Refugee Hotel (Montreal)

Refugee HotelThe Refugee Hotel
Written by Carmen Aguirre, Directed by Paulina Abarca-Cantin
A dark comedy about exile, love and the Canadian resettlement experience

Oct. 26-Nov. 13, 2016
Teesri Duniya Theatre at Segal Centre Studio
5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal, Canada

The world’s refugee crisis looms large, affecting all walks of lives, generations and nations. This moving, dark comedy brings to life the consequences of exile, betrayal, torture and guilt, but it is ultimately about the strength of the human spirit and its power to heal. Here, Aguirre poignantly chronicles the story of a wave of Chilean refugees placed at a hotel in downtown Montreal following the aftermath of the brutal Chilean coup d’état of Sept. 11, 1973. The Refugee Hotel resonates with contemporary relevance and universality, exploring Canada’s ability to successfully accept, support and embrace refugees as new citizens.

The play is performed in English with Spanish surtitles. Continuing their mandate to encourage dialogue, the company will hold a talkback with invited guests after each performance.

Cette comédie sombre et touchante donne vie aux conséquences de l’exil, de la trahison, de la torture et de la culpabilité, mais est avant tout à propos de la force de l’esprit humain et de son pouvoir de guérison. Raconté par une jeune femme qui revit son enfance en pensées, Aguirre retrace de manière poignante l’histoire d’une vague de réfugiés chiliens qui sont placés dans un hôtel du centre-ville de Montréal, suite aux conséquences du coup d’état brutal au Chili le 11 septembre 1973. The Refugee Hotel résonne avec une pertinence contemporaine et universalité, explorant la capacité du Canada à accepter, supporter et adopter avec succès les réfugiés en tant que citoyens.

With/Avec: Charles Bender, Pablo Diconca, Braulio Elicer, Craig Francis, Ziad Ghanem, Shanti Gonzales, Juan Grey, Gilda Monreal, Sally Singal, Mariana Tayler and Vera Wilson Valdez

Segal Centre box office Halloween Special- Remember the souls from the refugee hotel: tickets for Sun. Oct. 30 8pm & Mon. Oct. 31 are 2-for-1 if purchased by Oct. 20 with the code word ‘refugee’.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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