February 25th to March 5th: Louis Riel - A Comic-Strip Stage Play at Théâtre La Chapelle!

Lordy lordy, look at this, The Rustwerk Refinery and Zach Fraser are presenting an adaptation of Chester Brown’s classic graphic novel, LOUIS RIEL at Théâtre La Chapelle!

A gavel bangs in the dark marking the start of Louis Riel’s trial for treason. The man, equally revered and reviled, is in the docks arguing for his life. Based on Chester Brown’s celebrated graphic novel, which so poignantly illustrates the story of the enigmatic Métis hero, RustWerk’s theatrical adaptation pops with the vibrant artistry of the original source, both stark and playful. Riel himself is nothing if not conflicted; troubled by visions and personal discussions with God, he is a gifted leader in a time when defying the dominant society is a treacherous affair. Louis Riel - a comic-strip stage play is at times charged in controversy and irreverent in its depiction of historical figures. Part puppet theatre, part comic-strip, Louis Riel - a comic-strip stage play is a stunning and spirited trek through one of Canada’s most riveting historical periods.

Puppetry, a natural theatrical extension of the comic-book art form, offers powerful perspectives, rich details, and vivid lively storytelling. Louis Riel breathes in life-sized two dimensions, he mourns in shadow-imagery, he rallies his men in the voice of the actor. Brown’s graphic novel is our primary source of inspiration. The art form of the comic-strip and its storytelling techniques are major references in our staging techniques. Elizabethan toy theatre, with its naïve, two-dimensional cut-outs, is a significant source of inspiration for our theatrical adaptation of Brown’s work. This production and its development have been generously supported by The Cole Foundation, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.


Théâtre La Chapelle (3700, Saint-Dominique st.)


Tickets available online.
or call the box office: (514) 843-7738

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