Céleste

“Three mismatched characters are bound together by emotional intricacies they cannot express to each other and their geographic and linguistic differences ultimately come to symbolize the solitude of the human soul. … Ackerman has beautifully scripted the passage of their lives in a very skilful departure from naturalistic convention. Blending dialogue and narrative in scenes where the three characters sometimes speak to each other and sometimes speak to the audiences as though the others weren’t present, she moves with ghostly grace through two decades.”
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail, 13 November, 1995.

“Its timing is eerie. Debuting November 4, in the midst of referendum analysis and political regrouping, Céleste seems to emit an incredibly current commentary. As Céleste returns to her estranged Anglophone husband in Westmount after some international entertaining at Expo, she commits herself to a long-term battle for identity – a battle that doesn’t always reap change or reveal immediate gains. As the curtain closes, Céleste does not protest loudly but remains poker-faced and poised, speaking in underestimated whispers.”
Marc Gilliam, McGill Tribune, 14 November, 1995.

Available from Signature Editions.

Céleste recalls her life with Professor David Temple, first as his housekeeper, then his lover and wife. A poetic tale of memory, suppressed emotion and tenderness, an exploration of Quebec’s three solitudes by way of characters.

Two actors, one actress. First production directed by Marianne Ackerman, starring Marthe Turgeon, Tom Rack, Shimon Aviel, with an appearance by Coral Egan. Music by Karen Young.

Set by Collin Niemi, costumes by Caroline Mercier, lighting by Lou Artaud.