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La Bête–Harbourfront
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La Bête

Show Program

Written by David Hirson

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

In a comic whirlwind of high style, La Bête tells the story of Elomire, a 17th century French playwright, and his touring acting troupe who have come to lead the high life due to the patronage of the fickle Princess of Conti. Sparks fly when Valere, a swaggering braggart with delusions of artistic grandeur, becomes the Princess' choice to join Elomire's troupe. It is a battle of wits and witticisms as the two face off in this outrageous commentary on the nature of art and the artist in society.

"Nadajewski gives a virtuoso performance..." –Christopher Hoile, Stage Door Review

"Dylan Trowbridge finely directs this production with pristine class and utmost wit." –Joe Szekeres, Our Theatre Voice

"Talk Is Free Theatre is a place that does this kind of work, beautifully..." –Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

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Festival Calendar

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Harbourfront Centre Theatre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 11, 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.

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CAST

Mike Nadajewski Valere

Cyrus Lane Elomire

Richard Lam Bejart

Amelia Sargisson Princess Conti

Katarina Fiallos Dorine

Amy Keating Catherine De Brie

Madelyn Kriese Marquise-Therese Du Parc

Justan Myers De Brie

Courtenay Stevens Rene Du Parc

CREATIVES

Directed by Dylan Trowbridge

Assistant Directed by Tess Benger

Set Design by Joe Pagnan

Assistant Set Design and Props by JB Nelles

Costume Design by Laura Delchiaro

Mask Design and Construction by Josue Laboucane

Lighting Design by Jeff Pybus

Sound Design by James Smith

Movement by Monica Dottor

Production Management by Erik Richards

Stage Management by Sam Hale

Assistant Stage Management by Frances Bundy and Heather Bellingham

CAST

Valere
Mike Nadajewski
Elomire
Cyrus Lane
Béjart
Richard Lam
Princess Conti
Amelia Sargisson
Dorine
Katarina Fiallos
Catherine De Brie
Amy Keating
Marquise-Therese Du Parc
Madelyn Kriese
De Brie
Justan Myers
Rene Du Parc
Courtenay Stevens

CREATIVES

Assistant Director
Tess Benger
Set Design
Joe Pagnan
Assistant Set Design/Props
JB Nelles
Costume Design
Laura Delchiaro
Mask Design and Construction
Josue Laboucane
Lighting Design
Jeff Pybus
Sound Design
James Smith
Movement Assistant
Monica Dottor
Production Manager
Erik Richards
Stage Manager
Sam Hale
Assistant Stage Manager
Frances Bundy
Assistant Stage Manager
Heather Bellingham

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Michael Torontow
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La Bête

Written by David Hirson

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In a comic whirlwind of high style, La Bête tells the story of Elomire, a 17th century French playwright, and his touring acting troupe who have come to lead the high life due to the patronage of the fickle Princess of Conti. Sparks fly when Valere, a swaggering braggart with delusions of artistic grandeur, becomes the Princess' choice to join Elomire's troupe. It is a battle of wits and witticisms as the two face off in this outrageous commentary on the nature of art and the artist in society.

"Nadajewski gives a virtuoso performance..." –Christopher Hoile, Stage Door Review

"Dylan Trowbridge finely directs this production with pristine class and utmost wit." –Joe Szekeres, Our Theatre Voice

"Talk Is Free Theatre is a place that does this kind of work, beautifully..." –Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

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Booking PolicyCOVID-19 Precautions + Rain Policy
DATES
March 2 - 16, 2024
venue

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Duration
ADVISORY
CONTENT advisory
This production contains content some may find age-inappropriate, offensive, or triggering. If you would like to know more, please click below.
Spoiler-Free
General Advisory

Some nudity

Detailed Advisory
(May Include Spoilers)

One actor reveals their backside

schedule

Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 8, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 11, 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m.

tickets
Premium Seats: $79 + HST; Regular Seats: $49 + HST; Artist Rate: $29.50 + HST (must show proof at pick-up, must be picked up at box office; rate applies to Regular Seats only)
COVID-19 Policy

The Province of Ontario requires proof of vaccination to attend all indoor theatre events. Please note that we will require:

-Proof of Vaccination & Valid ID upon entry.
-Patrons complete a Covid-19 Self-Assessment for contact tracing purposes.
-Patrons wear their mask at all times when in the building (except when actively eating or drinking)

Only book tickets if you have received your second vaccination at least 14 days prior to the performance. If you do not have proof of vaccination and proof of identity, unfortunately, you will not be allowed access to the building.

Free Admission Policy

A security charge of $0.01 CAD is required to validate booking. Patrons can cancel or reschedule up to 48 hours before the performance without charge. Please email admin@tift.ca to make any changes.

In the event a patron fails to cancel or make alternate changes and does not attend the performance, a $25.00 charge will be applied per ticket to the patron’s credit card. This charge will be used as a donation to the theatre and a tax receipt will be issued.

UPDATED COVID-19 POLICY: Due to the nature of our programming, in addition to the Ontario government's ongoing mask mandate, Talk Is Free Theatre WILL CONTINUE to require proof of vaccination after February 28, 2022 and reserves the right to implement other safety measures as necessary. We will do our best to keep you informed, as safety measures can change at any time.
CAST
Valere
Mike Nadajewski
Elomire
Cyrus Lane
Béjart
Richard Lam
Princess Conti
Amelia Sargisson
Dorine
Katarina Fiallos
Catherine De Brie
Amy Keating
Marquise-Therese Du Parc
Madelyn Kriese
De Brie
Justan Myers
Rene Du Parc
Courtenay Stevens
CREATIVES and production team
Assistant Director
Tess Benger
Assistant Director
Set Design
Joe Pagnan
Set Design
Assistant Set Design/Props
JB Nelles
Assistant Set Design/Props
Costume Design
Laura Delchiaro
Costume Design
Mask Design and Construction
Josue Laboucane
Mask Design and Construction
Lighting Design
Jeff Pybus
Lighting Design
Sound Design
James Smith
Sound Design
Movement Assistant
Monica Dottor
Movement Assistant
Production Manager
Erik Richards
Production Manager
Stage Manager
Sam Hale
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Frances Bundy
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Heather Bellingham
Assistant Stage Manager
CAST

Mike Nadajewski Valere

Cyrus Lane Elomire

Richard Lam Bejart

Amelia Sargisson Princess Conti

Katarina Fiallos Dorine

Amy Keating Catherine De Brie

Madelyn Kriese Marquise-Therese Du Parc

Justan Myers De Brie

Courtenay Stevens Rene Du Parc

CREATIVES

Directed by Dylan Trowbridge

Assistant Directed by Tess Benger

Set Design by Joe Pagnan

Assistant Set Design and Props by JB Nelles

Costume Design by Laura Delchiaro

Mask Design and Construction by Josue Laboucane

Lighting Design by Jeff Pybus

Sound Design by James Smith

Movement by Monica Dottor

Production Management by Erik Richards

Stage Management by Sam Hale

Assistant Stage Management by Frances Bundy and Heather Bellingham

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