Straight Jacket

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.

On tour

May 27– 29, 2016
Carrefour international de théâtre, Québec (QC)

November 10 – 12, 2016
Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury (ON)

November 16– 19, 2016
Centre national des Arts, Ottawa (ON)

December 11– 16, 2017
Théâtre la Licorne, Montréal (QC)

January 23, 2018
Théâtre populaire d’Acadie, Caraquet (NB)

January 25, 2018
Théâtre L’Escaouette, Moncton (NB)

January 10 – 26, 2019
Cercle Molière, Winnipeg (MT)

June 1 – 9, 2019
Magnetic North Festival, Vancouver (BC)

Awards and nominations


Nominations (Category: Large Theatre)

Outstanding Production : Théâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Direction : Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-Denis
Outstanding Original Script : Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-Denis
Critics Choice Innovation : Esther Duquette & Gilles Poulin-Denis


Coproduction 2PAR4, Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts & Théâtre la Seizième
Text and Drection Esther Duquette, Gilles Poulin-Denis
Assistant Direction Édith Patenaude
Cast 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
Dramaturgic adivisor Philippe Ducros
Artistic advisor Craig Holzschuh


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