Michel Marc Bouchard et Olivier Choinière parmi les finalistes au Prix Siminovitch pour le théâtre

Les finalistes au Prix Siminovitch pour le théâtre sont dévoilés…

Michel Marc Bouchard – Bouchard’s writing marries a mature and poetic voice with an adventurous theatricality. He creates compelling and irreverent characters; often outsiders trying to negotiate their way through a difficult world in plays such as Lilies and Christina, The Girl King. His work has been widely seen across Canada in both French and English, including productions at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Olivier Choinière – Choinière is known as a provocative risk-taker, and as someone who is always questioning and reinventing his theatre. He is well known for his early play Autodafé, and more recently for Félicité. This play was subsequently produced as Bliss at London’s Royal Court, and Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times in a translation by Caryl Churchill.

Hannah Moscovitch – Moscovitch’s plays take on big issues as seen through the emotional and moral struggles of her complex characters. Coming out of indie theatre, she brings sensitivity and wisdom to plays such as East of Berlin, which explores the lingering effects of the Holocaust many years later, and This Is War, where a group of Canadian soldiers are forced to confront a disturbing incident in Afghanistan.

Colleen Murphy – Murphy’s tough, hard-hitting plays pull back the curtain on disturbing subjects that we often don’t want to look at. But her stories are told in an intimate setting through deeply human characters. The December Man (L’homme de décembre) is driven by the Montreal Massacre, and her recent play Pig Girl was inspired by the murders of the missing women in Vancouver.

Le prix sera remis le 20 octobre 2014 à 20h au Hart House Theatre de l’Université de Toronto.

Le jury est composé de John Van Burek (Toronto), Rachel Ditor (Vancouver), Brian Dooley (Edmonton), Brendan Healy (Toronto) et Jean-Denis Leduc (Montréal).

Le Prix Siminovitch met pleins feux sur l’excellence et l’innovation en théâtre canadien avec un prix annuel de 100 000 $. Sur un cycle de trois ans, le Prix honore un metteur en scène, un dramaturge ou un scénographe professionnel qui fait figure de proue dans le domaine du théâtre et dont le travail est reconnu pour sa portée et son influence. Le Prix reconnaît aussi l’importance du mentorat pour soutenir les talents émergents. Le lauréat reçoit 75 000 $ et choisit à son tour un protégé qui reçoit 25 000 $.

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