Infinitheatre Presents Third premiere of the 2009-2010 Season
Infinithéâtre presents the world premiere of Arthur Holden’s FATHER LAND directed by Guy Sprung and playing at the Bain St-Michel, March 9 to 28.
Sunday morning in Westmount. Fifteen-year-old Eric Brook is writing a history essay about Uday and Qusay, the sons of Saddam Hussein. His father Joe, a successful accountant, is about to take Eric’s reformed drug-addict uncle Victor to see their elderly father at the seniors residence. It’s a quiet, uneventful day that turns suddenly menacing when Victor reveals that he owes money to a local mobster – money he doesn’t have – and the mobster is on his way over to collect. The irresistible force of Victor’s desperation confronts the immoveable object of Joe’s outrage as young Eric, excluded from the conflict by his father, finds himself drawn to the bright flame of his uncle’s recklessness. In the boy’s imagination his uncle and father become Uday and Qusay Hussein in the fateful aftermath of the American invasion: two men trapped in a sumptuous house as a mortal enemy approaches. Alternating between the Brook home and the Iraqi villa in which the Hussein brothers have taken refuge, Father Land advances toward twin resolutions: one decreed by history, both by loyalty shot through with spite. It is a story of the debt owed by sons to fathers, by fathers to sons, by blood to blood.
Father Land was chosen from nearly forty submissions by a jury of Kent Stetson (Order of Canada recipient and Governor General award-winning playwright), Emma Tibaldo (Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal) and Carolyn Guillet (playwright, actor and Associate Artist at Infinithéâtre) as the winner of Infinithéâtre’s first Write-On-Q playwriting competition and received a public reading in The Pipeline in 2008. The audience was so involved in the play, the heated post-reading discussion threatened to go on longer than the play itself.
Arthur Holden is a Montréal native, currently residing in Westmount, who has worked as an actor and writer in this city since the 1980’s. Acting credits include Battlefield Quebec, a TV docudrama written and directed by Brian McKenna, and Four Minutes If You Bleed, a stage play by Alex Haber and Ned Cox, directed by Alain Goulem. Arthur’s latest submission to the Write-On-Q contest, Kennedy: The Musical was chosen as one of the top three of 2009 and received a public reading using Arthur’s original compositions in The Pipeline reading series last fall. Arthur garnered rave reviews for his character Marty in the recent Infinithéâtre smash hit, The Daily Miracle.
Set and Costume Design by James Lavoie
Lighting Design by Sarah Yaffe
Sound Design by Keith Thomas
Stage Managed by Sarah-Marie Langlois
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