Elsewhere

Elsewhere

January 24 – 27, 2019

An Odd Stumble production in association with Imago Theatre

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OR RESERVE THROUGH THE CENTAUR BOX OFFICE AT 514-288-3161

At the Centaur Theatre
453 St. François-Xavier
Metro Place-d’Armes

 

A crisis isn’t a crisis when it is Elsewhere…

Elsewhere, written by a young Venezuelan-Canadian woman, is the story of six people’s lives — their hope, resilience, resistance and survival — amidst the chaos and absurdity of the Venezuelan crisis.

A Grandmother reflects on her past, a Beauty Queen wonders how to feed her children, a Cop questions the violence around him, a Homeless Man begs God for food, a Teenager risks his life to join the fight for freedom, and a Venezuelan-Canadian woman looks on from afar, struggling with what is happening in a country she calls home.

All seek a way to move forward, grasping at remnants of a life they once knew; a life irrevocably changed by scarcity, greed and corruption. The play points at the fragility of systems we put our trust in, while asking us to consider why a crisis is never a crisis when it is Elsewhere.

 

a must-see show…illustrating the impact of political unrest on individual people”
– Montreal Rampage 

“Ross-Jones is magical”
Montreal Theatre Hub

CREATIVE TEAM 

click on the images to read the team’s bios

Cristina Cugliandro
Director 

Joy Ross-Jones
Performer & Playwright

Liv Wright 
Set and Costume Design

Amber Hood 
Lighting Design

HeatherEllen Strain
Stage Management

Joel Gorrie
Sound Design

René Orea 
Sound Design

Zachari Smith
Sound Design

Technical Director: Dave Surette

Assistant to the Technical Director: Vladimir Cara

Mask work consultation: Myrna Wyatt Selkirk

Mask Design: Mathiew René

Script developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

SHOW DATES
(BUY TICKETS HERE)

Thursday January 24 at 7:30pm
Friday January 25 at 7:30pm
Saturday January 26 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday January 27 at 3:00pm

Tickets:

Regular Tickets: $20
For groups of 10 or more: $15

(Call Imago Theatre at
514-274-3222 for group reservations)

Pay-What-You-Decide
tickets available at the door

Tickets and reserved seating are not guaranteed with
Pay-What-You-Decide.

To purchase your ticket in advance and/or to support
the Pay-What-You-Decide program

CALL THE CENTAUR BOX OFFICE AT 514-288-3161

 

CREATIVE TEAM 

click on the images to read the team’s bios

Cristina Cugliandro
Director 

Joy Ross-Jones
Performer & Playwright

Liv Wright
Set and Costume Design

Amber Hood
Lighting Design

HeatherEllen Strain
Stage Management

Joel Gorrie
Sound Design

René Orea
Sound Design

Zachari Smith
Sound Design

Technical Director: Dave Surette

Mask work consultation by Myrna Wyatt Selkirk

Mask Design by Mathiew René

Script developed in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

Photo credits: Louise Verdone

WHY THIS PLAY? WHY NOW?

 

A NOTE FROM VENEZUELAN-CANADIAN JOY ROSS-JONES 

The Venezuelan crisis has been building slowly ever since I was a child in Caracas. It slipped into focus: more kids on the street begging for food, the price of lunch at school creeping upwards, the increased frequency of protests, and the wider spread of barrios (favelas, slums) on the mountains surrounding our city. And more and more, all that people talked about was politics. When I left the country to study here in Montreal, these things continued to get worse, and worse, and worse…until I thought it could get no worse without some sort of implosion, or CIA-backed coup, or civil war. And while I think we might now be closer to one of these options, the crisis continues seemingly impossibly, to worsen.

In 2013 the crisis exploded (imagine – starvation, skyrocketing inflation, record homicide rates, guns everywhere, fear, hate…). In 2016, spurred by the severity of living conditions in my home country, I asked Cristina Cugliandro, (Odd Stumble’s Artistic Director and an Artistic Associate at Imago), to direct what would become Elsewhere.

In Elsewhere we meet Venezuelans struggling to maintain positive dispositions under rapidly worsening conditions. While the characters are mostly able to find the hope and love they need to survive from day to day, the energy to hope and love, for some, is finite.

Venezuela is not the only country where people are struggling, and suffering, and dying. I want to give Venezuelans, and people in Montreal from other countries in crisis, a chance to express their grief and frustration.

Why Elsewhere? Why now? I had to do something.

 

A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR AND CO-CREATOR CRISTINA CUGLIANDRO

I am surprised at how comfortable and safe people feel in Canada, as though we are untouchable. We have seen, over and over, how easily and how quickly a stable and affluent country can fall. The crisis in Venezuela is yet another rude awakening. Many questions come to mind. What can I do? Why isn’t my country helping? How much can my country help? But foremost on my mind is this: Why do we continue to support and perpetuate certain social, environmental, and economic systems we now know lead us towards collapse? How can a democracy so easily turn into a dictatorship? What is it about our experience and position in Canada that imbues us with this false sense of security? Are we really that far away from Venezuela’s situation?

Elsewhere has held us captive over these last two years. Its continued creation is a result of this unfolding crisis. As we watch the rise, once again, of fascist ideologies around the world, Elsewhere questions our humanity, empathy, and what it means to survive. We are reminded that a crisis never only remains elsewhere.

 

ABOUT THE CRISIS IN VENEZUELA

Photo credit: Ronaldo Schemidt, Venezuela Crisis, Winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2018


In 2013, Venezuela’s economy collapsed alongside the international fall in the price of oil. This led to skyrocketing inflation, mass social unrest, police repression, violence, and a mass exodus estimated at four million people in 2018. The Venezuelan government’s facade of socialism has moved toward dictatorship. Residents struggle to find food and medical supplies, children become malnourished and infants die. Those who speak out against the government are at times abducted, tortured and, in certain circumstances, killed. On September 11th 2018, CBC’s The National reported on these issues in Venezuela as part of their top stories. On September 26th, 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will be joining other South American countries to sign a formal request to the International Criminal Court for an investigation into Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro government.

Elsewhere is current and vital. It incites awareness and conversation about the descent of “Latin America’s richest country” to “most dangerous country in the world.” Elsewhere reminds us that we must never turn a blind eye.

ABOUT ODD STUMBLE

Founded in London, England, Odd Stumble is a politically engaged theatre collective whose core artistic work is based out of Montreal. Odd Stumble produces new works and also initiates projects that respond to current events with improvisation and devised collaboration as creation methods. With a penchant for the odd, experimental and physical, the company works laterally with artists of various disciplines to explore diverse forms of narrative. Politically relevant stories, theatre design elements (set, lights, and sound), and unique performance spaces, are central to the company’s creation approach.

Odd Stumble is committed to feminist practices and works closely with artists of diverse backgrounds and artistic disciplines to collaboratively create theatrical experiences that nourish artistic development and engage audiences on a visceral level.

Thank you to Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal for the support of Elsewhere‘s text:

Trigger Warnings

Here at Imago, we believe strongly in the audience member’s experience and the opportunity to be moved, transformed, and surprised by the stories they see on stage. To that end, when publicizing our works, we want to avoid giving away the plot points and twists that may provide those very experiences. That said, we are sensitive to the fact that there are some themes and events that may cause particular distress to some of our audience members. If there are certain topics, production elements such as lighting techniques, or allergies that you are aware may cause you distress or compromise your health  and you’d like to speak to an Imago Theatre team member to find out more about a show before you book, you can call the Office at 514-274-3222 or email us at info@imagotheatre.ca.

Thank you to our incredible supporters who have made this project possible.