Thursday, February 04, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016 12:36 am by M. in ,    No comments
A new adaptation of Villette opens today, February 4, in Toronto:
Amicus Productions presents
Villette
Adapted by Chris Coculuzzi
Directed by Mary Dwyer

The Papermill Theatre, Todmorden Mills (67 Pottery Rd, Toronto)
February 4-6 and February 11-13 at 8 p.m. and February 7 and February 13 at 2 p.m.

Cast
Paulette St-Amour as Lucy looking back in her life
Paisley Aquarius as Lucy in her childhood
Janice Peters as Miss Lucy
Matthew Payne as Dr. John
Chris Coculuzzi as M. Paul Emmanuel
Kiana Brett as Ginevra Fanshawe
Kasia Lee as Paulina de Bassompierre

Described by Virginia Woolf as her finest novel, Brontë’s story revolves around Lucy Snowe, a young schoolteacher living in the fictional town of Villette enduring loneliness and unrequited love, as she is intrigued by a young doctor and yet also drawn to a charismatic and overbearing colleague. There has seldom been a heroine so reserved and emotionally throttled, who is yet so sensuous, intelligent and keenly feeling. Much of the novel is inspired by Brontë’s own experiences as a teacher at a school in Brussels and the powerful influence of her colleague and mentor, M. Heger.

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