887

Robert Lepage

EX MACHINA / ROBERT LEPAGE

Robert Lepage

887 is the number of an apartment house on Murray Avenue in the city of Quebec, where a certain taxi driver lived with his wife, three children, and for a time also with his mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Robert Lepage, his youngest child and today a world-famous director, actor and playwright, tries in this solo performance to come to terms with the question of memory and forgetting. On stage is a miniature replica of the house in which he grew up. Thanks to the magic of the theatre and the latest visual technology it becomes a “palace of memory”, a starting point for reminiscences of a childhood spent in the stormy 1960s in French-speaking Canada. In the director’s own words, “887 is, for me, a humble attempt to delve into a history with a small ‘h’ to better understand the one with the big ‘H’.”