Surreal Soreal Theatre

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Surreal SoReal

Mission

In a world of electronic itineraries an disconnection, life is like a waking dream, where live human interaction is urgent, and vital. We're interested in the outsiders of this world, acts and events that alienate people from our current society. Our mandate is to create original work that blends text and the landscape of the body in dance and physical theatre, and also to reinvent classical texts for the modern audience. We are also an intercultural theatre, bridging the French and English cultures of Canada in our work. We believe that to keep theatre alive in the modern world, we must address contemporary issues of the next generation, and so many of our stories explore issues set in the urban environment, dealing with race, class, extreme acts of violence, and psychological pressures of the modern day. We envision a generation of theatre artists and audiences engaged in a new intercultural aesthetic that blends the French and English cultures of Canada in a highly physical language of theatre. Co-founded by Jon Lachlan Stewart and Vincent Forcier

Artistic Ensemble

  • Artistic Director: Jon Lachlan Stewart
  • Resident pPoster / Publicity Designer: Daniel Kinsman
  • Resident Designer: Cory Sincennes

Production History

  • 2014
    • The Genius Code (company-in-residence, Catalyst Theatre, Edmonton), Nominated for Best independent production, best video design, and best sound design (WINNER)
  • 2013
    • Sartre’s Shorts (C103), adaptations of the literary works of Sartre, by 6 Edmonton writers
    • BIG SHOT (Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, Montreal)
  • 2012
    • Afterlives (Winnipeg Fringe, Edmonton Fringe), Nominated for Best director (Vince Forcier), and best production
    • The Gooble Portrait (Edmonton Fringe)
    • BIG SHOT (Theatre Network, Edmonton, and Ghost River Theatre, Calgary) Nominated for best indy production, best LX design, best solo performer, best production (Calgary)
  • 2011
    • BIG SHOT (Summer tour: Winnipeg Fringe (Best of Fest, Best actor in a drama award), Saskatoon Fringe, Vancouver Fringe (Best of Fest))
    • LITTLE ROOM (Remount, Edmonton Fringe)
    • Keeping Peace (Azimuth Theatre)
    • DOG: a 1950’s Homelife Nightmare (Theatre Network) 6 Sterling nominations: best play, best actor, best director, best production design, best sound design (Winner) best indy production (Winner)
  • 2010
    • Beckett’s Shorts: 8 short plays by Samuel Beckett, directed by 8 Edmonton Directors (Varscona Theatre), nominated for best indy production
    • The Survival of Pigeons as studied by Human Lovers (Edmonton Fringe)
  • 2008
    • Big Shot by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Co-Directed by Georgina Beaty and Aaron Mackenzie (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2008)
    • Eleanor by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Directed by Aaron Mackenzie (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2008)
    • Redbird by Joel Crichton, Directed by Vincent Forcier (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2008)
    • The Anti-Morality Plays by Vincent Forcier & Joel Crichton, Music by Joel Crichton, Additional Music by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Directed by Vincent Forcier (Nextfest 2008)
  • 2007
    • The Desk by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Directed by Leah Doz (Nextfest 2007)
  • 2006
    • Urbantility by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Directed by Aaron Mackenzie, Assistant directed by Vincent Forcier (Azimuth (Edmonton) 2006 / Motel (Calgary) 2006
    • Twisted Thing by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Directed by Aaron Talbot (Nextfest 2006 / Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2006)
    • Duet For A Schizophrenic by Chris Johnson, Directed by Vincent Forcier (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2006)
  • 2005
    • Grumplestock's by Jon Lachlan Stewart, Trish Lorenz & Kevin Jesuino, Directed by Aaron Mackenzie (Nextfest 2005 / Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2005)
    • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, Directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2005)
  • 2004
    • The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2004)
    • Little Room by Jon Lachlan Stewart (Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival 2004 / Citadel Teens @ the Turn)

Awards

  • Nominated 14 times for the Edmonton Sterling award (best play, best independent production, best director, best actor, best LX design)
  • Nominated for 2 Calgary Betty awards
  • Winner, Sterling for best independent production (DOG)
  • Winner, Sterling for best sound design (DOG)
  • Winner, Sterling for best sound design (The Genius Code)

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