Zuppa Theatre Co. to re-stage 2011 hit, The Debacle

The ever-dynamic Zuppa Theatre is staging a special, Always-A-Bridesmaid… run of their 2011 hit play, The Debacle, November 15–18, 2012 at Armbrae Academy Drama Studio.

Since premiering in Halifax in April 2011, The Debacle was nominated for four Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards including Best Production; was one of only five nominees for the prestigious 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award; and was awarded bronze in The Coast’s “Best of Halifax” Reader Survey.

This perpetual runner-Up has toured to Toronto as part of Nightwood Theatre’s New Groundswell Festival; Saint John, New Brunswick; Charlottetown, PEI; and the internationally renowned Festival TransAmériques in Montréal. Invigorated by the excitement of the open road, The Debacle returns to Halifax with a brand new set and lighting design.

A co-creation of actor and Zuppa Theatre Co-Artistic Director, Susan Leblanc-Crawford, and director, Ann-Marie Kerr with technical direction by Ingrid Risk, The Debacle stars Ms. LeBlanc-Crawford as Margaret, a woman desperate to freeze the memories of her dying sister following a terrible accident. It is a highly theatrical portrait of a woman facing the inevitable reality of being alone.

Festival TransAmérique, Montréal described it this way. “Prostrate and disheveled, Margaret is surrounded by hundreds of Mason jars containing childhood secrets. She slowly opens them one by one, gradually letting go of the chaos that haunts her. Exhausted by grief, she clings to fragments of memories that evoke a family that has disappeared. She must go back in time, into the panic and terror of memory, and try to recall moments of lost innocence.”

Among the comments of critical acclaim:

“…a brave performance that moves from comedy to pathos in the blink of an eye.”

– Joel Fishbane, The Charlebois Post

“Sue Leblanc-Crawford is a marvelous actress to watch—fear, longing and loneliness pass across her face like clouds across the sun.”
-Kate Watson, The Coast

“…her physicality is strong and her concentration is fierce; yet, she conveys a warmth, humanity and humour.”
 – Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald

“A tour de force one woman marvel”
 – Amanda Campbell, The Way I See It

This limited Always-A-Bridesmaid… run of The Debacle can be enjoyed November 15–18 at 8:00 pm with 2:30 pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday at Armbrae Academy Drama Studio, 1400 Oxford Street, Halifax. See The Debacle now, before it wins!


Supported by: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Dee Dee’s Ice Cream, Armbrae Academy, and The Brooklyn Warehouse.