Theatre Inconnu continues it’s 2017 all-Canadian season in celebration of our country’s 150th birthday with this rediscovered treasure!
Nimchuk’s adaptation of Czech novelist Jaroslav Hašek’s 1923 great anti-war satire was a model of experimentation in the early heyday of Canada’s alternative theatre movement when it was first produced by Toronto Workshop Productions in 1969. Hašek died having completed only four volumes of his planned six-volume masterpiece, but Nimchuk has expertly woven together highlights from this work in such a way that we are immediately flung into the constantly evolving story of Joseph Schweik, with a momentum that refuses to abate. Schweik is either an idiot or a genius, and we are never sure if his survival and success are the result of the former or the latter. As with other great comic characters he remains oblivious to approaching doom, and it is this ignorance that proves his greatest ally. Schweik’s escapades with the army and with the established church represent Hašek’s indictment of both institutions, and – as is the case with most long-standing institution – his observations ring as true today as they did almost a century ago.
“Clarity, charm and great style… daring.” Globe and Mail (1969)
Directed by Don Keith
Staged Managed by Kathy Macovichuk
Costumes by Pearl Arden
Props by Maureen Colgan
Sound and projection design by Don Keith
Cast (alphabetically): Anton Brakhage, Kara Flanagan, Julie Gray, Pati-Ann Lawe, Justin Muirhead, Ken Yvorchuk.
Through TICKET ROCKET: ticketrocket.co or 250-590-6291 (surcharge will be added).
Directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234 or by Email (no surcharge).
Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu.
Ticket prices: $14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Sept 26 – Preview is $7
Tuesday Oct 3 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission
The show is about 90 minutes long, including one intermission.
Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.