Closing Performance

We had such a great audience for our last performance today of Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane! I will especially miss sitting backstage and hearing the laughs and/or gasps during the swordfight…

We also got a very positive review from Lauren Stein at Mooney on Theatre!

“…Smith and the team at Theatre Double Take have brought an interesting re-adaptation to life in a clear and entertaining way.”

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Introducing our Cast: Tennille Read

TennilleReadTennille Read is playing the titular Roxane in Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane. 

Tennille is a Toronto based actor and graduate of George Brown Theatre School. She is also a graduate of Queen’s University’s Stage and Screen Studies program. Selected theatre credits include: Tanya in the hit show Delicacy by Kat Sandler (Summerworks Festival 2013), Inez in No Exit (Soup Can Theatre), Bessie in The Drowning Girls (Alumnae Theatre), Lady in Orpheus Descending (GBTS), Jane in Pride and Prejudice (Alumnae Theatre), Lady Windermere in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Alumnae Theatre), Mabel in An Ideal Husband (Village Players) and May in Time Flies (Theatre on the Lake). Selected film and tv: Dana (Mosaic Pictures), A Dying Fall (CBC – Northern Reflections), Versus Ivan (Solnoctu Productions). Tennille is also the co-founder of Theatre on the Lake, a summer festival in Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories, and Theatre Inamorata here in Toronto.

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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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Introducing our Cast: Alexandra Simpson

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Alexandra Simpson is playing the dual roles of Sophie and Christian in Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane.

Alexandra just graduated from the Performance Acting Program at Ryerson May 2013. She is a multidisciplinary artist with background in music (piano, guitar and accordion), dance, physical theatre, directing and writing. She is finding great joy in creating and performing in these various disciplines. She is a co-founder of Charlatan Remedies, a company dedicated to “concocting cures for social stiffness” through social experiments and audience immersive productions. As a young writer she had produced 2 of her original works Hiatus at the 2013 Ryerson New Voices Festival and Surviving Speares, at the 2013 Fringe Festival. She was a participant in the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program, and is an intern at SummerWorks. Currently her audience immersive piece, Pit Sublime is a part of the Alumnae New Ideas Festival.

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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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Writing Blog #4 (Finally, we get to Roxane!)

As I said in a previous blog, Roxane doesn’t speak until Cyrano de Bergerac is well underway; we spot her in the first scene from afar, and she is talked about by most of the other characters.

Finally, partway through the second scene, she meets with Cyrano to discuss something important with him.

ROXANE

But first you must become

That boy again, that almost-brother, with whom,

I used to play in the park down by the lake.

CYRANO

When you came each summer to visit Bergerac.

ROXANE

You made swords out of bullrushes – you remember,

surely?

(Christopher Fry translation) 

While deciding how she might view the now deceased Cyrano in Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane, we loved this notion of Cyrano as Roxane’s almost-brother.

He is, as we learn earlier in the play, Roxane’s cousin and with her parents dead, he’s possibly one of her last remaining relatives. Is there some aspect of unintentional cruelty in his romantic love for her – to give her a husband but take away a ‘brother’?

How might complicate her memory of hi?. For most of their relationship, he was this almost-brother to her; in her mind, the prospect of him as a potential romantic partner only entered immediately before his death. Would she then re-evaluate all their interactions using this new lens of romance – can she easily remember him as the almost-brother she loved for so long with romance clouding the picture? And she would have assumed he saw her the same away, as an almost-sister.

In developing Roxane’s character for Madeleine Robin, we played with the idea that it might be very difficult for her to properly remember Cyrano and remember the happy conversations they’d had together, never knowing what we’d been truly thinking or how he had viewed her.

Stay tuned for more writing blogs!

-Grace

 
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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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Writing Blog #3 (aka Why can’t Cyrano be more body positive?)

The play begins with a scene at a theatre; Montfleury, an actor Cyrano detests, is performing this evening and everyone wonders if our favourite long-nosed hero will appear to prevent the performance.

