by Margo MacDonald
Dramaturgy by Mary Ellis

With Sarah Finn, Richard Gélinas, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha and Kate Werneburg

Julie d’Aubigny Maupin—17th century French female sword-fighter, opera-singer, duellist— confronts an audience with the fascinating stories of her life and exploits, assisted by “fops” who take on the roles of all the other characters in her life. The story jumps back and forth in time—it is after Julie’s death; it is before—and from one location to another; the tragic intertwined with the beautiful. She replays and reinterprets her choices and actions, struggling with the question: is it better to have lived a good life than to have left behind a good story.

Sunday February 25 4pm – Arts Court – Library

Playwright/performer Margo MacDonald is a multi-award winning, highly respected veteran of the theatre scene in Ottawa, who has toured her work both nationally and internationally. Margo has created new work throughout her career, primarily through collaborative co-creation, but a few years ago she turned her talents towards playwriting. This has allowed her to focus more on sharing the stories she truly wants to tell; those little bits of lost history (especially women’s and queer history), which she finds fascinating and knows others will as well. Past work includes: Shadows (2010 Ottawa Fringe, Winner – Outstanding Overall Production, Fan Favourite, Best of Fest), The Elephant Girls (2015 Ottawa Fringe, Winner – Prix Rideau Awards: Outstanding New Work, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance and many more). Margo is a three-time winner of the Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Performance – Female: Iron (SevenThirty Productions), Fly Me to the Moon (GCTC); and The Elephant Girls.