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Past Productions

- Mid-Life Crisis, by Tatiana Chouljenko
- A Miracle of Saint Antony
, by Tatiana Chouljenko
- Chekhov For Two
, by Tatiana Chouljenko and Julie Grgar
- Invisible Tears
, by Tatiana Chouljenko and Julie Grgar
- Biography, a Game, by Max Frisch

Mid-Life Crisis

by Tatiana Chouljenko

Directed by Tatiana Chouljenko
Cast: David Fraser, Scott Maudsley, Edward Zinoviev

Midlife Crisis is an example of a play in which intellectual broods about the helplessness of a life that has been imposed on him by his own psychological disposition and private catastrophes. He is even faking his blindness.

The play is presented in a striking theatrical form: the main character experiments with different episodes of his life. He tries on stories like clothes. Such stories protect his vulnerable nakedness against the predations of the external world, but like clothes have the tendency to fall into the same existential creases.







A Miracle of Saint AntonyA Miracle of Saint Antony

by Maurice Maeterlinck

Directed by Tatiana Chouljenko

What would you say if one day somebody knocked at your door and then proclaimed that he is Saint Antony of Padua and he intended to perform a miracle? Add to the picture that you are in the middle of a funeral and just about to say farewell to one of your beloved relatives, who is lying in a coffin in the next room. The intruder is very eager to revive the deceased back to life. How would a sensible person react to that? Not to mention that the deceased left you a fortune. Probably, under circumstances we would react the same way as the heroes of the play.

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  Left to right: Scott Maudsley,
Edward Zinoviev, Gordon Bolan
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A Miracle of Saint Antony is a play by Maurice Maeterlinck. Maurice Maeterlinck was a Belgian poet, playwright, and essayist. He wrote a series of symbolist plays characterized by fatalism and mysticism. The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life. Maeterlinck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911.

Chekhov for Two. A comedyChekhov for Two

A collection of Anton Chekhov’s stories adapted for the stage by Tatiana Chouljenko and Julie Grgar.

Directed by Tatiana Chouljenko
Featuring: Shawn Mathieson, Edward Zinoviev
Set design: Jerry Silverberg
Lighting design: Jason Morneau
Sound design: Tatiana Chouljenko
Stage Manager: Jason Morneau

With Chekhov for Two, director Tatiana Chouljenko has utilized the acting method promulgated by another Chekhov – Michael, Anton’s nephew – who believed in the power of imagination and (unlike Stanislavsky) considered intuition and fantasy more important than analyses.

After a funeral service, two characters stroll through the graveyard and reminisce about people they once knew – people now dead and buried in this cemetery.

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Edward Zinoviev
and Shawn Mathieson
in Chekhov for Two

Reminiscences turn into theatrical resuscitations as they replay the lives of their deceased acquaintances and friends. Using Chekhov’s story Orator, which takes place in a graveyard, as its starting point, Chekhov for Two journeys through other stories – including A Chameleon, A Thin and a Thick, A Death of a Government Clerk and Overdoing It.

In the second act our two nostalgic yet lively-minded raconteurs proceed to a restaurant where they continue to reminisce.


Invisible TearsInvisible Tears

by Tatiana Chouljenko and Julie Grgar

Artistic Director and Producer: Tatiana Chouljenko
Co-artistic Director: Edward Zinoviev
Director: Tatiana Chouljenko

Invisible Tears is inspired by the works of Anton Chekhov, who laughed at the absurdities of human nature. Even at moments of great tension, Chekhov's good humour creeps in. “I have a craving for life", he once admitted. He adored buffoonery, there was nothing of a puritan in him.

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Edward Zinoviev and Ian Morfitt
in Invisible Tears

This particular production is based on the specific theatrical method formulated by the renowned Michael Chekhov, Anton's nephew, who believed in the power of imagination, intuition and fantasy.

"There is more humor in Chekhov than is generally recognized in the West." - Peter Ustinov

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Biography, a GameBiography, a Game

by Max Frisch

Translated by B. Schreyer
Co-translators: Yana Meerzon, Dmitri Priven

Staged: May 12-30, 2004
Directed: Tatiana Chouljenko
Cast: Edward Zinoviev, Jennifer Kuipers, Shawn Mathieson, Paul Babiak, and Dragana Varagic

Atrium Players presented the English Language premiere of Biography, a Game, Max Frisch’s most recent play - first staged in Germany in 1968. Max Frisch, who can be compared to Harold Pinter in the English-speaking world, edited Biography, A Game in 1984 and the new version is reduced to 5 characters, instead of 33.

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Left to right: Jennifer Kuipers,
Shawn Mathieson, Edward Zinoviev
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The theme of Biography, has dominated much of Frisch’s later work – to what extent are we free to “write our own biographies”; to plot each move in our lives, unhampered by the logic of the decisions we have taken?

The play is presented in a striking theatrical form: the main character experiments with different episodes in his life – to see if they could have been played differently. The catalyst for the action is the breakdown in his marriage. Frisch brings it so far that it becomes a disaster. He examines the disaster with lucidity, wit and subtle moral concern. The questions Frisch asks are always important ones and he never gives an easy

answer. Frisch’s best known plays include Andorra(1961) and Biedermann und die Brandstifter (1958).

The play was translated for the first time into the English language and offered a unique opportunity for the Toronto audience to explore the playwright, well known in Europe.



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