by Nancy Huston
This is a story about love: the love of a mother and the love of a wife. And how one woman – Queen Jocasta – must do all she can to bury the secret that threatens to destroy that love. Through a modern retelling of the classic Oedipus story – from Queen Jocasta’s perspective – Governor General Award winner Nancy Huston succeeds brilliantly in challenging the norms of moral authority. In a fight to preserve the life she cherishes, Jocasta is prepared to accept the “unacceptable,” encouraging us to question our own traditional notions of right and wrong. Jocasta Regina is a play that celebrates our human need for joy, passion, and love, but above all, it is a play that begs for a societal return to rational thought.
“admirable take on one of humankind’s archetypal tales… worthwhile direction… strong performances… delivered with convincing passion… Magahay makes us comprehend the profundity of the tragedy.” Times Colonist
“The two leads are superb… Wendy Magahay is a seasoned Victoria actress… I think this is, by far, her best work… Bjornson keeps up with her step for faltering step and their explosive climax at the end is real and raw and as good as you’ll see.” CBC
“Wendy Magahay and Monty Bjornson light up the stage… director Clayton Jevne has drawn incredibly realistic performances from this pair of accomplished and fearless actors… the cast leaves no corner unexplored… boldly interpreted by excellent thespians.” Janis Lacouvee, I Have My Own Life to Live
“Jocasta… brilliantly played by Wendy Magahay… Montgomery Bjornson… appears perfect in the part… Theatre Inconnu… may be one of Victoria’s best-kept secrets.” Monday Magazine
Directed by Clayton Jevne
Costumes by Clara Van Horn-Foy
Stage Managed by Jessical Alford
Cast (alphabetically): Autumn Antonsen as Ismene, Geli Bartlett as Eudoxia, Montgomery Bjornson as Oedipus, Catriona Black as Coryphaeus, Amber Landry as Antigone, and Wendy Magahay as Jocasta.
Preview: May 2 @ 8pm
8pm shows: May 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20
2pm show: May 6, 13, 20
Directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234 or by Email.
(please do not reserve through Facebook)
Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu.
14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
May 2 – Preview is $7
Wednesday May 10 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission
The show is about 2 hours long, including one intermission.
Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.
We are wheelchair accessible.