In a trashy Roman-style karaoke bar, Lionel and Xavier lose themselves in the music and imagine a Shakespearian epic where they embody Antony and Cleopatra, all while slandering Caesar – the man, not the salad. Their desire to exist among the people pushes them to fight against an empire that overwhelms them.
It is with the coming of dawn that they rediscover their morning lettuce … eaten too fast from not having known it so ephemeral?
With a good dose of self-mockery, Laitue matinal·e (Morning Lettuce) examines who we are, who we are pressured to be, and the deeply rooted social desire to categorise absolutely everything. It is also an ode to beauty, to resilience, and to the fantastical, spiritual, and initiatory imagination of a community.
Laitue matinal·e is the project of transmasculine artist Lionel Lehouillier, in which he questions the binarity of the French language.
Authors Lionel Lehouillier
Director Matt Miwa
Lionel Lehouillier, Théâtre Catapulte, Théâtre du Trillium
Text Lionel Lehouillier
Staging and scenography Matt Miwa
Sound Simone Provencher
Set construction Érica Leblanc
Costumes and makeup Lari Jalbert
Lighting and technical director Florence Letarte
Stage manager Emily Payeur
Production manager Amélie Duguay
Translation for English subtitles Zoe Lambrinakos-Raymond
Cast Lionel Lehouillier et Xavier Gould