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Avant-garde theatre company, co-founded by Pierre Dagenais and Janine Sutto in Montreal in 1943. During the next five years, it produced a wide range of thirteen plays in French by local and international playwrights, including: Altitude 3,200 by Julian Luchaire (Monument National, 1943); Huis-clos by Jean-Paul Sartre (Salle du Gésu, 1944); Shakespeare’s Le Songe d’une nuit d’été (L’Ermitage gardens, 1945); Liliom by Ferenc Molnar (1946); Le Grand Poucet by Claude Puget (1946); G.B. Shaw’s Le Héros et le soldat (1946, dir. Herbert Whittaker); and Le Temps de vivre by Dagenais (1947). With the exception of the Shaw play, Dagenais directed all productions. Critical response was favourable, except for Le Temps de vivre. In 1947, financial exigencies forced the closure of the company. However, several notable actors benefitted from their work with L’Équipe, including Denise Pelletier, Yvette Brind’Amour, and Janine Sutto.

Source: Herbert Whittaker. The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, eds. Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly. Toronto: Oxford U. Press, 1989.

Last updated 2020-01-15