After Cyrano has wowed the crowds with his duelling and wit, his friend Le Bret asks:

LE BRET

I see. Now tell the truth, why do you hate

Montfleury so? 

CYRANO

That roll of lard? – so fat

He can’t reach round himself to touch his navel.

He still imagines himself the very devil

Where women are concerned, and, all the while

He’s hamming away up there, he makes his vile

Fish-eyes at them. I’ve loathed him ever since

I caught him ogling her. Does it make you wince

To see a slug crawling across a flower?

 (Christopher Fry translation used)

Cyrano’s self-consciousness about his own appearance manifests itself here in an extreme disgust with Montfleury’s weight. While it seems initially as though Cyrano’s distaste for Montfleury is solely due to the actor’s poor oratory skills, which would be more in line with the importance Cyrano places publicly on wit, it is revealed in this exchange just how important physical appearance is to our hero.

His greatest fear is becoming Montfleury – becoming the unattractive man, flirting with women, unaware of his own ugliness.

Funny enough, no one else seems much bothered by unattractiveness. No one has mentioned Montfleury being fat before Cyrano does, and while Cyrano’s nose is talked about it seems to beso  only because he is incredibly touchy about it.

In the writing process of Madeleine Robin, I wondered how Cyrano’s obsession with physical appearances might affect Roxane; she seems confident in herself, but by the end of the play she and Cyrano are much closer than they were when the play begins. Would his emphasis on perfection and beauty have rubbed off on her? Would she become as sensitive about her own appearance as he is about his?

Stay tuned for more writing blogs!

-Grace
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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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Introducing our Team: The Dramaturgs

Polly Phokeev HeadshotPolly Phokeev – Script Dramaturg

Polly Phokeev is an actor, writer, dramaturg, and clown. Acting credits include Mucedorus (Poculi Ludique Societas/UofT Graduate Centre). Much Ado about Nothing (Fly By Night Theatre), The Loyalists (Single Thread Theatre Company), The Rules (University College Drama Program; dir. Banuta Rubess), and FFFF: Studies of Want (Peanut Butter People; collective creation). Training includes Hon. BA specializing in Drama at the University of Toronto, clowning with John Turner, and film acting with John Boylan (Centre for the Arts).

aikman_headshotLisa Aikman – Production Dramaturg

Lisa Aikman is a recent graduate of UofT where she received her MA in Performance studies. Recent theatre credits include Stage Manager for Seven Days with Teatron Theatre, dramaturg for “Troilus & Criseyde/Cressida” and SM for “People We’ll Never Meet” (both Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at UofT), ASM for “Little Shop Of Horrors” (Rose Theatre), ASM for “Charlotte” (Ars Mechanica), and she will be doing production dramaturgy for the upcoming premier of “Madeleine Robin Known As Roxanne” with Theatre Double Take. This is Lisa’s first show with Theatre Double Take and would like to thank the creative team for making it such a welcoming and interesting experience.

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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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Writing Blog #2

There’s not much indication given at the end of Cyrano de Bergerac as to what Roxane might do with the rest of her life. Last we see her, she’s been staying at an Abbey, mourning the now deceased Christian for over a decade. When Cyrano reveals the truth about himself and Christian’s letters, will Roxane continue to mourn at the Abbey? Will she find another place to live, and come out of mourning?

Early in Cyrano, we hear this exchange:

LIGNIERE

And so

That’s the lady?

CHRISTIAN

Yes – do tell me, man,

I’ve got to know!

LIGNIERE

Madeleine Robin,

Known as Roxane. Artistic. Cultivated.

CHRISTIAN

Alas!

LIGNIERE

Unattached.An orphan. And related

To Cyrano, the man we’ve been discussing.

Roxane’s status as an orphan became important to us in deciding what her situation would be after Cyrano’s death. She seems to have some money of her own, but what family would she have to turn to besides her cousin? How difficult might it be for her to return to society, after leaving it for so many years, with no family members to introduce her?

Stay tuned for more writing blogs!

-Grace

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Madeleine Robin Known As Roxane opens February 5th at the Lemontree Creations Studio, and runs until February 9th.

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