Suzanne Lebeau

English translation
John Van Burek

Directed by
Gervais Gaudreault

Assistant director 
Anne-Catherine Lebeau

Première cast

In French-language
Luc Bourgeois, Carole Chatel, Marcela Pizarro Minella, Alejandro Venegas, and Jean-Guy Viau

In English-language
Carole Chatel, Marcela Pizarro Minella, Patrice Coquereau, Alejandro Venegas, and Jean-Guy Viau

Also in the French-language cast
Marcelo Arroyo

Set design and props 
Francine Martin

Mireille Vachon

Lighting design
Dominique Gagnon

Music research 
Alejandro Venegas

Sound spatialization 
Éric Gendron

Make up, hair, and wigs
Pierre Lafontaine

Production manager
Dominique Gagnon

Costume production 
Atelier Mireille Vachon

Set production 
Atelier NGL

Production of curtains 
Marc Babin

In the heart of South America is a mountain, as beautiful in the light of morning as cruel in the darkness of the mines that run through it in all directions. Salvador, a child of the mountain, who has become a writer, remembers . . . the departure of his father and brother, who never returned, his sister Ana’s coloured pencils, his other sister Teresa’s reveries, the shoeshine boys whose fate he should have shared, if his mother had not felt so strongly that every mango tree may produce mangos.

In remembering his past, Salvador renews his relationship with the soul, culture, and values of his people.

Adults and young people aged 8+

“A deeply resonant . . . tale of survival, hope and maternal love.”
The New York Times (New York)
“Brilliantly performed by Canada's Le Carrousel, it redefines children's theater: At the performance I saw, adults and kids alike were entranced.”
The Record (New York)
“Jean-Guy Viau gives a genuine and humanly expressive performance, that even the six-year-old sitting in front of me was completely rapt throughout . . . Set and lighting are an absolute delight.”
The Hour (Montreal)
“The metaphor is beautiful. Effective: childhood performed live; exuberance in spite of misery; death as present as life . . . A sort of concentrate, condensation, the reality of the ‘pure South,’ which Suzanne Lebeau knows well. Happiness. Hard, as it can sometimes be, happiness.  .  .  .  In addition, there is Gervais Gaudreault’s heightened, image-enriched directing that makes us believe unhesitatingly in everything that we see taking place there: the set is a match for the life that unfolds before us, while the profound humanity of it all is clearly inscribed in each of the situations highlighted. As for Suzanne Lebeau’s text, it is always restrained, flexible, simple, and luminous while talking about things that one no longer dares talk about even as rumours: the real relationships between people, the value of effort and sacrifice . . .”
Michel Bélair, Le Devoir