Bashir Lazhar

Director Richard Wolfe tells us why we should see

Bashir Lazhar

Written by: Evelyne de la Chenelière

Translated by: Morwyn Brebner

Directed by: Richard Wolfe

Starring: David Marr

Presented by: pi theatre (link)

“Hello, my name is Bashir Lazhar. I’m filling in for your regular teacher, Martine Lachance, who as you know won’t be coming back.  They haven’t told me much. I do know that you are Grade 6B.”
– Bashir Lazhar

Bashir Lazhar, an Algerian faced with the hurdles of obtaining refugee status, finds himself teaching a class of grade six students who are reeling from their own trauma.  Together, they learn to navigate an unpredictable world with courage and humour.

This 75-minute one-man show is written with great sensitivity by Evelyne de la Chenelière, considered one of Québec’s pre-eminent playwrights, and translated by Morwyn Brebner, who brought us The Optimists and Little Mercy’s First Murder. Bashir, brought to life by David Marr, has left behind his wife and three children and has come to Montréal to prepare for their new life in Canada. His story explores the practical and emotional nuances of living in a multi-cultural society, and raises questions about the relationship between teacher and student.

Bashir Lazhar is a human portrait that touches on the challenges that many new Canadians experience while trying to find their way in a new country, and those we all face as we make our way in a sometimes-difficult world.  It is a celebration of survival through love.

Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
March 5-21 (Previews March 5 and opens March 6, 2009)

8PM Tuesday-Saturday, 2pm matinees March 8, 14, 15 & 21

Tickets:  $27.50/$22.50, $21.50 Matinees
Two-for-one preview Mar 5, $18 World Theatre Day performance Sunday Mar 8.

Tickets are available at the door 90 minutes before show-time and anytime online through Tickets Tonight – or phone 604.684.2787

Tickets are FREE to the first 20 Pi members at the door for the first week of Bashir Lazhar


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