L to R: Hugh Thompson as Benoît Fournier & Zach Faye as Jean Émile Fournier (Photo by Stoo Metz) Four Merritt Award Nominations for The
Photos by Stoo Metz
The December Man won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2007 and is inspired by one of the most tragic and significant incidents in our country’s history, the École Polytechnique Massacre on Dec 6th, 1989. Murphy’s play deals with the fate of a bystander who witnessed the event and could/did not act. The December Man is the story of how he and his family were tragically affected.
For those of us who remember it vividly, this play helps us to understand the terrible aftermath that still lives with us. For a generation that wasn’t born when it took place, The December Man is a revelatory experience. With mass shootings on the rise and gender-based domestic violence at an all-time high during Covid-19, this examination of ‘the bystander effect’ in The December Man is startlingly relevant to Nova Scotians and beyond.
The production featured scenic design by nationally-acclaimed artist and long-time HomeFirst collaborator, Sue LePage. It also featured lighting and projection design by Holly Meyer-Dymny, sound design by Steven Naylor, production stage management by Jeana MacIsaac, assistant stage management by Sarah Wakely, technical direction by Matt Downey, outreach by Kiana MacDonnell, associate producing by Rebecca Wolfe, and direction by Mary Vingoe.
The December Man also featured a small three-person cast comprised of some of the brightest talents in Nova Scotia. Zach Faye and Martha Irving each made their HomeFirst debut in this show, while HomeFirst veteran Hugh Thompson marked his fifth production with the company.
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