The company experienced steady growth from its first production, Lee Blessing's Eleemosynary, which they performed in Montreal and in the Edmonton Fringe Movement. They followed with John Patrick Shanley's Italian American Reconciliation (directed by Alexandre Hausvater, who directed several of the company's productions). They experienced their greatest growth when they performed M. Butterfly (1993) by David Henry Hwang at the Saidye Bronfman Centre. With the success of this production and their production of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles (1992) and David Mamet's Oleanna (1993) (which won the award for best anglophone production at the first Masques Awards), the company decided to become a subscription organization.
Faltering occurred almost immediately upon the heels of this decision with a disastrously misdirected production of Teibele and Her Demon (by Isaac Bashevis Singer, directed by Hausvater, 1994). Despite a well-received production of Elliott Hayes' Homeward Bound (1995) which followed, the company suspended regular operations and subscriptions, hoping to recoup on its upcoming production (1995) of A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Hausvater's production was chaotic, audiences stayed away in droves and the cast, hoping to keep the company (and the production) alive, began to sell tickets themselves.
Profile by Gaetan Charlebois
Last updated 2021-05-05