Theatre francais de Toronto to Present Mani Soleymanlou's UN (ONE), 11/27-12/1
Théâtre français de Toronto is proud to present Un (One), the hit autobiographical story of Iranian actor and playwright Mani Soleymanlou. A brilliant intimate piece, Un opens at the Berkeley Street Theatre on November 27 and runs to December 1.
Torn by exile. Leaving one's country is one thing. But with time, things get complicated when one discovers little by little the gap between what has become and those who continue to live in the country. This is precisely the kind of feelings facing Mani Souleymanlou, the play's protagonist.
After studying at The National Theatre school, the Toronto-raised playwright decided to write about his own experience growing up in Canada as the son of Iranian immigrants. Un is a coming-of-age and a coming-to-terms story where Mani Soleymanlou seeks an answer to a question that's been on his mind all his life: "How can you feel Canadian and still be one with where you come from?"
Written, directed and performed by Mani Soleymanlou. Co-director: Alice Ronfard; Soundscape: Larsen Lupin; Lighting: Erwann Bernard; Set: Mani Soleymanlou; Production Director: Catherine Lafrenière.
Un was presented at Montreal's La Chapelle last fall and over one hundred times, in both French and English, in Canada, New York and Paris.
Orange Noyée (drowned orange) is a brand new creation theatre company, founded in 2011 by Mani Soleymanlou. The company takes its name from a Persian tradition. During the celebration of the Iranian New Year, we find among the various elements decorating the house, a bowl of water with an orange floating in it. Th Earth (orange), suspended in the universe (water). The name Orange Noyée evokes the drowning of the Earth in its universe, its space-time. Un is the first creation of the company.
A production of Orange Noyée in coproduction with La Chapelle and the Théâtre du Grand Jour.
Tickets: Adults: $44 to $48 | Seniors (65 and over): $37 to $41| Under 30 and ArtsWorkers: $30
Wednesday Pay What You Can - Saturday $20 Rush Tickets (purchase at the door, 1 hour prior to performance, cash only).
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