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preview imageTIDELINE
by Wajdi Mouawad
trans. Shelley Tepperman
neworldtheatre and
Touchstone Theatre
Roundhouse Community Centre
Nov. 8-24
604-231-7535 or
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neworldtheatre and Touchstone Theatre join forces to present the Canadian stage debut of theatre giant Zinaid Memisevic, appearing for the first time with his daughter Una Memisevic in the western Canadian premiere of Tideline. Father and daughter fled war-torn Yugoslavia in the wake of that country’s civil war in the mid- 90’s.

Tideline is the story of Wilfrid, a navel-gazing twenty-something with family from “somewhere else.” But when Wilfrid’s father passes away and the talking corpse demands to be buried in the place of his birth, his slacker son is swept up in the absurdities, contradictions and horrors of a global village at war. At once hilarious and horrifying, epic in scale and deeply personal, Tideline is an imaginative fable which echoes the playwright's Lebanese heritage.

Tideline (Littoral in the original French) is written by Lebanese-Québecois theatre artist and Governor General’s Award winner Wajdi Mouawad. Recently appointed Artistic Director of French Theatre of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Mouawad is this generation’s most internationally celebrated Québecois theatre-maker. In 2002, the French Government made Mouawad a Knight of the Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres for his contribution to French-speaking theatre. However, his work is rarely produced west of Toronto.

Called “intellectually challenging, emotionally engaging and artistically adventurous” by the Toronto Star, Tideline is a tale of war, exile and individual discovery.

Featuring a team of nationally acclaimed, award-winning artists:
Direction and Scenographic design: Camyar Chai and Katrina Dunn
Performers: Donald Adams, Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn, Almeera Jiwa, Una Memisevic, Zinaid Memisevic, Parnelli Parnes, Michael Scholar Jr. and Jonathon Young
Design: Jonathan Ryder (lights), Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh (costumes), Owen Belton (sound)
Stage Management: Robin Richardson, Lisa L’Heureux and Megan Gray


by Wajdi Mouawad | Translated by Shelley Tepperman

November 9 – 24, 2007 7:30 PM
Roundhouse Community Centre
Free preview November 8 – 7:30 PM
PWYC matinees November 11 & 18 – 4 PM | Regular Matinee November 24 – 2 PM

Tickets at / 604 231 7535  $26/$24/$15

neworldtheatre creates, develops, produces and tours new plays that reflect multiple facets of Canada's diverse populations. Recipient of 17 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (48 nominations), the 2007 Alcan Performing Arts Award, and the Canada Council Theatre for Young Audiences Award. Productions include Crime and Punishment, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, and Adrift on the Nile.

Touchstone Theatre exists to develop and present professional Canadian theatrical productions. It encourages explorations in content and form, and introduces new works to the public. Touchstone stimulates and develops public interest in an evolving Canadian cultural perspective.