by Mishka Lavigne
Directed by Éric Perron
The sensation of having veered off the path. Of being asleep with your eyes wide open. Of being erased and slowly drained of colour. Of being a copy of a copy of a copy… Of being left to wander out in the cold. The sensation of your flaws being exposed, bit by bit, in a photo-bath.
Albumen delves into the existential sensations and harmful co-dependencies of Jessa, a talented artist who abandoned her craft to work in an office and to model for her former mentor, photographer Danielle. In a ritual of sorts, Jessa gives blood every 56 days, in order to give her life meaning. At the clinic, she meets nurse and lover Lucas—both he and Danielle corner Jessa to reveal the things she’s running from, pushing her to her breaking point. Non-linear and poetic, Albumen creates a world of tension between mystery, sex and pain and dives into Jessa’s emotional world with true expressionism.
MAINSTAGE SERIES world premiere production
March 14 – 23 at Arts Court Theatre
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
Performances Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Matinee on March 23 at 2pm
Mishka Lavigne – Playwright
Éric Perron – Director
Jess Preece – Stage Manager
Nicholas Leno – Assistant Director and Production Manager
Andrée Rainville – Actor
Mitchel Rose – Actor
Margo MacDonald – Actor
Benoit Brunet-Poirier – Set and Lighting Designer
Judith deBoer – Costume Designer
AL Connors – Sound Designer
This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Festival Policy.
Mishka Lavigne is a playwright, translator and dramaturg based in Ottawa/Gatineau. Her plays have been developed, read, or produced in Canada, the United States, France, Germany and Switzerland. Her play Havre was recently produced at La Troupe du Jour in Saskatoon and at the Poche/GVE in Geneva. The German-language translation of the play, Hafen, was also rewarded with the Best Play prize at the Primeurs Festival in Saarbrücken. Albumen is her first English-language play. Mishka is presently playwright-in-residence of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre, developing her new play Shorelines.
Éric Perron holds an MFA in Stage Direction at the University of Ottawa. He recently directed Daniel Danis’ Cendres de cailloux as a site-specific performance in municipal libraries of the Ottawa valley and he directed Philippe Landry’s On verra at the Théâtre du Trillium which won Production of the Year at the Rideau Awards in 2016. He is currently working on the community-oriented project Faites comme chez vous with Théâtre la Vieille 17 and Théâtre de Dehors, and working on his new creation Rives. In 2015, he shared the FATFC’s Creation Prize with Mishka Lavigne to develop Copeaux, a movement-based poetic theatre creation, due to come to life in 2020. Éric is the co-artistic director of the Théâtre de Dehors with Sariana Monette-Saillant.
Margo MacDonald is a multi-award-winning actor and playwright who’ll be familiar to Ottawa audiences from her work with A Company of Fools, The Gladstone, undercurrents, and GCTC. For the past three years she has been touring her solo play, The Elephant Girls, to sold out audiences both nationally and internationally.
Andrée Rainville is an actress and circus artist, graduate from U of O in Theatre and French Literature. She performed for a variety of companies and corporate events, plays, cabarets or circus numbers with Théâtre La Catapulte, Théâtre du Belvédère, Théâtre de l’Île, Creations in Vivo, Look-up Aerial Arts and Cirque du Soleil. She won the 2015 Best Actress at the Rideau Awards for her performance in Cinéma by Mishka Lavigne, co-production Théâtre La Catapulte/ Théâtre du Belvédère. She is thrilled to be part of Albumen’s family.
Mitchel Rose is a four-time Prix Rideau Award nominee, co-artistic director of the award winning Aplombusrhombus Collective and a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France. Some of his favourite theatre credits include The Nose with Bruiser in Northern Ireland, A Midsummer Nights Dream with A Company of Fools and Swan River with Skeleton Key.
Benoit Brunet-Poirier is a graduate of the théâtre program at The University of Ottawa. For the past ten years, he has been working as a lighting designer, set designer and projection design. Travelling has always been a passion for Benoit, so when given the opportunity to travel for work, he took it! Lately, he has been on tour for many months at a time, with Ex Machina and Robert Lepage. He is very happy to participate in Tactics with Albumen!!
AL Connors’ recent sound design credits include You are Happy and How Black Mothers Say I Love You at the GCTC, for which he won a Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Design in 2018. He also directed 2018’s Best New Creation award winner, High School High, at the Ottawa Fringe and won a 2018 Canadian Comedy Award for Crush Improv’s 10th Anniversary Special. AL had a pretty good 2018.
Judith deBoer is a multi-skilled, interdisciplinary artist. Her work has focused primarily on costume design, fashion design, photography, painting and drawing. She enjoys experimenting and collaborating on projects that challenge her artistically. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Design Program. Currently, she exhibits her paintings and art works in the region and copies are available at several retail stores. Judy teaches Costume Design at the University of Ottawa. This spring she is pleased to be working with the creative team of Albumen.
Jess Preece is an Ottawa based Stage Manager and Designer who is grateful for the opportunities that have taken her across the country for work. Her work encompasses many areas; however, Stage Management, Props Design, and Scenic Painting are her primary focuses.
Nicholas Leno is a director, creator, and producer who lives in Ottawa. He is the festival director of the Fresh Meat Festival and Company Administrator for a Company of Fools. His work has been programmed by the Undercurrents Festival, Ottawa Storytellers, CSart Ottawa, In the Soil Arts Festival, and the Kick and Push festival.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the creation and presentation of Albumen.