Death Married My Daughter

Project Description:

Death Married My Daughter

April/May 2014 at the Theatre Centre

What would happen if Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Desdemona came back from the swamps of death where they have endured the longest exile? Resurrected by their desire to expose the “abusers” and “murderers”, they would revel in denouncing “Man”; they would destroy, with delight, the established values of a male society. Full of grotesque poetry and disturbing charm, this biting, Bouffon-inspired satire puts “Man” on trial.

Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour, artistic directors of Theatre Smith-Gilmour and pioneers of Canadian theatre, have co-written their first Bouffon show with Nina Gilmour and Danya Buonastella who are recent graduates of École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France where they studied and developed a passion for this wild and ancient style. Who are the Bouffons? They are outcasts and misfits who come from the swamps, where they have been relegated; they come to denounce hypocrisy with mockery, irony and satire, to take the piss out of society. The Bouffons are the “deformed and ugly people” that the royalty would employ for their amusement; but inevitably the Bouffons would get carried away and go too far: they would speak the naked truth and risk a whipping or even death.

Produced by Play It Again Productions

Written by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Nina Gilmour & Danya Buonastella

Directed by Michele Smith & Dean Gilmour

Performed by Nina Gilmour & Danya Buonastella

Stage Managed by Jiv Parasram

Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit

Associate Lighting Design by Raha Javanfar

Supported by Theatre Smith Gilmour and Why Not Theatre