Director: Alon Nashman
Written By: Wajdi Mouawad
Featured Artists: Alon Nashman
Translated by: Shelley Tepperman
Sound: Verne Good
Set and Costume: Lindsay Ann Black
Produced by: Theaturtle and Richard Jordan
Originally produced by: Theatre Direct
“When we’re little no one tells us very much, so we imagine.”
Alphonse is lost, walking along a country road, weaving an intricate web of stories, while everyone is searching for him: parents, friends, teachers, the police. What they find is the thing we often give up in order to grow up. A weave of stories within stories, with characters ranging from a regal vacuum cleaner to a melancholy cave, this epic solo show has enchanted audiences of all ages across Canada and at the Edinburgh Fringe. One man, 27 characters, and loads of popcorn!
★★★★ “With the impeccable delivery of Mouawad’s writing, Nashman practices storytelling at its finest.” – Edinburgh Spotlight
★★★★★ “Remarkable staging of Wajdi Mouawad’s beautifully-written script.” – CBC Manitoba
★★★★ “A Runaway Theatrical Success.” – Globe and Mail, Toronto
★★★★ “Heartpoundingly great theatre.” Toronto Star
★★★★★ “Unmissable show of genius for all ages.” – BBC
★★★★ “It’s appeal, like the story itself, reaches out across the generations.” – The Scotsman, Edinburgh
★★★★ “There’s no more enchanting show in town” – NOW Magazine, Toronto
About Alon Nashman
Alon Nashman is a performer, director, creator, and producer of theatre. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, Alon has worked with theatres across Canada and around the world.
Selected credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Forests, Scorched (Dora Nomination, Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Democracy, Remnants (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) Alias Godot (Tarragon Theatre), Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom (Dora Award: Outstanding Production), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Dora Nomination), THIS (Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award, Best Supporting Actor, Dora Nomination) (Canadian Stage), The Wild Duck (Soulpepper), Hedda Gabler (Volcano / Buddies in Bad Times), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Dora Award: Outstanding Production) (Birdland Theatre), Macbeth (Modern Times), This Hotel, Wedding Day at the Cromagnons (Theatre Passe Muraille), Howl (Threshold / Buddies in Bad Times), Talley’s Folly, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Resurgence), and If Jesus Met Nanabush (De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre).
Theaturtle was established by Alon in 1999 to create essential, ecstatic theatre that touches the earth and agitates the soul. Under the banner of Theaturtle, Alon has been involved with the creation, production and touring of numerous significant theatre pieces. Among these are Adam Nashman’s The Song; Wajdi Mouawad’s Alphonse (nominated for Dora and Brickenden Awards); Kafka and Son, developed with Mark Cassidy of Threshold Theatre, based on Franz Kafka’s “Letter to His Father,” which has toured with acclaim across Canada, to the National Theatre of Iceland, the Edinburgh Fringe, Prague Fringe (Outstanding Performance Award), Germany’s Thespis Festival (Jury Prize), the Ankara International Theatre Festival, and twice to South Africa’s National Arts Festival; The Snow Queen (Dora Nominations for Outstanding Production and Performance), scored for string quartet and narrator, and presented across Canada.
In 2009, Alon directed a workshop production of a vibrant new play with music, Noah’s Great Rainbow by Sam Chaiton, with music by Mighty Popo, Waleed Abdulhamid and David Buchbinder. With Paul Thompson, Alon developed Hirsch, about legendary director John Hirsch. The play premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada, where it was reviewed positively by the New York Times and celebrated by the likes of Maggie Smith. Hirsch has toured to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria, Edinburgh, and South Africa. Alon is currently developing three projects with Theaturtle, including Charlotte: A Tri-coloured Play with Music, with UK-based scenographer/director Pamela Howard and Czech composer Aleš Březina. Charlotte premiered in 2017 at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and World Stage Design Festival in Taipei City, Taiwan.