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Needles and Opium ()

Produced by

Ex Machina

Presented by

Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Le Théâtre du Trident and Canadian Stage

Playwright: Robert Lepage
Director: Robert Lepage

The show contains excerpts from Jean Cocteau’s A Letter to Americans and Opium, the Diary of a Cure.


Bluma Appel Theatre


November 22nd, 2013 – December 1st, 2013

Awards & Nominations

2014 Dora Award Nominee – Outstanding Touring Production

2014 Toronto Theatre Critics Award Winner – Best Canadian Play


Presented as a hypnotic series of vignettes, this fascinating, introspective show explores the complex relationships between displacement, drug addiction and the creative drive, as revealed through the lives of Parisian poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau on his way to New York, and American jazz legend Miles Davis during his stay in Paris in 1949. The most startling technical wizardry at the service of a true emotional journey. (


Marc Labrèche Performer
Wellesley Robertson III Performer

Creative Team

Robert Lepage Playwright
Robert Lepage Director
Normand Bissonnette Assistant Director
Carl Fillion Set Designer
Claudia Gendreau Prop Designer
Jean-Sébastien Côté Sound Designer
Jean-Sébastien Côté Composer
Bruno Matte Lighting Designer
François St-Aubin Costume Designer
Lionel Arnould Image Designer


Craig L. Pedersen Trumpet


Lynda Beaulieu Director's Agent
Julie Marie Bourgeois Production Manager
Vanessa Landry-Claverie Production Coordinator
Michel Gosselin Technical Director
Charlotte Ménard Tour Manager
Adèle Saint-Amand Stage Manager
Marcin Bunar Sound Manager
Thomas Payette Video Manager
Bruno Matte Lighting Manager
David Desrochers Lighting Manager
Marilou Nadeau Costumes Manager
Marilou Nadeau Props Manager
Pierre Gagné Head Stagehand
Sylvain Béland Stagehand
Julien Leclerc Rigger
Tobie Horswill Automation Consultant
Catherine Guay Video Consultant
Jean Bégin Make-up
Carl Bezanson Costumes
Julie Sauriol Costumes
Geneviève Bérubé Acrobatics Consultant
Yves Gagnon Acrobatics Consultant
Jean-Sébastien Fortin Acrobatics Consultant
Jean-François Faber Acrobatics Consultant


R. Allan Ross Director of Production
Peter Eaton Technical Director
Jasmine Knox Production Coordinator
Alanna McConnell Production Assistant
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Vanessa Janiszewski Props Builder
Mary-Jo Carter Dodd Head of Wardrobe
Tracey Glas First Hand
Susan Batchelor Bluma Wardrobe Mistress
Danny Tran Props Intern
Ashley Rose Head Electrician
Reg Taylor Head Carpenter
Douglas Parker Property Master
Keijo Makela Sound Operator
Kevin Lake Flyman
Kevin Lake Theatre Technician
Susan Batchelor Head of Wardrobe