Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière translated by Morwyn Brebner

I chose to direct this play because I felt it was a beautiful celebration of courage and love written with humour and sensitivity by Evelyne de la Chenelière in a outstanding translation by Morwyn Brebner. It also offered an great opportunity for a virtuosic actor to shine.

Ms. de la Chenelière is considered one of Québec’s pre-eminent playwrights. This was its second English language production. The first was at the Tarragon Theatre in Tornonto.

Photos by Tim Matheson (click an image for full size)
Review Quotes

Marr maps out this brilliant bit of writing (and translation) with elan…Haunting. Charming. Mesmerizing. Powerful.

—Peter Birnie Vancouver Sun

Marr is one of those rave-worthy virtuosic performers. I felt that I really knew Bashir Lazhar by the time the curtain fell and was, again, struck by the courage of refugees.

—Jo Ledingham Vancouver Courier

Artistic and Production Personnel

Directed by Richard Wolfe
Starring David Marr
Produced by pi Theatre, Vancouver Canada
Set and Lighting Design by Jergus Oprsal
Original Music and Sound Design by Joelysa Pankanea
Projection Design by Jamie Nesbitt
Costumes by Barbara Clayden
Stage Managed by David Kerr
Production Managed by Jayson McLean
Technical Direction by Elisha Burrows
Publicity by Bridge Communications
General Manager Emma Luna Davis

  • Jessie Richardson award nomination for Outstanding Set Design: Jergus Oprsal
  • Jessie Richardson award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role:
    David Marr