After Me, by Christian Bégin
[Translated from Après moi]
In a motel off a snowbound northern highway, three rooms are in use. In the first, a man and woman will commit adultery for the first time. In the second, a couple will make love for the last time. In the third, a lonely man prepares to die. In each room, a singular, extraordinary event will occur. And then the whole sequence will begin again... After Me is six versions of the same story, six ways of experiencing the same moment with increasing intimacy. When the doors start to open, how will these five lost souls begin to change each other's destiny?
Cast size: 2F/3M
Translation commissioned and premiered by Ruby Slippers Theatre, directed by Diane Brown (Vancouver, 2015). Nominated for 5 Jessie Awards, including Best Production, with 2 wins (Best Actor Scott Bellis, Best Actress Jennifer Lines).
"Intimacy, loss, and the tenuous thread of our connection to others are the themes... ambitious and beautifully realized..." – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
"The simplicity, honesty and intimacy... is breathtaking. The script is riveting, intelligent, profoundly moving and a superb example of all that live theatre can and should be: a communion, a coming together." – Jo Ledingham, Vancourier
SIMONE: The motel’s empty! I don’t think there’s anyone here except us... I mean who’d want to come here in the middle of February when it’s minus a thousand outside? Nobody. Not even if they just wanted a nice place to croak... So what about you... What are you doing here all by yourself? Did you get a flat tire? Are you a travelling salesman? Did your wife kick you out? Because you have to be really seriously desperate to end up here... Right?
Jennifer Lines, Scott Bellis
Dawn Petten, Chirag Naik
Scott Bellis, Chirag Naik