Marianne Ackerman

Marianne Ackerman

Since moving to Montreal from Ontario in 1981, Marianne Ackerman has played an active role on the city’s cultural scene.

As co-founder of THEATRE 1774 and artistic director, she wrote and directed plays about Montreal’s founding myths, the dynamic tangle of linguistic and social threads that give this place its fusion flavour of tension and joy.

Inspired by historical incidents, L’Affaire Tartuffe (1993) and Venus of Dublin (Centaur Theatre, 2000) tackled the struggles of a frontier society to break free from colonial domination.

Her new plays, Triplex Nervosa Trilogy, are multi-generational comedies about life, love and making music in Mile End, the creative heart of contemporary Montreal.

Spring 2020

THREE NEW PLAYS

Triplex Nervosa was born of a frenzied mood, near the end of a two-month long Christmas holiday. The precarious state of world affairs collided with my personal creative woes. While I typed, people around me made toast, drank tea, moaned about the weather.

Night. A woman and a man, young, stand outside a three- storey apartment building on Jeanne Mance Street, Montreal. He speaks first, in a thick East European accent. The tone is conspiratorial...

So you want me to kill him. — No. — Hurt him. — Well. — Pain. — Inconvenience. — Damage. — Whatever it takes to get him out. — Damage he can feel and see. — No! — Invisible? — Yes. — Invisible damage is expensive.
Tass Nazor has abandoned a promising career as a cellist to buy a triplex. She’s in over her head, swamped by renovations, squeezed by tenants who won’t pay market rents: a womanizing Frenchman on the second floor, a morose producer grieving the death of his son on the third. The seller, Rebb Klein, Hassidic father of many daughters, won’t finish the repairs he agreed to make as part of the sale. Handyman Rakie means well, but he’s falling in love with Tass, which makes him an unreliable accomplice. Meanwhile, in the real world, the mortgage and stock market crisis of 2008 is whipping international capitalism into a tailspin. People like Tass could be wiped out in a flash.



Excerpted from Where Do Plays Come From? Where Do They Go? Introduction to Triplex Nervosa Trilogy, Guernica Editions, spring 2020.


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Theatre is an ancient art form, an eternal cycle of death and resurrection. My advice to writers who would like to write for the stage: found your own company. At least, get involved with a company, pay your dues. Find ways to meet actors, cook dinners, pour wine, ask them to read your scripts. Actors are the writer’s natural allies. We need each other.

Watching actors take on a role and make it their own is a thrilling experience, a huge part of what makes theatre worth the incredible effort it demands. When the writer is part of the process of production, by the time a play goes public, you’ve pretty well forgotten what you had in mind before other people got involved. And so it should be. Plays, like children, must be able to survive on their own.


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UPCOMING EVENTS: Spring Summer 2020


Launch of Triplex Nervosa Trilogy

April 29 @ 7:00 pm
Drawn & Quarterly
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Guernica Spring Season Launch

May 2 @ 6:00 pm
Paragraph Books


Event Details
Matters of Heart

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 Piers' Desire

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Jump

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Venus of Dublin

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L'affaire Tartuffe

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Woman by a Window & Céleste

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