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The Medea Effect : Day 02

January 30, 2015

I’ve been back for my second day in rehearsal with James Loye and Jennifer Morehouse at the Talisman Theatre production of The Medea Effect,  (Get Tickets Here)

After my first day of pencil sketches, I was excited to return and do watercolors on location. It so happened, this day they were going over some of the same material – the first quarter of the story – in which the characters spar.  Ada, the aging actress pressing her case with Hugo the young genius director.

Good, in that, I was able to carry on right where I left off. But, on the other hand, I’m still in suspense how the story ends!


At the start of each day the actors do an exercise where they interfere with each other’s personal space. Pushing back and forth with their presence, moving about a tight circle without colliding. Initially the overbearing director looms over the pleading actress. It almost looks like psychic pushing hands Tai Chi. They are exploring physical stances, becoming comfortable projecting a shifting balance of power between them.

“Yes, I’m proud of each of my wrinkles. I know why they are there, I could catalog them, say which one appeared first and why, I could trace the path of my wrinkles, name each tragedy”…

Talisman Theatre has its own interesting story. Very much a reflection of Montreal.

From their own site “Talisman has a vibrant, living mission: to produce English-language premières of Québécois plays for Montreal’s public and students”.  I think that’s a fascinating response to the perception of Two Solitudes in Quebec culture.  They continue: “…we retain the essence of traditional Québécois theatrical practice as part of our hybrid development process; and we have developed a talented bi-lingual team with its own distinctive artistic approach.”

My answer, whenever asked about my own progress with the French language, is that drawing is so consuming, I couldn’t possibly study another language at the same time.

So I have no qualifications whatsoever to say – but to my ear, the translation by Nadine Desrochers from Suzie Bastien’s original, sounds authentic. There are word choices that seem pitch perfect.

“They are an obstacle to her fall. And her fall must be perfect. Let me try. Let me say those words. Please listen to me”.


Directed by Emma Tibaldo (a older piece on her here),  The Medea Effect is on stage February 3 to 7, 2015 at the Segal Centre Studio. (Get Tickets Here)

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2015 4:24 PM

    absolutely beautiful Marc! I especially love the third one down from the top!

  2. January 31, 2015 5:24 PM

    Your art work/play is just superb Marc. I’ve been a quiet Citizen Sketcher watcher for some time. I’m currently in another course right now but look forward to taking your own course with Crafty. Thanks for making it available.

    • February 1, 2015 12:46 AM

      Hey, well thanks and I like that – calling whatever is going on here play vs. work – that’s great :)
      Good to meet you and thanks for joining the conversation :)

      • February 1, 2015 11:31 AM

        Thanks for the welcome.

        I always think of my own art making as both my work and my play because if I don’t play at my work my work won’t work. :)

  3. Chris permalink
    January 31, 2015 9:00 PM

    Hi Marc! I was just wondering, how do you clean your brushes on the go?

    • February 1, 2015 12:44 AM

      Hey Chris – with watercolor it’s not much of a problem – swizzling them in the water jar pretty much gets it, then I run them under the tap when I get home (and leave out to air dry).

  4. November 26, 2015 2:35 PM

    The first and fourth blow my mind!


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