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L’Emmerdeur (The Pain in the Ass) ()

Produced by

Théâtre Français de Toronto

Playwright: Francis Veber
Director: Guy Mignault


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Upstairs Theatre


April 18th, 2012 – May 5th, 2012


In 2007, Francis Veber reworked his first play, 1969’s Le Contrat, which introduced the iconic character François Pignon, and gave the world a new pain in the ass. Here he occupies the room next to hired hit man Ralf Milan, who is on the job at a small Nice hotel. Mr. Pignon’s failed suicide attempt leads to their meeting. The plot and the ensuing events guarantee a show rich with misunderstandings and outlandish situations. (Show Program)


Paul Essiembre Ralph Milan
Pierre Simpson François Pignon
Stephanie Broschart Louise Pignon
René Lemieux The Bellboy
Patrick Romango The Policeman
Manuel Verreydt Edgar Wolf
Raphaëlle Bres Voice-Over

Creative Team

Francis Veber Playwright
Guy Mignault Director
Dominic Manca Set
Dominic Manca Props
Dominic Manca Lights
Nina Okens Costumes
Gabriel Dubé Soundscape


Natalie Gisèle Stage Manager
Simon Rossiter Production Manager
Gunta Dreifelds English Surtitles


Jay Blencowe Venue Technician