You Will Remember Me
YOU WILL REMEMBER ME
From the play Tu te souviendras de moi by François Archambault • Translated by Bobby Theodore
Directed by Diane Brown • A Ruby Slippers Theatre Production
A wistful and wise drama about the unexpected and unforgettable.
February 2–11, 2017 • MainStage
You Will Remember Me is the compassionately told story of an aging intellectual beset with dementia, whose family splinters in their efforts to support him. As he is shuffled between frustrated caregivers, the resilient patriarch begins to reflect on how each of them will remember him after he passes away. Peppered with bittersweet humour, this is a deeply personal and moving new play by François Archambault, one of Québec’s most compelling writers.
“There's a kind of genius in You Will Remember Me. Director Diane Brown and her team do an excellent job with this script.”—Colin Thomas, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
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PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
February 2 - 11, 2017. Evening performances @ 8pm each night except Sunday and Monday. Matinee performances Saturday February 4 and Sunday February 5 @ 2pm; Tuesday February 7 @ 1pm. For a full calendar, please click here.
RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes, no intermission.
Full 2016/2017 Season Brochure: Download it here.
- The Georgia Straight (Colin Thomas): "There’s a kind of genius in You Will Remember Me"
- Vancouver Courier (Jo Ledingham): "The best part of You Will Remember Me is the discussion in the car on the way home and lingering long after"
- Broken Leg Reviews (Baird Blackstone): "McNulty’s acting is absolutely MUST-SEE for power, nuance and visceral honesty”
- The North Shore News: You Will Remember Me finds humour in difficult times
CAST (from left):
|Marci T. House||Isabelle|
|Heidi Wilkinson||Set and Prop Designer|
|Jessica Oostergo||Costume Designer|
|John Webber||Lighting Designer|
|Corwin Ferguson||Video Designer|
|Joelysa Pankanea||Sound Designer/Composer|
|Lois Dawson||Stage Manager|
|Alex Kirkpatrick||Apprentice Stage Manager|
ABOUT THE PRESENTING COMPANY:
Multi award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre is the only professional Vancouver Theatre Company mandated to produce French Canadian plays in English translation, which we have been doing for 26 years. For decades we have commissioned English translations of provocative Quebec works and/or produced their premiere productions here in Vancouver, fostering cross-cultural exchange and diversity. These highly acclaimed productions include After Me (Après Moi) by Christian Bégin translated by Leanna Brodie, You Will Remember Me by François Archambault translated by Bobby Theodore, Life Savers by Serge Boucher translated by Shelley Tepperman, The Winners by François Archambault translated by Shelley Tepperman, Down Dangerous Passes Road by Michel Marc Bouchard translated by Linda Gaboriau, The Leisure Society by François Archambault translated by Bobby Theodore. Other groundbreaking productions include The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson by Linda Griffiths, Communion and A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor, Trout Stanley by Claudia Dey, The Waiting Room by Lisa Loomer. Our goal is to promote independent critical thought, communion, and diversity. Find out more about Ruby Slippers on their website.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: François Archambault completed a major in French studies at the Université de Montréal and received a diploma in playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada.
His controversial play Cul sec (1993), portrayed disenchanted middle-class youths escaping from reality through dissolute sexuality. Si la tendance se maintient (1995, remounted in 2005), a blistering attack on the Québec referendum campaign, made audiences explode with laughter. The author, who also directed it, struck again with Les gagnants (1996, remounted in 2003), a play highlighting the inner emptiness of children from good families obsessed by success.
For 15 secondes (1997), created and self-administered by the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, the author received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 1998, and the creative team won the Masque de la Révélation and the award for private theatre production at the la Soirée des Masques in 1999. The play, the subject of several Canadian productions, was translated and produced in Edinburgh, Scotland; Essen, Germay; and read in Florence, Italy. In 1998, Archambeault's play Adieu beauté also won the Masque de la Production Régions.
From its inception, La Société des loisirs (2003), directed by Michel Monty, was a hit with audiences and critics. The awarding of the Masque by the Académie québécoise du théâtre in 2004 for best original text to Archambault and best male performance to Christian Bégin in 2004 confirmed its success. In 2005, the play was sold out in Montréal and on tour, and it was translated into English and produced in Toronto (2005), Calgary (2005) and Vancouver (2006).