What they're saying:
"It is brutal comedy. It is southern, gothic mysticism. It is the story of our lives, or perhaps the lives of our neighbours."
- Joe Fiorito, Toronto Star
Co-directors: Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith
Set & Costume designer: Teresa Prybylski
Lighting design: Andre du toit
Stage manager: Heather Thompson
Performers: Dean Filmour, Nina Gilmour, Ben Muir, Daniel Roberts, Michele Smith, Eli Ham, Julian De Zotti
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Contribution from Michael B. Decter Foundation at Toronto Foundation.
Christopher Reed Professional Corporation, The Fifth Business Inc., Montieth & Co. LLC.
As I Lay Dying
Theatre Smith Gilmour
Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents a darkly comic tour-de-force, in an original adaptation of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.
This southern gothic story chronicles the Bundren family's odyssey to bury their matriarch, battling floods, fire and their privae demons as calamity and chaos haunt their 40-mile funeral procession across Mississippi.
This vibrantly theatrical adaptation of one of the finest twentieth century novels features multiple narrator on a bare stage, a supremely versatile cast, and powerful movement-based physical theatre decised by Canada's masters of the genre, Theatre Smith-GIlmour.
Dean Gilmour and Mchele Smith met in 1978 while studying at the School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In 1980, they formed Theatre Smith-Gilmour and have since created 38 shows, 25 of which have been original plays. The company has toured across Canada several times and to 14 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Russia. Their work has been nominated for 35 Dora Awards (winning 10) and nominated twice for the Chalmers' Best Canadian Play Award.
IN THE NEWS
Anne Georg discusses As I Lay Dying on her blog. To read the article, click here.
Crossing the Stream (of Consciousness) of William Faulkner into Fertile Theatre Turf. Check out Stephen Hunts article by clicking here.
High Performance Rodeo: Gothic drama As I Lay Dying plays at Pumphouse, in the Calgary Herald January 11. To read the article, click here.
Louis Hobson covers As I Lay Dying in his Calgary Sun article on January 10. To read the article, click here.
Stephen Hunt's article Transforming Faulkner into Theatre Comes Naturally for Smith-Gilmour is hot off the press for your eyes to feast! To read the article, click here.