Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith met in 1978 while studying at the School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. In 1980, they formed Theatre Smith Gilmour and have since created 38 shows, 25 of which have been original plays. The company has toured across Canada several times and to 14 countries throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Russia. Their work has been nominated for 35 Dora Awards (winning 10) as well as being nominated twice for the Chalmers’ Best Canadian Play Award.
Adapted by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour with the company
2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee – OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE – ENSEMBLE
2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee – OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN – Andre du Toit
2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee – OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
Voted ONE OF THE TOP 10 SHOWS OF 2013 by NOW Magazine
The highly esteemed multiple Dora Award winning Theatre Smith-Gilmour presents a darkly comic tour-de-force, in an original adaptation of AS I LAY DYING, the Southern gothic chronicle of the Bundren family odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury their wife and mother.
As I Lay Dying transgresses triumphantly all the principles of good taste – it is a rich and unsettling tale that takes us to the edge of sanity as each member of the family struggles in their own way with the promise made to Addie Bundren. A dying Addie watches her eldest son build the coffin she’ll soon occupy. The family – including Addie herself, speaking from beyond the grave – reveal their foibles and secrets in overlapping narratives chronicling the journey, marked by flood and fire and family discord. There aren’t any angels aboard this wagon – just humanity, with all of its virtues and vices, beneath an ominous halo of circling vultures.
“If you are going to adapt Faulker, there is no one I’d rather see do it than Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith… minimalist physical theatre at its finest.” – Toronto Star
“A WONDERFUL AND VIVID translation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. You will swear you have seen live horses and rivers in flood and barns on fire as well as the strangest and most heartbreaking family on that stage.” ~ Michael Ondaatje
Running Time: 130 min. + Intermission
Size of Company: 9
Based on a selection of short stories by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith with the company, this first installment of the Chekhov Cycle has toured successfully to Vancouver, Edmonton, Hong Kong, Dartmouth and Montreal and was invited to the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. The show has won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards: Outstanding Actor, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Production.
“****! A perfect gem! 24 karat charmer… a marvel” – Toronto Star
In 2002, Theatre Smith-Gilmour produced their second installment of the series, the Dora Award-winning Chekhov longs… In The Ravine at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. Based on a Chekhov novella, In the Ravine tells the darker story of a turn-of-the-century Russian family, through the company’s unique physical performance style and comic mastery.
“An ensemble from acting heaven…one of the best plays of the season” – Classical 96.3FM
An absurd account of falling off the corporate ladder.
Created by Michele Smith, Dean Gilmour, Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza and first produced by Theatre Smith-Gilmour.
2010 Dora Award Winner! Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role/Ensemble.
Don’t miss this tour de force team made up of two hot young emerging artists and two seasoned veterans of Canadian theatre who bring you the funniest and most topical show of the season. Spent brings together two generations of Canada’s most exciting independent theatre artists in this hysterical new clown and bouffon inspired show. SPENT has recently finished a sold out run at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe.
“A wonderful combination of incisive satire and sharp physical comedy…” – NNNN! (4 stars) – NOW Magazine
Jan. 6/17 – Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – Oakville, ON (As I Lay Dying)
Jan. 12-15/17 – Martha Cohen Theatre – Calgary, AB (As I Lay Dying)
Jan. 19-Feb. 4/17 – Goldcorp Stage (BMO Theatre Centre) – Vancouver, AB (As I Lay Dying)