Omi Mouna

Written by Mohsen El Gharbi
Directed by Mohsen El Gharbi
Performed by Mohsen El Gharbi
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Artistic collaboration: Zach Fraser
Produced by L'acteur en marche

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Nov 10th - Nov 11th, 2021

90 minutes

Nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance at the 2022 METAs

Created and performed by Mohsen El Gharbi, Omi Mouna is the beautifully heartfelt, poignant and playful semi-autobiographical tale of El Gharbi’s voyage from Montreal to Tunisia to meet his paternal great-grandmother and to retrace his family’s turbulent legacy. The solo performance unfolds on a bare stage where the actor, playing a multitude of characters, moves the audience through a fantastical and comic world, but a world that can hurt as well.

The English-language production of Omi Mouna premiered at Infinithéâtre in November 2021, and we're delighted to see L'acteur en marche continue touring their production with both French and English-language performances.

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.

Presented at the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec

In English: Nov. 10th, 8pm
In French: Nov. 11th, 8pm

General Admission: $32.00 (tax incl)
Seniors/CAEA/ACTRA/UdA: $27.00 (tax incl)
Students: $22.00 (tax incl)

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