Infinithéâtre presents
An English-Language Premiere!

Omi Mouna

A fantastical encounter with my great-grandmother

Written by Mohsen El Gharbi
Directed by Mohsen El Gharbi & Zach Fraser
Created and performed by: Mohsen El Gharbi
Translated by: Leanna Brodie

November 4-14, 2021

Omi Mouna is the beautifully heartfelt, poignant and playful semi-autobiographical tale of Mohsen El Gharbi’s voyage from Montreal to Tunisia to meet his paternal great-grandmother and to retrace his family’s turbulent legacy. In its original French version, Omi Mouna toured extensively throughout Québec and New Brunswick. Infinithéâtre is proud to produce the English-language premiere of this compelling tragicomic tale by a highly charismatic performer. El Gharbi last left Infini audiences laughing with his zany performance in Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv.

“Charismatic, versatile, this gifted artist (…) deconstructs before our eyes the various sources of his cultural baggage, manifesting dozens of lives to find the meaning of his own.” – Marie-Christiane Hellot, Revue Jeu

Mohsen El GharbiMohsen El Gharbi (Creator/Performer)
Mohsen El Gharbi is an author, actor and director born in Antwerp by a Flemish mother and a Tunisian father. A graduate of the LASSAAD International Theatre School (Jacques Lecoq pedagogy, Brussels), Mohsen refined his training with Ariane Mouchkine, Dario Fo, and Yoshi Oida. He has been living in Montreal since 1997.

He is the author of five solos, Omi Mouna, Il était une fois… Omi Mouna, Le dernier rôle, Juste pour mourir – monologue of a failed kamikaze! and most recently Omi Mouna: My fantastic encounter with my great-grandmother. He has participated in several theatre productions, including Trois (M. Soleymanlou), L’énigme Camus – une passion algérienne (J.-M. Papapietro), The Poster (A. Bardesono), Mr. Goldberg Goes To Tel Aviv (G. Sprung), L’orangeraie (C. Poissant), Là où le sang se mêle (C. Bender).

Leanna Brodie (Translator)
Leanna Brodie is a playwright whose work has been performed from Halifax to Vancouver, from London to Auckland. Her plays The Vic, For Home and Country, The Book of Esther, and Schoolhouse are published by Talonbooks. She is also a noted translator of Québécois playwrights, with 2019-2020 productions in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto, and Chicago as well as five scheduled English-language premieres: David Paquet’s 2019 Jessie Award-winning The Shoe (The Cherry Artspace, Ithaca, NY), Wildfire (Upstream Theater, St. Louis MO); Annie Broccoli’s Stella and the Time Machine Journey (Lune Rouge, Arlington TX); Joe Jack et John’s Violette (Espace Libre, Montréal QC); and Sébastien Harrisson’s From Alaska (Ruby Slippers/Gateway Theatre, Vancouver BC).

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