Montreal Theatre Hub previews Boys with Cars: “While none of the plotlines have happened to me, I think 13 years’ worth of thoughts, joys, rage, hair pulling frustrations -MY STORY- is embroidered into THESE stories.” – Anita Majumdar
Read on Montreal Theatre Hub’s website: Geordie Productions brings award-winning BOYS WITH CARS to Montreal Nov 24 – Dec 2
Geordie Productions brings award-winning BOYS WITH CARS to Montreal Nov 24 – Dec 2
WRITTEN, CHOREOGRAPHED AND PERFORMED BY ANITA MAJUMDAR, THE PRODUCTION IS GEORDIE’S BOLDEST TO DATE
November 6, 2017 – Camila Fitzgibbon
Forever setting the stage for inclusion and important reflection, Geordie offers Montreal teens and their families a chance to catch this fiercely relevant award-winning contemporary Canadian masterpiece
Without question, Geordie’s first public offering of the season is the company’s boldest to date. A play for teens, Boys With Cars examines the increasingly current and everyday topics of female empowerment, unchecked male priviledge and the critical discussions of rape culture and consent.
Written, choreographed and performed by the electrifying Anita Majumdar, the play tells the story of teens in a small Canadian town high school, told through the persona of two diametrically opposed female characters, both performed by Majumdar who recently won two of Toronto’s Dora Theatre Awards – one of Canada’s most highly regarded peer-assessed awards – for her original text and performance. “I keep waiting for Boys With Cars to become irrelevant. Every year, I think, ‘This is it’”, says Majumdar, who has been touring the show across the country to critical praise. “I use Indian dance as a kind of scaffolding that lets me tell stories about young women learning about patriarchy and privilege through the microcosm of high school” says Majumdar. “I write stories like these because I’m tired of seeing young men and women fear the word ‘feminism’ like it’s the new f-word.”
Commissioned by Nightswimming Theatre, in conjunction with Young People’s Theatre, Toronto and The Banff Centre, the production raises the stakes, weaved together with traditional Indian, Bollywood and hip-hop dancing. Director Brian Quirt says “Boys with Cars truly is a tour de force by Anita featuring dance, music, humour and great stories. Beyond the issues of consent, empowerment, gender and coming of age that it addresses so beautifully, it also speaks powerfully to the cultural dynamics of our country.”
Set in a British Columbian high school where cultures collide, women struggle for status, and dancing raises the temperature of every moment, the piece tells the story of Naznin, a classically trained Indo-Canadian dancer who struggles to balance her traditional heritage, her tumultuous relationships with boys, and realizing her dreams of leaving her small town for the bright lights of the city while dealing with her nemesis Candice, the local sweetheart. It is a coming-of-age piece with tremendous comic flourish and potent dances, that is at once bold and innovative while being wildly funny and engaging.
“The inception of this play began 13 years ago during my time at the National Theatre School of Canada. I performed the beginning ideas for an audience at the Monument-National theatre” reflects Majumdar, who returns to the Monument 13 years later to share the culmination of a journey. “Since then, a lot of people have assumed these stories are my story. While none of the plotlines have happened to me, I think 13 years’ worth of thoughts, joys, rage, hair pulling frustrations -MY STORY- is embroidered into THESE stories.”
Committed to showcasing powerful, diverse voices and telling stories seldom told, Geordie’s Artistic Director Mike Payette is honoured to have the company be the show’s ambassador here in Montreal. He says “The power of Anita’s script is intensely provocative. When I read it, the story stayed with me for many days, and that fueled the decision to give this remarkably unique production a home in Montreal. After seeing the show in Toronto at Young People’s Theatre, I knew that what I was watching was not only powerful, but also urgent in its desire to give young women a voice to explore challenging issues they face every day. I’m excited for Geordie to be bringing this ambitious show into our repertoire, and I look forward to the discussions between young people and adults about issues that are tragically inescapable in today’s world.”
Geordie Productions presents
Written, choreographed and performed by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Brian Quirt
Commissioned and produced by Nightswimming Theatre
with additional development support by Young People’s Theatre and The Banff Centre
Jackie Chau, Production Design | Rebecca Picherack, Lighting Design Christopher Stanton, Sound/Projection Design
Sandy Plunkett, Stage Manager | Brittany Ryan, Producer Amy-Susie Bradford, Production Manager
November 24 – December 2, 2017
Opening Night: November 24 at 7pm
Saturdays at 2pm, Thursday at 7pm
Le Monument National’s Studio Hydro-Québec
1182 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
Prices subject to taxes
Group rate (10 or more): 20% Off
Teenagers 13 and up & adults of all ages
75 minutes plus a 15-minute post-show talkback
BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION:
(514) 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca
Content advisory: explicit language (swearing and sex terminology)
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