Thursday,November 3, 20168 p.m.
Friday,November 4, 20167 p.m.
Saturday,November 5, 20164 p.m.

Théâtre Aux Écuries
7285 rue Chabot
Montréal (Québec) H2E 2K7
Téléphone : 514 328-7437
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Paul Zaloom (United-States)
www.zaloom.com/

Adult audiences, 16 years +

A: 27$  R: 21$ et 24$  

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A: adults | R: discount *
* 30 years or younger: $24 / Students: $21 / Group rates (15 tickets +) : $19. For group rates, please contact the Théâtre Aux Écuries box office at 514-328-7437.
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The Friday, November 4 performance will be followed by a discussion with IRIS (Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques) researchers.

Brief video presentation

This solo performance (presented in French and in English) is an exceptionally timely response to the current conversation about immigration and identity. With expertise, intelligence and quirky humour, Paul Zaloom exposes the out-of-hand socio-political sideslipping afflicting the planet.

In the first part of this two-part puppet show, Paul Zaloom introduces Mr. Butch Manly, a ventriloquist dummy who has been packed away in a box for 50 years. As the actor updates the dummy on current affairs, the dummy learns that things have changed significantly over the past 50 years… Paul Zaloom then goes on to recount the adventures of White-Man, an intergalactic Caucasian hero that has come to civilize Earth. After generously improving the lives of the “Indigenous” population, he becomes a philanthropist Santa Claus that kicks “aliens” out of the United States and combats socialism. He finally realizes with shock that white folks will become a minority in the U.S. in 2040. What will White-Man do? Video teaser

 

During their Montréal visit, Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries will lead a puppetry workshop where participants will create a 5-minute paper theatre piece.

Trainers: Lynn Jeffries and Paul Zaloom
Date and Time: 10 am, October 31st, 2016, to 5 p.m., November 2, 2016
Location: Théâtre Aux Écuries
Language: French and English
Participants: 12
Price: $125 (incl. taxes and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

 

Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries will also present their feature-length, paper theatre animated movie DANTE’S INFERNO, directed by Sean Meredith. The projection will be followed by a question and answer period.
Video teaser

Synopsis

Dante’s Inferno is a subversive, darkly comedic update of the original 14th century literary classic. Set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls and the U.S. Capitol, the story is retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets. This unusual travelogue takes viewers on a tour of hell, fittingly populated with a contemporary cast of reprobates, including famous — and infamous — politicians, presidents, popes and pimps. And the Prince of Darkness himself.

Sporting a hoodie and a hangover from the previous night’s debauchery, Dante (voiced by Dermot Mulroney) wakes to find he is lost — physically and metaphorically — in a strange part of town. He asks the first guy he sees for help: The ancient Roman poet Virgil (voiced by James Cromwell). As our paper Dante spirals down through the nine circles of hell, he comes to understand the underworld’s merciless machinery of punishment, emerging a new man destined to change the course of his life. But not, of course, the brand of his beer.

DANTE’S INFERNO (animated movie for adults, 76 min, 2007)
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at 6.30 p.m.
Concordia University
Concordia Engineering and Visual Arts Building
1515 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Montréal, QC  H3G 2W1
Free – Reservations: mark.sussman@concordia.ca

Information: info@casteliers.ca

 

PHOTOS

© Mark Brutsché

THE COMPANY

An American object theatre pioneer, Paul Zaloom is a puppeteer and political satirist that stands out in the politically correct American environment. He has performed his shows around the world and received many awards (OBBIE, BESSIE, American Theater Wing Design Award, L.A. Weekly Theater Award and Guggenheim Fellowship). Zaloom is also known for his role as the wild and woolly scientist Beakman on the science education cult classic, Beakman’s World.

Writer, scenographer, puppet designer and dramaturge Lynn Jeffries is a longtime puppet theatre performer. She and Paul Zaloom worked together on The Mother of All Enemies, The Abecedarium and White Like Me: a Honky Dory Puppet Show, as well as on the feature film Dante’s Inferno (For the projection see details above).

 

 

 

CREDITS

Story and Stage Direction: Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries
A Paul Zaloom and Lynn Jeffries Production
Direction and Additional Writing: Randee Trabitz
Stage Construction: Sandy Adams
Figure Design and Construction: Conrad Hartz