An aging woman’s sexuality, a marriage in midlife crisis and the taboo of a young boy’s flesh, Mathilde is a feast of emotional contradictions. An arrestingly honest look at a woman trying to reclaim her individuality in midlife, someone who has banished herself from her comfortable, upper middle class marriage, and her successful career to a self-imposed excommunication fueled by sexual abandonment.
Late one night, Mathilde arrives home suitcase in hand, to a husband out of sorts and a house in disarray, boxes strewn everywhere. The air is filled with icy tension, pain and resentment pervade. What follows is a tête à tête between husband and wife, a naked discussion of two people entangled in each other’s love. Brutally honest, funny and fierce, Olmi’s writing is shockingly spare and Brebner’s translation, razor sharp.
Nightwood Theatre presents Mathilde by Véronique Olmi
Translated by Morwyn Brebner
Directed by Kelly Thornton
Starring Martha Burns and Tom McCamus
Assistant Director: Renee Olbert
Set & Costume Design: Victoria Wallace
Lighting Designer: Andrea Lundy
Sound Designer: John Gzowski
Stage Manager: Kathryn Westoll