Back by popular demand! Last year, the world première of Sleeping Rough was the surprise hit of the summer, with all performances selling out. This year we are delighted to present it again, with both performances held at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.
Hélène Brunet – Anna (Emily’s mother / la mère d’Emily)
Kellylee Evans – chorus / chœur
Gary Dahl – Ted
Sienna Dahlen – Emily
Sandra Nicholls – libretto / livret
Roddy Ellias – music / musique
Noreen Young – puppet maker and set design / marionnettes et décor
Kris Riendeau – director / réalisateur
Ingrid Harris – costume design and maker / costumes
Sarah Argue, Stephen Brathwaite, Allan Martin, Bob Stutt, Noreen Young – puppeteers / marionnettistes
Matthew Larkin – conductor / chef
Pascale Margeley – flute / flûte
Roxanne Léveillé – clarinet / clarinette
Petr Cancura – soprano saxophone and mandolin / saxophone soprano et mandoline
Adam Nelson, Geneviève Petit – violins / violons
Paul Casey – viola / alto
Thaddeus Morden, Raphael Weinroth-Browne – cellos / violoncelles
John Geggie – double bass / contrebasse
Michelle Gott – harp / harpe
Liz Hansen – percussion / percussions
Sleeping Rough is the story of three people whose lives are connected through love, loss, and emotional pain. We meet Ted at the start of Act 1, living on the street and lamenting his life. Emily, a young woman who works nearby, thinks she sees a man worth saving, beneath the matted hair and beard. She listens patiently to his story, and helps him with his alcoholism.
Emily lives with her mother, Anna, believing her father is dead. One day she invites Ted to her house to dinner, leading to a series of tragedies that change all their lives forever.
The story is told from the point of view of the three main characters, as well as a «chorus of one,» which alternates between the voice of Ted’s conscience and the ironic voice of fate, as well as flashbacks from earlier times in the lives of Ted and Anna.
The writing and production of this chamber opera has been generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa Arts Funding.