Tuesday February 28, 2017

Five Faces for Evelyn Frost explores our dangerous obsession with image

 Laurence Dauphinais joins Tom Power to discuss her role in Five Faces For Evelyn Frost.

Laurence Dauphinais joins Tom Power to discuss her role in Five Faces For Evelyn Frost. (Ben Jamieson/CBC)

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Playwright Guillaume Corbeil was inspired to write Five Faces for Evelyn Frost after realizing how social media consumes us with the need to create "our own identity." Corbeil explains that the play centres around a party and the guests' interactions with "Evelyn Frost" a character who never appears on stage. The audiences' only conception of "Evelyn Frost" is through the eyes of the characters on stage.

 Cast member Laurence Dauphinais says the "brilliance" of the play is how it subtly shows the audience their true selves, "We're not showing the real world, we're showing just bits of it or exaggerations of it. It creates this distance that allows the audience to say 'Whoa that's me,'" she tells Tom.

Canadian Stage's production of Five Faces for Evelyn Frost is running until March 25 in both French and English.

— Produced by Sarah Grant