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The Aeneid to play at La Chapelle Theatre

Aeneas as envisioned by painter Claude Lorrain in the 17th century.

Aeneas as envisioned by painter Claude Lorrain in the 17th century.

The Aeneid is the Greek classic poem by Virgil that tells the saga of Aeneas, his escape from Troy with his son and father and his search for a new home.

It has been transposed into a modern setting of the Middle East in the French-language version by Quebec playwright Olivier Kemeid and newly translated into English by Judith Miller.

In the English version at La Chapelle, we encounter the characters in puppet form at tourist resorts, refugee camps and immigration offices, and then into the supernatural with a visit to Hades.

The production is from Talisman Theatre, whose mandate is to introduce French-language Quebec plays to anglophone audiences via translation. It features Mercelo Arroyo, Deena Aziz, and Chimwemwe Miller.

It runs to March 15 at La Chapelle Theatre, 3709 St. Dominique. 514-846-0402, lachapelle.org.

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