The Theatre of the Film Noir


Director & Producer:
Mirek Polatynski
Production Assistant:
Matt Drappel
Assistant Director:
Taylor Graham

Cast (in order of appearance):
Inspector Clair, a police detective: Rafal Sokolowski

Bernard, a civilian clerk: Benjamin Blais, Aris Athanasopoulos
Lilliane, a former shop girl: Heather Couch, Magdalena Alexander
Eric, a German soldier: Paul Kit, Erol Nowak (Austria),
Hank, an American soldier: Marcel Stewart, Rahaman Tunde Agiri

Stage Manager: Adrienne Lister
Light & Sound Operator: Matt Drappel
Set and Light Designer: Kevin Winson
Costume Designer: Joanna Dabrowska
Poster Designer: Boleslaw Polnar (Poland)
Blues Composer: Ola Turkiewicz
Sound Effects: alcatrax Recording Studio
Stage Fighting: Simon Fon
Graphic draw up (posters, flyers, programs): Iwona Dufaj

Paris. 1944. The war is over, but nothing is certain; loyalties shift; questions of life, sex, guilt, and death hang on the nationality of a bar of chocolate or a pack of cigarettes. In the murky atmosphere a murder has been committed, and five desperate people try to solve the mystery in this hardedge, breathless black comedy…

Theatre of the Film Noir, directed by Mirek Polatynski, is set in Paris shortly after its liberation from German occupation forces during the Second World War. Director explores the crushing panic of people placed on the brink of hell’s end and an uncertain future of peace. George F. Walker’s unique Canadian perspective seeks neither heroes nor villains. Neither does he judge the aggressors nor raise monuments to heroism. He simply shows the bare structure of a human being driven by fear and a need to survive – unfettered by values generally considered humanitarian. This constitutes the timeliness and universality of the play, which encompasses all wars and its victims, including current conflicts. World War II serves as a pretext to examine the heart of the matter. The director does not dwell on its tragedy as such – for we are all well aware of the obvious – but rather focuses on how easily human nature loses itself under the strain of extreme influences, when fear becomes the determining factor driving survival.

Fall 2008:
The Theatre Centre 1087 Queen St. West, Suite 100, Toronto., ON
Opening: Sept. 17th, 2008 @ 7pm
Matinees @ 1pm: Sept. 18, 20, 2008
Matinee @ 2pm: Sept. 21 (Sunday – PWYC), 2008
Evenings @ 7pm: Sept. 17, 18, 20, 2008
Evening @ 6pm: 19 Sept. with Fundraising & 21 Sept, 2008 (Sunday)

European Tour 05-10-2008 to 29-10-2008
05/10/08: ARRIVAL, Warsaw, Poland
07/10/08: CZESTOCHOWA:International Theatre Festival “Through the Touch” @ 7pm
08/10/08: CZESTOCHOWA – Festival “Through the Touch” – @ 11am & 6pm
10/10/08: OPOLE @ 6pm
11/10/08: OPOLE @ 3pm & 6pm
12/10/08: LEGNICA @ 7pm
13/10/08: WROCLAW/ Workshop: Grotowski Institute
14/10/08: Workshop: Theatre Academy PWST, Wroclaw
16/10/08 Tour: Oswiecim (Auschwitz)
17/10/08: Krakow – Workshop: Theatre Academy PWST, Krakow
19/10/08: Tour: Barbakan & Old Town, Krakow/ Travel to Vienna, Austria
21/10/08: VIENNA @ 7.30pm
22/10/08: Theater in der Josefstadt/ PERFORMANCE @ 7.30pm Vienna
23/10/08: PERFORMANCE @ 7.30pm
24/10/08: Max Reindhardt Seminar/ PERFORMANCE @ 7.30pm
25/10/08: PERFORMANCE @ 7.30pm
28/10/08: WARSAW
29/10/08: DEPARTURE for Toronto, ON, Canada

Winter 2009:
Living Arts Centre (RBS Theatre), 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga.
Feb 27, 2009 @ 7pm
Feb 28, 2009 @ 4pm
Feb 28, 2009 @ 7pm

At Living Arts Centre in Mississauga the show was translated into Polish simultaneously.
W teatrze Living Arts Centre w Mississauga tłumaczenie sztuki było wyświetlane równocześnie w języku polskim.

Toronto Centre for the Arts (Studio Theatre), North York, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto. www.tocentre.com

March 7, 2009 @ 8pm
March 8, 2009 @ 6pm