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Artword Theatre (main),
75 Portland St
April 9 to May 9, 2004

The Pleiades Theatre presents
Beaux Gestes & Beautiful Deeds
by Marie-Lynn Hammond
directed by John Van Burek

performed by
Marie-Lynn Hammond,
Deborah Lalond-Grover,
Maria Ricossa
piano accompaniment by
Justin Hayes
set and costumes by
Andjelia Djuric
lighting by Paul Mathiesen

Previews April 9 to 11
opens April 13
runs to May 9, 2004
Tues - Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30

Advance reservations: 416-366-7723 ext 290 (St. Lawrence Centre Ticket Line)
or book
Dinner/show package with Innocenti Restaurant, call 416-408-1146 to reserve.

Note: Bilingual (French/English) performances on:
Sun April 25, Fri April 30 and Wed May 5

BEAUX GESTES AND BEAUTIFUL DEEDS, a play with music, is a joyful celebration of the complexities of life, written by the well-known singer and songwriter, Marie-Lynn Hammond.
Set in 1944 and the present, Beaux Gestes and Beautiful Deeds brings together three amazing women: Elsie Hammond, a flamboyant English-Canadian lady of means from Vancouver, Corinne Allard a hard-working canadienne-française, a survivor, from the poorest parts of Ottawa and Sudbury, and their granddaughter, who is none other than Marie-Lynn Hammond herself. In 1944, Elsie and Corinne have both been recently widowed. The world is an uncertain place and they wonder about the future of their newborn grandchild, Marie-Lynn, as they look back on the twists and turns of their own lives.
It’s against all odds that Elsie and Corinne have been brought together by their headstrong children in their wartime romance. Though language, religion and economics set them worlds apart, between them they cover the whole spectrum of Canadian society and now their granddaughter, Marie-Lynn, lives on trying to balance within her these contradictory halves of our national culture.
Marie-Lynn Hammond wrote her play using the true stories of her wonderful grandmothers, and she knits them together with her lively, haunting and toe-tapping songs. Beaux Gestes and Beautiful Deeds is a moving, funny and exhilarating image of what it is to be Canadian, since most of us carry some form of cultural duality that makes life all the more challenging and rich.