Written by Mohsen El Gharbi
Directed by Mohsen El Gharbi & Zach Fraser
Created and performed by: Mohsen El Gharbi
Translated by: Leanna Brodie
Generously supported by The Cole Foundation & The Canada Council for the Arts
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Nov 4th - Nov 14th, 2021
An English-Language Premiere!
Omi Mouna is the beautifully heartfelt, poignant and playful semi-autobiographical tale of Mohsen El Gharbi’s voyage from Montreal to Tunisia to meet his paternal great-grandmother and to retrace his family’s turbulent legacy. In its original French version, Omi Mouna toured extensively throughout Québec and New Brunswick. Infinithéâtre is proud to produce the English-language premiere of this compelling tragicomic tale by a highly charismatic performer.
MOHSEN EL GHARBI (CREATOR/PERFORMER)
Mohsen El Gharbi is an author, actor and director born in Antwerp by a Flemish mother and a Tunisian father. A graduate of the LASSAAD International Theatre School (Jacques Lecoq pedagogy, Brussels), Mohsen refined his training with Ariane Mouchkine, Dario Fo, and Yoshi Oida. He has been living in Montreal since 1997.
He is the author of five solos, Omi Mouna, Il était une fois... Omi Mouna, Le dernier rôle, Juste pour mourir - monologue of a failed kamikaze! and most recently Omi Mouna: My fantastic encounter with my great-grandmother. He has participated in several theatre productions, including Trois (M. Soleymanlou), L'énigme Camus - une passion algérienne (J.-M. Papapietro), The Poster (A. Bardesono), Mr. Goldberg Goes To Tel Aviv (G. Sprung), L'orangeraie (C. Poissant), Là où le sang se mêle (C. Bender).
In 2016, he directed his first short film, Le secret d'Omi Mouna, selected for participation in several Festivals. Film credits include Après coup (N. Mitrani), Montréal la blanche (B. Bensaddek), Pawn Sacrifice (E. Zwick). Television roles include his character in Demain des hommes, Cerebrum, Fait divers, Nouvelle adresse, Mémoires vives, Yamaska, 450 - Chemin du Golf, Mon meilleur ennemi, among others.
In the fall of 2019, he performed under the direction of Frédéric Blanchette in Le meilleur des mondes at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier and in Migraaaants (M. Herrera) at the Salle intime du Prospero. Throughout 2020, he toured Omi Mouna (in its French production) across Québec. Upcoming: He will play Salem in Aleppo - A Portrait of Absence (M. Al Attar) at the Festival TransAmérique 2021.
Leanna Brodie (Translator)
Leanna Brodie is a playwright whose work has been performed from Halifax to Vancouver, from London to Auckland. Her plays The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse are published by Talonbooks. She is also a noted translator of Québécois playwrights, with 2019-2020 productions in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Chicago as well as five scheduled English-language premieres: David Paquet’s 2019 Jessie Award-winning The Shoe (The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY), Wildfire (Upstream Theater, St. Louis MO); Annie Broccoli's Stella and the Time Machine Journey (Lune Rouge, Arlington TX); Joe Jack et John's Violette (Espace Libre, Montréal QC); and Sébastien Harrisson’s From Alaska (Ruby Slippers/Gateway Theatre, Vancouver BC).
Two of her translations were nominated for this year's Tom Hendry Awards. Brodie is an Artistic Associate at Ruby Slippers Theatre and is co-writing Salesman in China with Jovanni Sy as well as working on multiple translation commissions. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Calgary. www.leannabrodie.com
Infinithéâtre's English-language premiere production of Omi Mouna is generously supported by The Cole Foundation and The Canada Council for the Arts.