Videographer : Mariana Frandsen
Six friends gather at a site of their shared childhood: They drink, they laugh, but most importantly, they admit things they’ve never before had the courage to say. In a time where the heroes of the past exist less and less, the young women must support each other as they independently become the heroes they need. Inspired by the seemingly incomprehensible decision of their friend, the girls make a pact to shed their traumas and bad habits and start afresh. With the honesty and intimacy of a death bed, Clean Slate allows the audience to eavesdrop on a brave, messy, and above all authentic portrait of millennial sisterhood.
This translation is commissioned and developed by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Cole Foundation Emerging Translator program.
CKUT Interview with Director Lesley Baker, click here.
Graduate in performance at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Montreal (2013), Catherine Chabot is the author of Table rase in collaboration with Brigitte Poupart, Vicky Bertrand, Marie-Anick Blais, Rose-Anne Déry, Sarah Laurendeau and Marie-Noëlle Voisin. Clean Slate is the winner of the best original text submitted by the Quebec Association of Theater Critics (AQCT / 2016) and Dans le champ amoureux is winner of the CEAD Prize for the most promising text (Zone Homa, 2015).
During the summers of her undergrad degree, Jennie worked as a guide at the Grand Pré National Historic Site, giving tours on Acadian history in French to visitors from around the world. Language and theatre are her first loves. Following her undergrad, she completed a one-year acting conservatory program at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. And then she moved to Montréal, where she studied French literature and Hispanic literature for a year at McGill University. Most recently, She completed a master’s in Translation Studies at Concordia.
Maureen Labonté is a dramaturge, translator and teacher. She has coordinated a number of play development programmes in theatres and play development centres across the country including at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) in Montreal, the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. Maureen Labonté has translated more than thirty-five Quebec plays into English. Her translation of And Slowly Beauty by Quebec City director and playwright, Michel Nadeau, published by Talonbooks (Vancouver), was shortlisted for the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Translation. Her adaptation of Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid was part of the Stratford Festival’s 2016/17 season.
Artistic director of newly formed company The Bakery, Leslie has worked internationally as a creator, teacher, performer and movement coach since the 1990’s. She works in traditional theatrical arenas as well as in-situ performance installations. She is devoted to the use of the body, visual and aural signifiers in performance communication. She has toured her devised interdisciplinary creations internationally to performance festivals. Her solo-creation, Fuck You! You Fucking Perv!, was presented at Le Théâtre La Licorne in October 2016. She has taught the Six Viewpoints and a physical approach to acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, Concordia University, Studio 303, University of Costa Rica, amongst others.
Katey Wattam is an emerging director of mixed settler and Anishinaabe ancestry based in Montreal. After completing an Honours B. A. in Drama & Theatre at McGill University, she founded MoonCow Theatre Co., which was nominated “Most Promising English Company” at the Montreal Fringe Festival for her direction of David Gow’s Cherry Docs. In 2017-2018 with the support of the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) mentorship program, she directed Jovette Marchessault’s Night Cows, which currently being restaged at short feminist works festival Revolution They Wrote in Montreal, and this summer at Toronto Fringe. Katey is part of Black Theatre Workshop's 2018/2019 Artist Mentorship Program as a Director/Theatremaker.
HeatherEllen Strain is a Montreal based Stage Manager. She is originally from Vancouver, BC and just graduated with a BFA from Concordia University’s Design for the Theatre program. Her focus is on stage management, as well as sound design. Most recently she was Stage Manager for Concordia University’s The Tempest, Stage Manager for Sermo Scomber's production Don't Read The Comments, Apprentice Stage Manager with Repercussion Theatre Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet, Apprentice Stage Manager for The Segal Centre’s performance of Once, and Stage Manager on Imago/Oddstumble's production of Elsewhere.
Based in Montreal, Isabel was a participant of the 2014-2015 Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program. She is also a graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Production Program. Most recently, Isabel worked on Centaur Theatre’s Choir Boy. Having recently toured to Toronto, she will also be headed to Vancouver for Tashme Productions’ The Tashme Project: The Living Archives. Other upcoming projects include The Autism Monologues for La Tigressa Productions.
Graduated from the Production Program of the National Theatre School, Charlotte works mainly as a Stage Manager, Production manager and Tour Manager. She has collaborated, amongst others, with TransThéâtre, À tour de Rôle, L’Activité, Qui Va Là, HUB Studio, La Manufacture and Espace Go. In the past years, Charlotte has been collaborating on a regular basis with Les productions Hôtel-Motel and l’Opéra de Montréal, and has toured nationally and internationally with Ex Machina.
Cleopatra Boudreau is an actress, writer, and creator who grew up in the neighborhood of Riverdale, Toronto, but now resides in Montreal. As a mixed-race Euro/Nigerian, she seeks to tell the stories of women not seen on the stage before, challenging what we think to be true and vulnerable in ways that audiences can connect to. Much of her theatrical work includes projects she has co-created, merging the roles of performer and storyteller. Cleopatra's recent theatrical credits include Smackhead (We Are One), Fragments of Her Rising (Revolution They Wrote), MILK (Arena Festival for the Arts--Germany) and Stendhal X’s adaptation of God of Carnage. Her film and television productions include The Bold Type (Freeform) and Bellevue (CBC).
