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“Poor is witty, clever, sneaky, poetic and brilliant. It is both of our time in its exploration of wealth and class and also a timeless human story.” – 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival Review


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ESSENTIAL COLLECTIVE THEATRE


Monica Dufault is an impressive creative force in the Niagara Region, wearing many artistic hats as a performer, director and writer for the likes of Shaw Festival, Theatre Beyond Words, Carousel Players and many more. Dufault is now Artistic Director of Niagara’s own Essential Collective Theatre (ECT) and has spent her first two seasons with ECT directing shows by local playwrights and making music with the Niagara community through her highly successful project, Senior Stories.


This season, audiences will have the pleasure of seeing Dufault take centre stage at Robertson Theatre in ECT’s production of Poor by Vancouver playwright Suzanne Ristic. Poor is a one-woman show that follows a wealthy Canadian woman who pretends to be homeless so she can better understand how the other half lives. Poor was first produced at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival and was met with glowing reviews.


“The disparity between the very wealthy and the very poor is evident in the Niagara Region as in most big cities,” says Dufault. “I was attracted to this project because it tackles timely, meaningful issues in an outrageous and funny way.”


Since the premiere, the play has undergone two development workshops, one at Presentation House Theatre in Vancouver and another at ECT in December of 2015 where Dufault first began her journey with the piece. It is evident that she doesn’t shy away from playing many roles in her artistic career and the same can be said for her performance in Poor, a production in which she portrays 23 different characters without ever leaving the stage.


“It is a challenge, as an actor to maintain this intense storytelling relationship with the audience for the entire 75 minutes of the show,” says Dufault. “I think audiences can expect to laugh a lot, to be challenged and to consider things in a new way.”


Monica Dufault and her team at ECT will continue to enrich our local


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performing arts scene from February 18 - 28 with their production of Poor and again prove just how essential they are to the local arts scene.


- Heather Lowe


Essential Collective Theatre


POOR Robertson Theatre REGULAR: $30 COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY: $25 HIGH SCHOOL: $5


8PM Thu 18 - Sat 20 Feb Tue 24 - Sat 27 Feb


2PM Sun 21 + Sun 28 Feb


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