French translation of Castor and Sylvie
Gailey Road is excited to be working with Emeline Beckmann on a French translation of Castor and Sylvie, a biography play about feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir and her mid-life companion Sylvie Le Bon. The English version of the play was last performed at The L Fest in Llandudno, Wales in 2018. Castor and Sylvie is part of Gailey Road's ongoing project of bringing stories of queer families to the stage.
Paris, France. 1980. After the death of her life-long writing partner and friend Jean-Paul Sartre, feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (Castor), author of The Second Sex, decides to adopt her mid-life companion Sylvie Le Bon as her daughter. When Sylvie refuses to agree to the adoption, Beauvoir must persuade Sylvie to change her mind.
Standing: Lori Nancy Kalamanski as Sylvie
Sitting: Mary Ellen MacLean as Castor
Dress Rehearsal for the L Fest, Wales, July 2018
Gailey Road is an independent theatre company that stages research-based theatre about contemporary human, social, and political issues that affect us all. Established in January 2007 by Artistic Director, performed ethnographer and playwright Tara Goldstein, Gailey Road has worked with over 60 writers and 60 theatre artists in the last 13 years. Gailey Road is committed to fostering dialogue around issues of diversity, equity and intersectionality. We are also committed to promoting LGBTQ+ voices both on and offstage. Our plays have been read, performed and discussed with a wide variety of audiences in high school, university, teacher education classes and education conferences. Our plays have also been staged at The Toronto Fringe Festival, The Queer West Festival, the Toronto Pride Festival, La Festival Rosa in Bogotá, Colombia, the Toronto SummerWorks Festival, and The L Fest in Llandudno, Wales. From 2011-2015 Gailey Road produced four seasons of a literary performance event called Women Writing Letters. Our latest productions are Castor and Sylvie a biography play about French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and her mid-life companion Sylvie Le Bon and Out at School a multi-media verbatim theatre piece which explores the experiences of LGBTQ Families in Ontario schools.