You Nearly Missed: Théâtre la Seizième’s captivating “Maurice”

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      A new show explores the inner turmoil of a man learning to communicate after a stroke.

      On April 17, Théâtre la Seizième opens Maurice, based on the true story of Maurice Dancause. The show follows the struggles of an economist after his stroke, which left him in a coma for nine days and required three years of rehabilitation. Dancause finds himself disconnected from everything he once knew about communicating with the world, and his aphasia limits his speech.

      Each performance of Maurice offers a unique experience, as an audience member will be invited to participate in the play; their presence and empathy will be crucial in helping Dancause bridge the communication gap in this emotional experiment.

      “This show is human, this show is a party,” says French-Canadian playwright Anne-Marie Olivier in an interview with Théâtre la Seizième. “The form is simple and accessible, but you’ve probably never seen or experienced anything like it. I think you come away with a little something inside you that’s been transformed or enlightened.”

      Maurice is presented in French with English surtitles—except on April 19, when it will be performed in French without surtitles. On that day, attendees will also have a post-show discussion (in French) with the artistic team.

      Are you looking to dig deeper? Hone your theatrical and artistic techniques in storytelling with a free-admission workshop hosted by Olivier at the Carousel Theatre on Granville Island on April 20.



      April 17 to 20, 7:30pm

      Where: Studio 16

      Tickets: $34 and up, available here