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A portrait of André Brassard

September 5 to 30, 2023
Théâtre de Quat'Sous (Montreal)

November 5 to 16, 2024

Théâtre de Quat'Sous (Montreal)

AB is an old man with a disability who lives alone in an apartment cluttered with mementos, memories, and trash. Talking and interacting with others were a vital part of this renowned director’s life, but now AB lives in solitude and silence, a prisoner of a body which no longer serves him. He spends his days wheelchair bound, sitting in front of a computer – his only window to the outside world.


Like Krapp, in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, AB turns to self-examination. He listens to recordings he’s made over the course of his life, a kind of audio diary, and searches for what might be the pivotal moment of his lifetime, before recording a final tape. 

seem. What is the sacred fire AB wants to pass on?

To bring water to a simmer, you need a cover and boiling hot water. To make water boil, you need fire.
To start a fire, you need all kinds of things, actually. Like when we perform.

Written and Directed by Olivier Choinière
Performed by Violette Chauveau

Dramaturgy Andréane Roy
Assistant Director Stéphanie Capistran-Lalonde
Costumes Elen Ewing assisted by Fany Mc
Lighting design Claire Seyller
Sound design Éric Forget
Video Pierre Laniel
Props Nadine Jaafar
Makeup Justine Denoncourt-Bélanger
Production Director Vanessa Beaupré
Technical Director Jenny Huot
Chief Machinist and Stage Manager Jérémie Roy
Administrative Director Mélodie Couture
Communications Isabelle Mandalian and Ariane Fontaine
Booking Agent Ginette Ferland
Press Relation RuGicomm
Illustration Lino
Promotional photo and teaser Sandrick Mathurin

Photos of the show Valérie Remise


Produced by L’ACTIVITÉ, a co-presentation with le Théâtre de Quat’Sous

This project benefited from a writing residency from the Théâtre les gens d’en bas

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