dumais, Mélina Mariotte
Support for creation Centre de service of Théâtre aux Écuries

With the support of Y.P Heung Foundation

This show addresses some sensitive topics that may not be suitable for everyone. Please contact our box office via email at or by phone at 604-736-1626 for more information.


226-1555, West 7th avenue
Vancouver, BC. V6J 1S1

We are fortunate to live, create and gather on the traditional and ancestral unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations

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