from April 13th to May 1st
This monologue by Jennifer Tremblay, Governor General’s Performing Arts Award 2010, comes from Canada through La Brutal. A woman makes seemingly banal lists of things to do. Laia Marull is this woman, directed by the actress Allegra Fullton, protagonist of the original staging.
Work for an actress. A woman who dodges life. Short phrases that reveal her inner world, shape the plot and help us discover Her life and the reason for her remorse. A text of universal scope that reflects a society increasingly far from the essential, lost in daily obligations and disconnected from the simplest facts. A possibility of change. A story in list format.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE DIRECTOR
My first contact with Jennifer Tremblay’s work was in 2010, precisely with The List, winner of the Governor General’s Award, when I was asked to perform in the show at Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre. Then, in 2014, I performed her sequel, The Carousel, produced by the same theatre. Both shows were world premieres in English. And both, a great success, and led me to a deep understanding of Jennifer Tremblay’s theatrical voice.
Afterwards, the list has been translated into many languages and has been staged in many countries around the world, but so far it has not been premiered either in Catalonia or in Spain.
The list is a rigorous, demanding and attractive monologue that tells, in a poetic way, the story of one who suffers a terrible situation in our busy modern world. While she balances to make family life, marriage, duty and pleasure compatible, a fact calls into question her carefully constructed world. We will see how she has dismantled her assumptions about herself. Finally, her dilemma is a beautiful and captivating portrait of one of the facets of today’s woman. This role demands a great actress.
I have known Laia Marull for more than ten years. I met her when I was filming in Montreal and we became friends. Both being actresses, our conversation is often about the interesting worlds we are immersed in as performers, both indoors and outdoors. Having done three, I know that doing a monologue is one of the transition rites of every great actor, the experience being a great master, and certainly a way to grow as an interpreter. Knowing Laia’s work and her person, I think she’s at the perfect time to make this piece.
My interest in directing it lies, above all, in telling this fascinating story with this wonderful actress. To tell this story. To create with my colleague Laia. To make a beautiful work of art. I see this piece created with simplicity, with minimalist projections, sound and lighting on an almost naked stage, focusing on the performer and the text.
La llista de Jennifer Tremblay
Directed by : Allegra Fulton
With: Laia Marull
Translated from french by: Cristina Genebat
Director assistant: Mia Esteve
Costume and stage designer : Jose Novoa
Make up and hairstyle Designer:Paula Ayuso
Lightning designer: Mingo Albir
Audiovisual: Ramon Balagué and Kitiara Ferran (Minifilms)
Technical chief: Arnau Planchart
Costumes made by: Goretti Puente
Photography: Felipe Mena / Clàudia Costa
Produced by Teatre Lliure and La Brutal
Acknowledges: Anna Guix, María Jesús Bronchal, Isa Casanellas, Jennifer Tremblay, Kelly Thornton, Denyse Karn, Gloria Montero, David Fulton, Miguel Fulton, Rhys Fulton-Doyle, Andrew Tarbet and Clàudia Costa.
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