Sunday, October 3, 2010

Paradise by the River at the Centaur Theatre

by Vitorrio Rossi, directed by Joel Miller

Synopsis: In this epic and moving story, Romano, a recent immigrant, is forced to unearth his courage after being arrested without charge in his Ville-Émard home. Torn from the arms of his terrified and pregnant wife, Maria, Romano is held against his will with hundreds of men of Italian descent at a prisoner of war camp in Petawawa, Ontario. Canada has officially declared war against Italy. In the meantime, his family and friends must find the strength and spirit to move forward. This powerful drama details the struggle to preserve morality in a nation seemingly intent on its demise. Paradise by the River acknowledges the 70th anniversary of the internment of Italian-Canadians.
You can read the review that was in the Montreal Gazette here
or one from the 5th Dimension here. You can read the entire text of Bill C-302 which recognizes the injustice done to Italian Canadians during the World War II here.

The Centaur Theatre 453 St. François0Xavier, Old Montreal
Directions from the Metro: Place d'Armes Metro Station. Take St-Urbain exit. Once outside turn right (south) towards the Notre Dame Basilica. Walk up 2 blocks to Notre Dame Street. On Notre Dame Street turn right. Walk 1 block to St François-Xavier and turn left. The Centaur Theatre is on the left-hand side.

From AUTOROUTE VILLE MARIE: Take Berri/St-Laurent Exit. Stay Left--Turn left on Rue Viger. Left on St-Urbain. Right on St-Paul. Right on St. François-Xavier. The Centaur Theatre is on the East side. From DOWNTOWN: Take St-Jacques going East. Right on Peel St. (at Dow Planetarium). Left on Notre Dame. Continue until Notre Dame Basilica. Turn Right on St-Sulpice. Right on St-Paul. Right on St François-Xavier. Centaur Theatre is on the East Side.

Writing Assignment: Describe two or three ways in which live theatre is more effective than cinema at telling a story. Use examples from the play to defend your reasons. Your essay must be typed, double-spaced and 250-350 words.

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