Wildfire (2023)

From January 16-29, 2023
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Original French production by Homme Allumette, directed by Philippe Cyr

TEAM : More...
Text : David Paquet;
Translator : Leanna Brodie;
Director : Jon Lachlan Stewart;
Stage Manager : Ava Bishop.

PLAYERS : More...
Claudie, Carole : Julie Tamiko Manning;
Claudine, Caroline : Kathleeen Stavert;
Claudette, Clément : Davide Chiazzese.

Set and Costume Design : Odile Gamache;
Lighting Design : Cédric Delorme Bouchard;
Sound Design : Mykalle Bielinski.

SYNOPSIS : Opening with a curse from a strange baby, featuring a cast of socially offbeat characters, a caged child, a murderous pet tarantula and a dead cat, Wildfire is a tragicomedy as fiercely dark as any from classical Greece. Structured as a multi-generational triptych, it tells the story of six characters trying to escape a toxic family heritage. In this magnificently constructed spiral of fatality, Paquet attacks our failing collective consciousness and the ensuing general apathy.

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David Paquet, Playwright

David graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada's playwriting program in 2006. He has received numerous awards (Governor General's Award, Michel-Tremblay Award, Sony-Labou-Tansi Award, CTDA Playwright Award, Association Québécoise des Critiques de Théâtre Award, Jessie Award) and his work has been presented in more than a dozen countries in Europe and North America.

Leanna Brodie, Translator

Leanna is an award-winning actor, playwright, and translator whose passions include lifting up the stories and voices of women as well as championing a new generation of French-Canadian playwrights by transmitting their extraordinary theatrical visions into the English language. She won Vancouver's 2019 Jessie Award for Best New Play for her translation of David Paquet's The Shoe. She also won the Safewords National New Play Prize in 2018 for her translation of Olivier Sylvestre's The Paradise Arms.

Jon Lachlan Stewart, Director

Jon is a bilingual playwright, performer and director, and co-founder and artistic director of the Sterling award-winning company, Surreal SoReal Theatre, and has worked across Canada. Directing credits include Before Her Time: 3 Plays by Samuel Beckett, The Skriker, A Number, Shopping and Fucking, and The Woman Before (National Theatre School). Assistant directing credits include The Seagull and The Changeling (National Theatre School) What Where, The Zoo Story, Keeping Peace (Surreal SoReal Theatre), The Genius Code (Catalyst Theatre / Surreal SoReal), Guernica (Hidden Harlequin) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (asst director, Citadel Theatre), and the first Quebecois translation of Tracy Letts’Killer Joe (La Licorne staged reading, upcoming).

Philippe Cyr, original Director

Philippe Cyr is a graduate of the École supérieure de théâtre de l'UQAM and completed his master's degree in theater at UQAM. He co-found, l'Homme allumette in 2006, a theatre company dedicated to contemporary creation, and presented an adaptation of Jean-Paul Daoust's poetic text Les cendres bleues and Sarah Berthiaume's Selfie during a creative residency at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui. Philippe is now the general and artistic director of l'Homme allumette. He also created Le brasier (Wildfire) by David Paquet at the Centre du Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui, a show that was performed three times and toured the stages of the Maison de la culture de Montréal and elsewhere in Quebec. He is co-directed iShow (AQCT Award 2013 - best Montreal production) which is touring in Canada and France. He directed J'aime Hydro by Christine Beaulieu (AQCT Award 2017 - best Montreal production) which was presented at the FTA, Théâtre La Licorne, Usine C, Théâtre La Bordée, Théâtre Maisonneuve, and is on tour throughout Quebec and France. He regularly contributes to academic life at UQAM and the National Theatre School of Canada and he is an associate artist at Usine C.

Ava Bishop, Stage Manager

Ava Bishop is a Montreal-based stage manager. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School's Production Design and Technical Arts program. Selected Stage Management Credits: Jonathan: A Seagull Parable (Surreal SoReal Theatre/Geordie Theatre), The Future is Another Country (Boulouki Theatre), Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre), DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME (Northern Lights Theatre), Legends of Countr (Stage West Theatre).


