A world where homosexuality is illegal. A meeting between two women‐ one dedicated to protecting homosexuals, the other dedicated to putting them to death. A past as lovers—hidden, but not forgotten.
“Ex Cathedra” is the second act of “Lavender Railroad”, a two‐act play written by local playwright Lawrence Aronovitch. The eponymous Lavender Railroad recalls the days of the Underground Railroad‐‐ only in this case, the Church‐run Railroad is dedicated to hiding homosexuals who would otherwise be put to death. The Sister, secretary to the Pope, and the Commander, head of security in Japan, share a past full of love, anger, and a possible need for redemption. Along the way, there is talk of faith, love, hope—and most importantly, of trust.
“In a sense, we can say it takes place in an alternate world,” says director Brett Desrosiers. “But that’s only from a western perspective. The truth is, homosexuality is still seen as a crime and is actually punishable by death in too many parts of the world. This is why the story is so important—the concept may seem far‐fetched, but it’s couched in reality, and it’s good for people to be reminded of that.”
Troupe de la Lune originated as an award‐winning theatre company for Sir James Dunn high school in Sault‐Ste‐Marie. Now operating in the Ottawa community as Part of Jer’s Vision: Canada’s Youth Diversity Initiative, Troupe de la Lune has graced the local scene with performances such as “The Vagina Monologues”, “In the Year of our Lord 1495”, “Love in the Time of Harlequin”, and last summer’s acclaimed “Subnormality”. The Troupe is proud to return for a fifth time to the Ottawa Fringe Festival.
“Ex Cathedra”, starring Brett Desrosiers and Marie Victoria Robertson, will premiere Thursday, June 14 at 7:00pm at the Studio Léonard‐Beaulne, located at 135 Séraphin‐Marion on the University of Ottawa campus.
Additional performances will be:
Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 17 at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, June 19 at 5:30 PM
Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 24 at 3:00 PM
For more information, please contact:
Marie Victoria Robertson, director of Troupe de la Lune
E‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 613‐252‐8446