French theatre in Vancouver? Mais oui.
Vancouver's French-language theatre company, Théâtre la Seizième, was le grand winner at this year's Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards – picking up eight awards, including six for À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, which nearly swept the large theatre category on Monday night. The production of the Michel Tremblay classic was named outstanding production and won for direction (Craig Holzschuh, who is also Théâtre la Seizième's artistic and managing director), lead actor (Joey Lespérance), actress (France Perras), supporting actress (Julie Trépanier) and set design (Drew Facey, who also picked up the set-design award in the small theatre category for Blasted).
Rounding out the Jessies' large theatre category, Dean Paul Gibson was named best supporting actor for The Arts Club's Saint Joan, which also won for sound design (Alessandro Juliani). And Gateway Theatre's Crazy for You won for costume design (Carmen Alatorre) and significant artistic achievement (Julie Tomaino for outstanding choreography).
In the small theatre category, Ruby Slippers Theatre's After Me (Après Moi) won both lead acting awards (Scott Bellis and Jennifer Lines), while Pi Theatre's Blasted won for best direction (Richard Wolfe). Stationary: a Recession-era Musical won for best musical and Osimous Theatre's Our Town was named outstanding play. Our Town's cast won the significant artistic achievement award for outstanding ensemble performance.
Another Théâtre la Seizième production, Selfie, won two awards in the theatre for young audiences category.
Hiro Kanagawa won the Jessie for outstanding original script for Rumble Theatre's Indian Arm. And the Georgia Straight Critics' Choice Innovation Award went to Theatre Conspiracy's Foreign Radical.
Editor's note: France Perras won the best actress award, while Julie Trépanier won supporting actress. Incorrect information appeared in the original version of this article.