Down from Heaven

By Colleen Wagner
September 24  to October 3, 2009, at the Monument National’s Studio Hydro-Québec

Photo credit: Patrick Charron

…possibly my favourite of the season thus far […] From her first line the mood was set and my love for boutique theatre company Imago. […] After visiting the Centaur and a few other theatre houses this year, this play proved to be one of the better plays I have seen and could definitely give major productions a run for their money.
– The Plant

 Wagner’s play works as an excellent study of the breakdown of human relationships in times of crisis. […] This is a showcase of some truly great performances […] Director Alain Goulem did a great job in maintaining a consistent pacing and rhythm, getting the best out of his actors’ intense on-stage interactions. […] An early standout in Montreal’s theatre season, Down From Heaven is a must-see for all theatregoers.
– The Suburban

Leni Parker is riveting as the slowly deteriorating mother, […], Amelia Sargisson’s evolution from frightened and pouting adolescent to virago was developed so well that she had tragic stature by the finale. Chip Chuipka as Cheater gave a flawless portrayal of the disenfranchised […]. His performance was nuanced and mesmerizing. […] There are some fantastic resonances in this play. […] well worth the trip to the Monument. 
– The Rover

Set during a pandemic and food crisis, down from heaven explores the events that lead to the collapse of civil society, revealed through the lives of the wealthy Braumbachs and their former gardener, Cheater, now a member of a renegade security force. Under house quarantine in the basement of their luxurious home, the Braumbachs now rely on Cheater for their very lives. Laurel Braumbach, their sixteen-year old daughter, acts as go-between and enters the dark and convoluted world of Cheater, discovering in the process, some startling revelations about herself, and the man they have become dependent upon.

Cast: Chip Chuipka, Bruce Dinsmore, Leni Parker, Amelia Sargisson Creative team: Vincent Absi (Stage Manager), Alain Goulem (Director), James Lavoie (Set and Costumes), David Perreault Ninacs (Lighting), Troy Slocum (Sound)