The Performance Series

The Woman Who Was Everything by Craig Stephenson

Michelle Giroux, John Cleland, Tom McCamus, Richard Rose and Craig Stephenson

The Performance Series

The Woman Who Was Everything by Craig Stephenson

Michelle Giroux, John Cleland, Tom McCamus, Richard Rose and Craig Stephenson

8:00pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

90 mins

The Woman Who Was Everything
by Craig Stephenson • directed by Richard Rose
With Michelle Giroux, John Cleland & Tom McCamus

 

Janet Malcolm observed that books of letters convey more and give a stronger sense of immediacy than biographies. What can be more thrilling than reading an intense correspondence, as if over the shoulders of the letter-writers?

The Argentinian Victoria Ocampo was perhaps the foremost Spanish-speaking cultural figure of her time, building bridges between continents and leading the way for 20th-century feminism in South America. The Baltic German Count Hermann von Keyserling, now almost forgotten, was a popular philosopher and founder of a School of Wisdom where Hermann Hesse and Rabindranath Tagore lectured. Carl Gustav Jung was a renowned Swiss psychiatrist, creator of the Zurich school of psychoanalysis. Ocampo and Keyserling met in 1929. Ocampo and Jung met in 1934. The correspondence that preceded and followed these meetings, much of it translated from the French, German and Spanish for the first time, illuminates an essential story of three great minds of the first half of the 20th century.

Ocampo and Keyserling’s relationship was fraught with misunderstandings. Jung described it as “one of the most beautiful animus-anima stories I have ever heard”. Keyserling stressed: “It is possible to experience… in the encounter and collision with one woman, the whole history of Creation.” Only after Keyserling’s widow published a chapter entitled “V.O.” in his posthumous memoirs, did Ocampo decide to make public her version of the events, as if “in a dialogue beyond the grave”.

Michelle Giroux, John Cleland and Tom McCamus bring the letters to life in a performance directed by Richard Rose.

Performance

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

The Woman Who Was Everything
by Craig Stephenson • directed by Richard Rose
With Michelle Giroux, John Cleland & Tom McCamus

 

Janet Malcolm observed that books of letters convey more and give a stronger sense of immediacy than biographies. What can be more thrilling than reading an intense correspondence, as if over the shoulders of the letter-writers?

The Argentinian Victoria Ocampo was perhaps the foremost Spanish-speaking cultural figure of her time, building bridges between continents and leading the way for 20th-century feminism in South America. The Baltic German Count Hermann von Keyserling, now almost forgotten, was a popular philosopher and founder of a School of Wisdom where Hermann Hesse and Rabindranath Tagore lectured. Carl Gustav Jung was a renowned Swiss psychiatrist, creator of the Zurich school of psychoanalysis. Ocampo and Keyserling met in 1929. Ocampo and Jung met in 1934. The correspondence that preceded and followed these meetings, much of it translated from the French, German and Spanish for the first time, illuminates an essential story of three great minds of the first half of the 20th century.

Ocampo and Keyserling’s relationship was fraught with misunderstandings. Jung described it as “one of the most beautiful animus-anima stories I have ever heard”. Keyserling stressed: “It is possible to experience… in the encounter and collision with one woman, the whole history of Creation.” Only after Keyserling’s widow published a chapter entitled “V.O.” in his posthumous memoirs, did Ocampo decide to make public her version of the events, as if “in a dialogue beyond the grave”.

Michelle Giroux, John Cleland and Tom McCamus bring the letters to life in a performance directed by Richard Rose.

Performance

Featured Authors

Michelle Giroux has worked in both Canadian theatre and the television and film industry for the past 25 years. After graduating from The National Theatre School at the age of 20 she began her trajectory as an actress at The Stratford Festival. In her first two seasons, Michelle toured to New York City Center playing William Hutt's daughter in The Miser and Lady and Teazle in The School for Scandal opposite Brian Bedford at The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Other roles at Stratford include Nina in The Seagull, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Rosaline in Love's Labours Lost, Joan of Arc in Henry VI, Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Daphne in Present Laughter, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and McLaren in Front Page. Michelle has also worked at The Tarragon Theatre, Crows Theatre, The Factory Theatre, GCTC, The Seagull Centre, Theatre Aquarius and with Groundling Theatre. Michelle is a graduate of the inaugural Acting Program at The Canadian Film Center. Upon graduating she was nominated for The Vancouver Film Critics' Award for Best Actress in Blood Pressure, her first feature film. Other feature film credits include Blackberry, Delia's Gone and Life in a Year. Michelle has also played roles in Alert, The Hardy Boys, The Good Doctor, The Hot Zone, Flashpoint, King, Saving Hope, The Listener, Hudson and Rex and Suits among others.

