Greater Sudbury’s two professional theatre companies, the
Sudbury Theatre Centre (STC) and Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO),
have been entertaining patrons since 1971.
Although they have occasionally co-operated throughout the decades, they have never actually created a piece
of theatre together. That is about to change as STC and TNO partner on a
coproduction for the very first time: Gilles Poulin-Denis’ Rearview as part of
both companies’ 45th anniversary 16|17 Seasons.
Rearview will be presented in its original French-language version at the TNO
Oct. 13 to 22, 2016. It will have its English-language world premiere at STC
Nov. 3 to 9, 2016. The production is directed by Geneviève Pineault, the
TNO’s Artistic Director. She will lead a creative team made up of artists from
both companies and, at STC, an on-stage studio theatre hybrid will be created
to mirror the intimacy of the TNO’s blackbox space.
Rearview, nominated for a 2010 Governor General Literary Award, takes place
on a Northern Ontario highway on the outskirts of civilization. 27-year old Guy,
played by local bilingual actor Ryan Demers, fixes his eyes on the road ahead
and keeps his foot on the gas. The speedometer is stuck so he doesn’t even
know how fast he’s driving. He has no idea where he is or where he’s
headed, but memories in the mirror are closer than they appear and the longer
he drives, the more he feels a need to figure out the troubling details about what
he’s running from.
“Since my arrival in Sudbury almost two years ago, I’ve had the pleasure of
meeting with Geneviève to talk about the city’s arts scene, shared challenges
and theatre in general,” says Caleb Marshall, STC’s Artistic Executive Director.
“We soon discovered we shared creative interests and explored what we could
do together to celebrate 45 years of professional theatre in Greater Sudbury.
Those discussions led to Rearview.”
“This is the type of project I’ve been itching to tackle for a while now,” adds
Pineault. “I initially heard about Gilles’ play when it was in development in
Saskatchewan about ten years ago and Caleb and I wanted the STC and TNO
to undertake a shared venture to celebrate our common milestone anniversary.
Since Gilles had been working on an English-language version of his play, I
brought it to Caleb’s attention. “
STC and TNO will unveil their upcoming seasons and new initiatives during the
next few weeks. STC’s season launch will be held on Apr. 13, 2016 at 7:30
p.m. The TNO’s will take place on May 12, 2016. Those interested in attending
either launch are asked to contact the respective company’s Box Office to book
their complimentary tickets.