Between appearances and reality, a ton of shades are needed. In a rural context of the Gaspesie, this is what reminds the play Case Joe Ferguson, played by the theater troupe Mic-Mac until April 28 in Roberval.
C ‘is in the new theater installed in the Place des Ursulines the Mic-Mac Theater presented the play If Joe Ferguson for his 53rd year on the stage. Improved acoustics and lighting, better configuration of the room offering greater proximity, greater comfort for the actors, showroom in the lobby, everything is there for the spectators to have a good view, CELINE pointed out Gagnon, the chair of the board of directors.
“We chose a play that takes place in rural areas, because there are many realities similar to what we can see in our environments,” she added.
The actors who wear the play, Valerie Bélair, Marie Bergeron, Jacob Levesque and Mélanie Tremblay, manage to make us penetrate into this unique universe to small tight woven communities.
If these communities can bring solidarity and mutual help, they can also attract contempt, gossip and closure, as Camille, a student in criminology who wants to study the impact of serious crimes in rural areas, says when she goes to a small village in Gaspesie to study the case of Joe Ferguson, a young boy rejected by everyone, who killed the school director, Sister Laurette, before taking her own life.
Appearing at first under the image of a young misfits, we learn, through the stories of a pump attendant, a thanatologist and a school secretary, to see how the rejection and voluntary blindness have pushed the man, raised in a family of dubious manners, to commit this murder. But once the crime is committed, the villagers have trouble accepting that the murderer’s ashes end up near their loved ones at the columbarium.
Through the story of this rejected and intimidated youth, we live in the rhythm of a small community that can sometimes seem stifling when contempt and neglect take over the caring. The image is even more striking when a Tim Hortons settles in the village, because the attraction of novelty and make “as in town”, cause a drama that will shake many, including Joe Ferguson. A reality that resonates in several communities in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean where Tim Hortons has established itself.
Between suspense and comedy drama, the piece succeeds in demonstrating the beautiful sides of rural life, keeping the audience spellbound throughout history.
Through the human drama, we learn to see how silence can sometimes be the greatest of vices.