THROUGH THE EYES
by Don Druick
This award-winning production starred Richard McMillan as an unnamed courtier in the palace of King Louis XIV of France, desperately trying to stay alive as he escorts the Italian sculptor Bernini through the passions and perils of the Sun King’s court. Through the Eyes tells the story of Gianlorenzo Bernini’s visit to France in 1665. The story is told by a courtier assigned to serve as Bernini’s translator while the great artist sculpts a portrait of Louis. In a world where a casual glance or a careless remark can lead to death, the courtier steers Bernini through a maze of political intrigues and consoles him through his many disputes with the impetuous and wilful King.
With the actor playing a dozen roles and single-handedly taking us back to baroque Paris, Through the Eyes is a play about seeing: about how a great artist offers a new way of looking at the world, and about how when we tell a story, we see new details and come to new conclusions about the story and our place within it.
After developing and premiering this gorgeous solo play in 1995, Nightswimming was thrilled that Factory Theatre produced it in 2003, prior to touring to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2004.
Published by DC Books, Montreal in 2005.
Through the Eyes was also nominated for a 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award.
Factory Theatre, Toronto
January 16 to February 9, 2003
May 6 to June 6, 2004
Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Edmonton
June 16 to 19, 2004
Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque
June 24 to July 25, 2004
Directed by Brian Quirt
Featuring Richard McMillan
Design by Carolyn M. Smith and Paul Mathiesen
Assistant Director: Rebecca Picherack
Stage Manager: Kathryn Westoll
Associate Lighting Designer/Technical Director: Sarah-Jane Patterson
Awards – 2003
Richard McMillan, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance; Brian Quirt, Dora nomination for Outstanding Direction; Paul Mathiesen, Dora nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design.
Premiered by Nightswimming at the Theatre Centre
October 12 to 29, 1995
Directed by Brian Quirt
Featuring Julian Richings
Design by Dany Lyne and Bonnie Beecher
Produced and Stage Managed by Naomi Campbell
Awards – 1995
Dany Lyne and Bonnie Beecher received Dora Award nominations for their superb work on this production.