Rebecca trained at the National Theatre School of Canada and is thrilled to be performing in her hometown of Montreal again. Currently based in Toronto, she is also a writer, having produced a workshop of her first play Birds in Toronto last year. She is currently developing a new play through the Black Ink Collective. Most recently, she assistant directed The Wolves at Crows Theatre. Selected acting credits include: The Madness of George III, Dracula, Our Town (Shaw Festival), and Harry The King (Repercussion Theatre). Selected film credits: Blue Moon (Aetios/ Illico), and Demain Des Hommes (Radio-Canada.)
Michelle Langlois-Fequet grew in a small community on the Lower North Shore of Quebec called Old Fort Bay. Living in such a remote area there wasn't much in terms of theatre except for Geordie Productions who made a yearly school tour. Michelle has lived in Montreal since 2007. She has a DEC in Theatre from Dawson College and a BAC in Fine Arts: Theatre from Concordia University. After working in independent theatre and on film productions in Montreal, Michelle is excited to be working with Talisman Theatre and the talented team behind Clean Slate.
A graduate of the Dawson Professional Theatre Program and alumnus of the Black
Theatre Workshop AMP (Artist Mentorship) Program, Gita Miller has appeared in
Centaur Theatre’s hit production Successions, where her performance garnered her 2
META (Montreal English Theatre Awards) nominations, and the award for Outstanding Supporting Performance – Actress. Recently she has performed with Tableau D'Hote Theatre in Blackout, and returned to the Centaur for the reading of the hit Balconville. Gita has also appeared in national ad campaigns for Fido, Yahoo and Exports Development Canada, worked on her first video game project for GameOn, and appeared in televisions series Real Detective and The Bold Type.
Kathleen completed her BFA with specialization in Theatre Performance at Concordia University and toured Quebec and Eastern Canada with Geordie Productions. She completed her MA in Classical Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and studied at the Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia. She appeared in her one woman show The Psychology of Plants at The Shortstanding Festival this past winter. Recently she appeared in Denis Villeneuve's summer blockbuster The Story of Your Life, as Imogen in Cymbeline (Les Foules'), and as Geena D in Boxed and Bagged at the Bush Theatre. She was the voice for the videogame Cars (Slightly Mad Productions). Kathleen won the 2013 UK Monologue Slam's LA Edition with the self-penned piece The Fernsdale Wyoming Spelling Bee Competition. She has also toured throughout Austria with Vienna's English Theatre with a French production of Moliere's L'Ecole Des Femmes.
Since graduating from the Acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Julie has been seen performing in French and in English on stages across the country. She is a two times Jessie Richardson Awards winner ( Outstanding performance for Selfie and Outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role - Large Theatre for À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, both with Théâtre La Seizième) and she was the recipient of the Prix Power Corporation du Canada 2016 from La fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. Past Montreal credits include Straight Jacket Winter, Théâtre La Licorne and Trying to listen while not giving a fuck, Zone Homa.
Christian’s passion for drama and his natural affinity for the works of Shakespeare declared themselves early and influenced his training. After graduating with Distinction from Concordia University in Honours English Lit and Creative writing, Christian went on to LAMDA in London, England, where he received a Master’s degree in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre in September 2015. Christian continues to write drama, fiction and creative non-fiction, and has written for short films and the stage.
Scenographer and multifaceted designer, Peter began his career as a puppeteer, and later as a lighting technician and set designer of the Compagnia Carlo Colla e Figli. He later collaborated with many directors, such as Peter Greenway, Moni Ovadia and Robert Wilson, and he designs the staging for Steve Mc Curry's exhibitions. In recent years he has designed striking productions of art exhibitions in Italy for clients such as Il Sole 24 ore Culture, Civita, Giunti, Contrast, Sugar international music, Change peforming Arts, the Spoleto Festival, Triennale of Milan, and Abitare il Tempo.
Cedric has designed the lighting and scenography for more than sixty productions on the Montreal stage in theater, dance and opera. He also designed several projects abroad, particularly in South America, Europe and Asia. Fascinated by architecture and theories of space, his lighting designs break with all forms of naturalism in favor of an exploration of rhythm and composition as his recurrent collaboration with director Angela Konrad demonstrates. Alongside his design practice, he works as an instructor, coach, and evaluator for various educational institutions. He is also a researcher at the Hexagram Media Arts Research Center where his projects focus on the materiality of light, perception and architecture.
Sophie El Assaad is a multi-award winning theatre and visual artist. She grew up in the Middle-East and is currently based in Montreal, working as a costume and set designer. She is the recipient of 3 Montreal English Theatre Awards: Emerging Artist (2017) and Outstanding Costume Design (2017 and 2018). Sophie graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2015 and is an Alumni of the 2017/2018 Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. Some recent theatre credits include: set design for Blackout (Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, 2019); costume design for La Somnambule (Cabal Theatre, 2018), Romeo and Juliet (Repercussion Theatre, 2018), Les Bonnes ( Troisième Espace Théâtre/ Third Space Theatre, 2018), Tragic Queens (Cabal Theatre 2017), Invasive Species (Blue Ox Productions 2017), Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre, 2017).
Peter has been designing/engineering sound for theatre, dance, performance and art installations since 1980. He began his career in Italy, working for 10 years at the National Theatre of Rome (Teatro Argentina). Since then he has designed extensively for Robert Wilson including the theatrical works and he has worked with Peter Greenaway on the 100 Objects electro-acoustic prop-opera performance as well as Wash and Travel, in collaboration AGON ArsMagnetica of Milan. Since returning to Montreal in the year 2000, Peter has continued working internationally and started collaborations with Canadian artists. He has worked at the Centaur Theatre since 2002 as head of sound and sound design. He also works at Concordia University in the Fine Arts, Performance Production team for Theatre, and Music and Dance departments.