Tableau D’Hôte Theatre projects in development

Since the 2017 creation of our More than a footnote program, Tableau D’Hôte Theatre has a renewed commitment to new-play development in Montréal. 

Below is a list of our new plays presently under development.

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) 
by Julie Tamiko Manning

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) tells the tale of Kiyoko Tanaka-Goto, a brothel ​owner​ who lost everything when the ​Canadian ​government set up internment camps for ​people of ​Japanese​ ancestry during World War II​. The playwright writes, “I want to explore her life, not as a ​clichéd ​dragon-lady ​madam, nor a​s a​ dutiful daughter, nor ​as ​a​ submissive and ​​​sexualized female Asian body, but as a valuable member ​​of Canadian society who had to fight against expectation, ​and for ​autonomy and recognition every step of the way.

Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) was the recipient of Tableau D’Hôte’s inaugural More than a footnote commission in 2017. Mizushōbai (The Water Trade) was developed with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal through a variety of programs, including the Gros Morne Playwrights’ Residency and the EstérELLE Writers-in-Residence. The development of the text was also made possible through the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Cole Foundation. 

The Caravan
by Anna Burkholder

The Caravan follows Ellen, a pregnant student from Simon Fraser University, as she travels to Parliament in the Abortion Caravan, the first national feminist protest, fighting for abortion access and equality. A recent amendment to the Criminal Code restricted legal access to abortion and thousands of Canadian women were dying in an underground abortion trade, and the woman who were boarding the Caravan are determined to shut it down.

The Caravan was the recipient of Tableau D’Hôte’s 2019 More than a footnote commission. The Caravan was developed with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s Young Creators Unit and Infinitheatre’s Playwright’s Unit.

Hot Blooded Foreigner
by Michaela Di Cesare

Hot Blooded Foreigner tells the story of 28-year-old Southern Italian immigrant Angelina Napolitano murdered her abusive husband with an axe while he slept. She was seven months pregnant. She spent the next hour cuddling with one of her four children before calling a neighbour and saying in her native dialect, “I just killed a pig.” Angelina’s story is notable in Canadian history because she is the first defendant to have used the battered woman defence at trial.

Hot Blooded Foreigner was the recipient of Tableau D’Hôte’s 2019 More than a footnote commission.

Panicle – a theatrical adaptation of Gillian Sze’s book of poetry

With Panicle, Sze makes readers look and, more importantly, look again. It’s a collection that challenges our notion of seeing as a passive or automatic activity with poems that ask us to question the process of looking. The book’s four sections offer a rich tapestry of possibilities ripe for multidisciplinary creation: from film theory to lyrical poetry, reimagined fairy tales to still images and visual art. TDHT will soon begin exploratory workshops with a handful of pluridisciplinary dancers and actors. We will identity the shapes and sounds the various poems can take, identifying key signposts and through lines, fueled primarily by choreographer Cai Glover’s American Sign Language inspired score.