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january 2017 | volume 151


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  Photo by Katherine Fleitas

by William Faulkner
Theatre Smith-Gilmour
Arts Club Theatre Company and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Jan. 19–Feb. 12
From $29
www.artsclub.com or 604-687-1644



Witness this classic novel come to life in a highly imaginative production where drama and dance intersect. The Bundren family embarks on a 40-mile funeral procession to bring their mother to a final resting place and fulfill her dying wish. Through their calamitous journey, each member struggles with the promises made to the departed, revealing secrets and confronting their own selfish desires along the way. Faulkner’s expressive characters leap from the stage to present a gripping and unforgettable examination of humanity—with all its virtues and vices.

Arts Club Artistic and Managing Director Bill Millerd says, “We’ve proudly partnered with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival again this season to show both our audiences how classic texts can be adapted for new terrain. The Goldcorp Stage is our most versatile and intimate venue; a perfect match for As I Lay Dying. The story is told solely through the actors’ innovative physicality and they share the narration of Faulkner’s rich text; I’m excited for audiences to experience this unique style of storytelling!”

PuSh Artistic and Executive Director, Norman Armour calls Theatre Smith-Gilmour, “A staple in the Toronto theatre scene” and refers to their adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying as “iconic, challenging, and epic.” He adds, “I’d venture to say that they are a signature company for a certain generation of devised theatre makers in Toronto. It’s long overdue that they are out here.”

“We have been touring around the world for 30 years and this is our fourth remount of As I Lay Dying,” says Theatre Smith-Gilmour Co-Artistic Director Dean Gilmour. “It has been our dream to perform in the PuSh Festival, so we are very excited and proud to be part of it this year. Our theatre is as much for the eyes as it is for the ears and our goal is to mobilize the audience’s imagination. Over the years, the story and the text of our adaptation continued to evolve and we’ve discovered that audiences love how our unique physical language gives value to William Faulkner’s words.”

“A physical-theatre tour de force” —The Globe and Mail

Starring Julian De Zotti (Darl/Samson), Dean Gilmour (Anse Bundren/Moseley/Reverend Whitfield/Quick), Nina Gilmour (Dewey Dell/Littlejohn/Lula), Eli Ham (Tull/Gillespie/MacGowan), Ben Muir (Jewel/Dr. Peabody), Daniel Roberts (Vardaman/Armstid/Cash Bundren/Vernon), Michele Smith (Addie Bundren).

Directors Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith, Set and Costume Designer Teresa Przybylski, Lighting Designer André du Toit, Stage Manager Heather Thompson.

Arts Club Theatre Company’s As I Lay Dying at the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue) from January 19 to February 12, 2017 (MEDIA OPENING: January 25).

Tuesday–Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm, Wednesday at 1:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm.

Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit artsclub.com.


The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com
Twitter: twitter.com/theArtsClub
Facebook: facebook.com/theArtsClub
Instagram: instagram.com/theartsclub
YouTube: youtube.com/ArtsClubVan



The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver's mid-winter festival presenting groundbreaking work in the live performing arts by acclaimed local, national and international artists. Catch startling, bold works of theatre, dance, multimedia and music. The 13th annual PuSh Festival takes place January 16 to February 5, 2017 at venues across Vancouver. The 2017 Festival includes works by artists and companies from 11 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Portugal, South Africa and South Korea. The 2017 Festival features over 150 performances and events over 20 days, including 21 Main Stage shows, and three weeks of performances at Club PuSh at The Fox Cabaret.


Co-Artistic Directors Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith met in 1978 while studying at the School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. In 1980, they formed the company and since have created 30 shows, 16 of which were original plays. The company has toured across Canada several times and to 14 countries throughout Europe and AsiaTheir work has been nominated for 24 Dora Awards (winning 5), as well as being nominated twice for the Chalmers’ Best Canadian Play Award.

Website: theatresmithgilmour.com
Twitter: twitter.com/theatreSG
Facebook: facebook.com/TheatreSmithGilmour
YouTube: youtube.com/user/theatresmithgilmour



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