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Wine & Halva
L'Espace la Risée
Montreal, QC
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Join us for a glass of wine, a taste of halva, a cup of coffee, a light (and dark) laugh, and a play that asks:

How can friends do justice to each other when they have almost nothing in common?

This is the question that award-winning playwright Deniz Basar, a first-generation immigrant to Canada from Turkey, took up through writing Wine & Halva (2019-2020) in a style known in West Asia and throughout the Middle East as narrative theatre.

Audiences are invited into the atmosphere of an Istanbul coffee house, where the air is heavy with music and literature, political tension and resistance, humour and hope.

Three narrators guide their audience through an intimate epic of an unusual friendship between two protagonists: Farias (meaning Lighthouse) is a white gay man from a fictional North-American city, where he finds himself trapped in a low-pay menial service job with little hope for the future; while Derya (meaning Sea) is a Turkish woman who emigrates to North America to complete her PhD, and, to her surprise, becomes a visible minority. Wine & Halva explores the labour and joy of their friendship as a force of resistance.

*SPECIAL EVENT* Talk-back with artist Val Bah & playwright Deniz Basar, after the show on Sunday May 5th, 7:30pm

Presented in English with French subtitles


Performers / Interprètes :
Corbeau Sandoval
Banafsheh Hassani
& Esi Callender

Directed by / Metteur en scène : Art Babayants
Designed by award-winning Istanbul scenographer / Concepteur : Candan Seda Balaban
Lighting design by / Éclairagiste : Paul J. Stoesser
French translation by / Traductrice français : Vik Hovanisian
Subtitles operated by / L'opérateur de sous-titres: Amilia Bencherif
Stage management by / Régisseur : Shawna Blain

Presented by / Présenté par:
Toronto Laboratory Theatre (TLT)
In association with / avec : Sort Of Productions

With support from the Canada Council for the Arts / Avec le soutien du Conseil des Arts du Canada



Rejoignez-nous pour un verre de vin, un goût de halva, une tasse de café, un petit rire, et une pièce qui pose la question suivante : "Comment des amis peuvent-ils se rendre justice l'un.e à l'autre lorsquils ont presque rien en commun ?  

Trois narrateur.rice guident le public à travers l'épopée intime d'une amitié inhabituelle entre deux protagonistes : Farias (qui signifie un phare) est un homosexuel blanc originaire d'une ville fictive d'Amérique du Nord, où il se retrouve piégé dans un emploi de service mal payé et sans grand espoir pour l'avenir; tandis que Derya (qui signifie mer) est une femme turque qui émigre en Amérique du Nord pour obtenir son doctorat et qui, à sa grande surprise, devient une minorité visible. Wine & Halva explore le travail et la joie de leur amitié en tant que force de résistance.

*ÉVÉNEMENT SPÉCIAL* Rencontre avec l'artiste Val Bah et la dramaturge Deniz Basar, après le spectacle dimanche 5 mai, 19h30

Présenté en anglais avec sous-titres français
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L'Espace la Risée (View)
1258 Rue Belanger
Montreal, QC H2S 1J1


Arts > Literary
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Stand Up
Food > Refreshments
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Toronto Laboratory Theatre (TLT)
On BPT Since: Dec 01, 2013
Sort Of Productions


The venue is not wheelchair accessible. French subtitles displayed.

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