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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hilarious Trio Take a Ride They'll Never Forget in HELLEVATOR!



So basically this means we have no flashlight, its pitch black, its 3 oclock in the morning, and were stuck in an elevator on the 30th floor of this second-rate hotel? Life is good.

HELLAVATOR PRODUCTIONS presents a site-specific production of an insane new comedy by award-winning playwright Ned Cox. The site?Ķ a 1930s freight elevator located in the old Warshaws building at 3861, boul. St-Laurent.

Alain Goulem directs Dream Team Alex Haber, Neil Napier, and Michel Perron as two tourists and a maintenance worker trapped in a broken-down elevator on the 30th floor of a has-been hotel. Will they ever get it moving again? One catch: if they do, the only way theyre going is down way, waaaaaaaay down! And is the janitor what he seems, or is that sulphur we smell?

So what are we supposed to do? Any ideas?

We could make the best of it.

How do you make the best of being stuck in an elevator?

Oh, a little music, a little laughterĶ

As for the subject matter, the plays author, Ned Cox says, years ago I was stuck for 11 hours in an elevator. I guess this play is my revenge upon all elevators that possess the diabolical power to mess up our lives at any moment. Cox goes on to warn audiences not to expect the normal first few minutes: the elevator is in total blackout they wont even see the characters until they can get the power back on!

What, were you dabbling in physics? Did you think I knowĶ were moving at long last nows the perfect time to see if that little red button will bring us to a screaming halt AGAIN?!

HELLAVATOR was developed as part of the Playwrights Unit program at Playwrights Workshop Montreal. Cox explains: Alex Haber, a member of the Playwrights Unit, read the part of Wendy as I brought in draft after draft. She was so perfect for the part that I begged her to be in the cast! This is the funniest cast Ive ever worked with!

You havent bought me one present in our two years together!

I gave you a Cuisinart!

You bought it in a garage sale!

Because it was a Classic Model! They last a lifetime!

The play will be performed with the actors actually trapped in an old-fashioned working service elevator. The audience of 25 will watch the action, seated in a small lobby, inches from the elevator doors. Set and lighting design is by the multi-talented Sarah Yaffe with sound design by director, Al Goulem, and costumes a company collaboration.

It is very important to note that the number of seats is extremely limited, with tickets being sold ONLY at the venue the night of the performance.


This is an opportunity for still and TV cameras to capture a scene from the play, for radio to record sound clips as well as for interviews with the playwright/actors.

Wednesday, October 29th at 1 PM

3861, boul. St-Laurent

Please confirm your attendance with Barbara Ford

(514) 342 7936

NED COX is from New Jersey and spent almost 25 years in London, UK as a writer and director, winning awards in London as well as at the Edinburgh Festival. He finally discovered Montreal, where his play Mimi on the Beach was staged in the 2005 Montreal Fringe Festival and where he now lives with his wife Johanne and their son Jeremy one production Ned is always proud of.

ALAIN GOULEM: Alains directing credits include shows at Centaur Theatre, Theatre Lac Brome, Geordie Productions and Hudson Village Theatre West. Alain teamed with Clowns Gone Bad theatre company and created (directed and co-wrote) the hit comedies MocShplat and Umlout. Alain also directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and Shakespeares Lost Play for Repercussion Theatres Shakespeare in the Park and the bilingual production of The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine at Hudson Village Theatre West as well as the critically acclaimed Housekeeping and Homewrecking at Theatre St-Catherine. Most recently he directed Peacemaker as a part of Geordie Productions mainstage season.

ALEX HABER: Alexandria Haber is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced in Calgary, Montreal and Winnipeg as well as in the U.S.A. As an actor she was most recently seen in the Mecca nominated ensemble piece Housekeeping and Homewrecking (which she also wrote.) Other credits of note include roles in Romeo & Juliet and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for Centaur Theatre.

NEIL NAPIER: Neil Napier was born and raised in Montreal, a member of a highly artistic family. He studied theatre at John Abbott College and has been working regularly in both film and theatre since graduating. Nominated for a Best Actor MECCA in 2002, he snagged two consecutive MECCAs for Best Ensemble in 2006 and 2007. He had roles in Condoville, The Caretaker and The Cyclops at Centaur Theatre, was as in the hugely successful Montreal Fringe production of Alex Habers Housekeeping and Homewrecking, and more recently, played the unscrupulous judge in Mainlines production of Hedda Gabler. Later this season he can be seen in the Centaur production of With Bated Breath.


MICHEL PERRON: Michel was born in Richmond, Quebec, trained at Dawson College and now lives in Chateauguay. He has been performing for 25 years and is one of Montreals most comprehensive actors having conquered the film, television, radio, stage (cabarets and musicals) and voice-over domains in both official languages. Michel was awarded a Masque for Best Supporting Actor in the 2007 Centaur production of Assorted Candies and the same year received an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Voice Performance for Monster Allergy.

Run: October 29 November 16

Wed. through Sat. 9 PM

Previews: October 29 & 30

Opening Night: October 31

Closing Night: November 16


3861, boul. St-Laurent


Regular Admission: $20

Concessions: $15 (And both Preview shows)

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