Elephant Wake Tour
By Joey Tremblay
Directed by Bretta Gerecke
On the surface, this is a story of two Saskatchewan towns – Ste. Vierge, a defunct Francophone town and the prosperous nearby English town of Welby.
Jean Claude, the last member of a Catholic family who remains in Ste. Vierge tells the tale of how at one time, before the Ice Age, elephants were the size of gophers. Their insignificance is what allowed them to survive. Now he contends, his own marginalized existence will allow his town, his culture, and his family to thrive. This heroic and touching script tells the story of Jean Claude’s life as he reminisces about growing up in the small town of Ste. Vierge. Seen from the eyes of a child, he recounts stories of growing up as the youngest member of a large family, his adventures as a choirboy and as a French student in an English school, in a rival town with his friends.
Joey Tremblay | Jean Claude
Joey grew up in a very small hamlet called Ste. Marthe in Southeast Saskatchewan.
He received a B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Regina (1987) and a diploma from the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School (1989). After working several years as a freelance actor, Joey co-founded Noises in the Attic, a theatre company mandated to produce and create new Canadian plays on the fringe festival circuit across Canada. From 1996 to 2002, Joey became Artistic Co-director of Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton where he wrote, directed and produced (and sometimes performed in) the following plays:Electra, The Abundance Trilogy, My Perfect Heaven, Elephant Wake, Songs for Sinners, The House of Pootsie Plunket, The Blue Orphan and Carmen Angel, which, combined, have garnered over 30 awards and nominations for outstanding work: including two Scotsman Fringe First awards for outstanding writing. Currently Joey is living in Regina and is pursuing his career as a freelance actor/director/writer/teacher. For Globe Theatre, Joey has written and directed, The Alice Nocturne and George Dandin. He devised and directed Fusion I, II and III. He performed in the plays A Man for all Seasons, Twelfth Night, Just So andSylvia.
Bretta Gerecke | Director, Lighting, Set and Costume Designer
Bretta grew up in Winnipeg and has resided in Edmonton for the past 15 years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design (1992) and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design (1996). Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres which have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. Bretta also works at The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Calgary Opera and Globe Theatre. She is the recipient of 15 Elizabeth Sterling Hayes Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design, The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist, and was shortlisted for The Siminovitch Prize in 2006 & 2009. Bretta designed a summer home on Devil’s Lake, Alberta and continues her work as an archaeological illustrator.
Sheila Crampton | Stage Manager
Globe Theatre credits: On the Line, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz, Wit, Strawberries in January and Elephant Wake. Other Theatre(s): Lighting, sound, and staging for live events (Performance Productions, Saskatoon); Production Manager (Saskatchewan Children’s Festival) Other: Graduate of Technical Production, National Theatre School of Canada.
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
November 3 - 14, 2009
Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon
November 19 - 29, 2009
Presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and the Vancouver Cultural Centre
March 16 to 20, 2010
Carrefour International de Théâtre, Quebec City
June 10 and June 11, 2010
Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Waterloo
June 15 - 19, 2010
Elephant Wake Reviews & Tour Information
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval
Size of Company: 4; actor, stage manager, technician, tour manager
Production Notes: Tour Ready. Adaptable set, flexible for various venues including proscenium and thrust. Requires minimum 20’ x 20’ playing area. Minimal set, props and sound cues. Requires lighting pre-hang. Needs 1.5 days for load-in, cueing and rehearsal. Ready for performance the evening of the second day.
Fee Range: $15,000-20,000
Some strong language
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