The Bundren family embarks on a 40-mile funeral procession to bring their mother to a final resting place and fulfill her dying wish.
Through their calamitous journey, each member struggles with the promises made to the departed, revealing secrets and confronting their own selfish desires along the way.
Faulkner’s expressive characters leap from the stage to present a gripping and unforgettable examination of humanity—with all its virtues and vices.
According to Arts Club Artistic and Managing Director Bill Millerd, “We’ve proudly partnered with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival again this season to show both our audiences how classic texts can be adapted for new terrain. The Goldcorp Stage is our most versatile and intimate venue; a perfect match for As I Lay Dying. The story is told solely through the actors’ innovative physicality and they share the narration of Faulkner’s rich text; I’m excited for audiences to experience this unique style of storytelling!”
PuSh Festival’s Artistic and Executive Director, Norman Armour, calls Theatre Smith-Gilmour, “A staple in the Toronto theatre scene” and refers to their adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying as, “Iconic, challenging, and epic.”
He adds, “I’d venture to say that they are a signature company for a certain generation of devised theatre makers in Toronto. It’s long overdue that they are out here.”
“It has been our dream to perform in the PuSh Festival, so we are very excited and proud to be part of it this year. Our theatre is as much for the eyes as it is for the ears and our goal is to mobilize the audience’s imagination. Over the years, the story and the text of our adaptation continued to evolve and we’ve discovered that audiences love how our unique physical language gives value to William Faulkner’s words.” — Dean Gilmour, Theatre Smith-Gilmour Co-Artistic Director
Co-directed by Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith, As I Lay Dying stars Julian De Zotti, Dean Gilmour, Nina Gilmour, Eli Ham, Ben Muir, Daniel Roberts and Michele Smith.
Arts Club Theatre Presents As I Lay Dying
Dates: Jan. 19 to Feb. 12; Tues. to Thurs., 7:30 pm; Fri., Sat., 8 pm; Weds, 1:30 pm; Sat., Sun., 2 pm
Venue: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 and up including taxes and fees, available online or via phoning 604.687.1644
Photos by Katherine Fleitas.