Artistic director Dean Patrick Fleming has commissioned a holiday play from award-winning playwright Marcus Youssef (Jabber, Winners and Losers) to challenge our prejudices, embrace our city’s diversity, and open a space for dialogue to include Montreal’s youth as we explore and navigate our differences.
In Chloe’s Choice we meet 9 and 4/5th year-old Chloe during the first holiday season since her parents’ divorce. Chloe is learning to live in two homes and to reconcile a number of new holiday traditions. Her mother returns to her Judaic roots, and moves in with a practicing Jewish man and his son; and Chloe’s Christian father is now dating a Nigerian Muslim woman. In this thoughtful, visually stunning and heartwarming show, a number of manifestations of faith and family meet and intermingle. Though in the end what Chloe decides to celebrate surprises them all. Chloe’s Choice, in its celebration of different stories, voices and beliefs, encourages all of us to reflect on the beauty of what makes us different, while celebrating the strength of what we all have in common.
Chloe’s Choice: The True But Not Entirely Reasonable Holiday Fable of Chloe Rebecca Ramadan, Aged 9 4/5, by Marcus Youssef, runs December 5-14. It is directed by Dean Patrick Fleming. The script was developed with the support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal and Emma Tibaldo.
Centaur Theatre, 453 Francois-Xavier. Tickets $14.50-$18.50. For ages 7 and up. Info and Box Office: 514-845-9810, email@example.com