Julie Tamiko Manning (Claudie, Carole)

Julie is an award-winning Montreal actor and theatre creator. Her first play, Mixie and the Halfbreeds, a play about mixed identity in multiple universes, was co-written with Adrienne Wong and is on the list 49 Plays by Women of Colour. Her second play, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, co-created with artist, Matt Miwa, is a verbatim one-act about the Japanese Canadian experience around the WWII internment camps, told through the childhood memories of community elders. Tashme received multiple META (Montreal English Theatre Awards) and Rideau Award (Ottawa) nominations including winning a META for Best Text. Julie is co-artistic director of Tashme Productions, is an associate artistic producer of Metachroma Theatre (whose mandate is to address the under-representation of visible minority actors in Canadian theatre), and is currently an acting mentor with Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program.

Kathleeen Stavert (Claudine, Caroline)

Kathleen holds an M.A. in Classical Acting from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK as well as B.F.A. Specialization in Theatre Performance from Concordia University. In London she won the UK Monologue Slam L.A. edition for her performance in a self-penned monologue entitled The Fernsdale Wyoming Spelling Bee Competition. Other selected credits include Imago Theatre’s production of Other People’s Children (Hanna Moscovitch) at the Centaur Theatre; the Austrian tour of Molière’s L’École Des Femmes (Vienna’s English Theatre); and the role of Imogen in Cymbeline (Les Foules, UK). This is her second show with Talisman Theatre, she played the role of Julie in Me & You.

Davide Chiazzese (Claudette, Clément)

After graduating from the Professional Theatre Program at John Abbott College, where he was awarded both the Karla Napier Scholarship and the Pamela Montgomery Award, Davide became an Artistic Associate of Teesri Duniya Theatre. During his time there, he performed in main stage productions, staged readings and began his training as a director by completing a comprehensive directing mentorship in collaboration with The Other Theatre’s Stacey Christodoulou. Davide was also invited to Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program in its inaugural year, as part of the directing program. Davide has also appeared in a number of commercials, television series and films such as The Lottery, Helix, Being Human and X-Men: Apocalypse.


Odile Gamache : Set and Costume Designer

Odile has been working on Montreal stages as a set and costume designer since 2013. Upon leaving the National Theater School of Canada, she allied herself with the director Félix-Antoine Boutin and together they founded the company of performing arts Creation dans la chambre. Focusing their research on the sacred, the private and the political in unusual settings, this year they are completing their eighth collaboration on the production Les larmes amères by Petra Von Kant, recently presented at the Prospero Theater. In addition to her company's activities, she designed the scenography for around forty dance and theater shows, including four under the direction of Philippe Cyr, with whom she has had a close collaboration since 2016, notably on Le brasier (2016-2019), Prouesses et épouvantables digestions du redouté Pantagruel (2018), Ce qu’on attend de moi (2017-2019) and, not forgetting, the documentary piece by Christine Beaulieu, J'aime Hydro (2016-2019) which still runs today through Quebec since its creation.

Cédric Delorme-Bouchard : Lighting Designer

Lighting designer, scenographer and director, Cédric Delorme-Bouchard has signed more than 150 designs for theater, dance and opera. His designs have been shown in more than fifteen countries between North America, South America, Europe and Asia. On the Montreal scene, we can note his recurring collaboration with renowned directors. As a stage director and artistic director of Chambre Noire, he directed the staging and design of Lamelles (Usine C, 2018 and Théâtre du Trillium, Ottawa, 2019), Dispositif (Tangente, 2019) and the opera Le vaisseau-cœur (Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2019). He is currently artist in residence at Usine C. In addition to his practice as a designer, Cédric has been a coach, internship supervisor and lecturer for various educational institutions including the National Theater School of Canada, UQAM, Concordia University, Show Business School as well as Cégep de Brébeuf and Cégep de Lanaudière.

Mykalle Bielinski : Sound Designer

Mykalle practices singing, theatrical interpretation, musical composition and poetic and scenic writing. Her works are sensory concerts between music, orality, spirituality and relational art and where the voice embodies a research on being and the sacred. In 2015, she created Gloria (Operaestate, La Chapelle Scènes contemporaines, Mois Multi, CAM en tour, PushOFF, Re: flux, OFFTA), a 360° multimedia solo sung in 6 languages, then Mythe in 2019 (Espace libre, Mois Multi, OFFTA) where a choir of women celebrates impermanence to reconcile us with our finitude. A graduate of UQAM in theatrical performance and intern at Eugenio Barba's Odin Teatret, she also collaborates as a musician, actress or sound designer with, among others, Mélanie Demers, Édith Patenaude, Véronique and Gabrielle Côté, Frédéric Blanchette, Jocelyn Pelletier, Philippe Cyr, hybris projects and many others.