Read more about Michelle Giroux

John Cleland has been carving out a living in Canadian theatre for almost three decades. After co-founding The Chestnut Tree Theatre Company in Halifax, having completed an English Honours degree at King’s College Dalhousie, he returned to Toronto in 1995. With no theatre degree, John had to convince creators in Toronto to take a chance on him and Richard was one of the first to roll the dice. A production of Grace Bay Miner’s Museum at the GCTC under Richard’s direction followed by three years at the Shaw Festival launched John’s career and so began a professional and personal friendship with Richard. Some of John’s favourite productions include playing Bottom in Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park, This is War (Tarragon/PTE), Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon), Late Company (Theatre Centre), A Line in the Sand (Factory Theatre) and Innocence Lost (Soulpepper). John received a Dora Award for his portrayal of a homeless man living with Schizophrenia in Edward the Crazy Man. His film and Television credits include Running with Violet, The Addition, Down the Road Again, Murdoch Mysteries, Rogue, Degrassi, etc. His voice career has included six seasons as Lte. Petrovsky on CBC’s Afghanada, numerous radio dramas, audiobooks, cartoons and commercial campaigns including being the voice of Ford Canada for 10 years. John is most proud of his two children, Lucia and Pascal, who continue to deepen his understanding of life, art and philosophy and teach him how to be in the world. For more about John please check out his website at johnnycleland.com.

Read more about John Cleland

Tom McCamus has been a long-standing member of the acting ensembles of both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals and a familiar face on our movie and television screens for over three decades. On stage, Tom most recently starred in Things I Know to be True (Mirvish/Theatre Company), King Lear and Goneril (Soulpepper), Desire Under the Elms, Devils Disciple, Man and Superman, Victory, The Madness of King George III and Saint Joan for the Shaw Festival, and Coriolanus, Napoli Millonaria, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Shakespeare in Love at the Stratford Festival. McCamus received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Actor for his performance in Theatre Plus’ production of Abundance. McCamus won the Genie Award for Best Actor for his work in David Wellington’s feature film I Love a Man in Uniform I LOVE A MAN IN UNIFORM and received a Best Actor nomination for Wellington’s Long Day's Journey Into the Night.  Tom starred in the Oscar-winning feature film Room (Element Pictures) as well as many other feature films. On the small screen, he has performed on shows such as Mutant X (Firewords Entertainment), Orphan Black (BBC America/Space) and The Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftsbury Films). Tom makes his home with wife Actress Chick Reid just outside of Toronto where they breed Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

Read more about Tom McCamus

For over 40 years, Richard Rose has been a distinguished director in the Canadian theatre community, as well as having directed internationally. He served as the Artistic Director of the Tarragon Theatre, since 2002 (now retired) and was the Founding Artistic Director of the highly regarded Necessary Angel Theatre Company (1978 – 2002). He has directed in theatres across the country from the Stratford Festival to major regional theatres like the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Centaur Theatre and Theatre Calgary to smaller theatres like GCTC, Ottawa. Mr. Rose has directed internationally commercial productions in the West End, New York and Los Angeles. Awards received include numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Direction and Productions, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, LA Dramalogue, the People's Choice at the Bitef Festival, Belgrade and a Betty Mitchell Award, Calgary.

Read more about Richard Rose

Craig Stephenson is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and a certified Jungian analyst. He studied Analytical Psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute, Zürich, and Group Psychotherapy, Sociometry and Psychodrama at the Institute for Psychodrama, Zümikon, Switzerland. He received his doctorate from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, UK. He worked in private practice in Paris, France, New York and now in Lisbon, Portugal. He served on the board of directors of the Philemon Foundation and was the Director of Training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association of New York (JPA). His books include Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (Routledge), Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge), Jung and Moreno: Essays on the Theatre of Human Nature (Routledge), Ages of Anxiety (Spring Journal Books), and On Visionary and Psychological Art: Notes on C G Jung’s Lectures on Gérard de Nerval’s Aurélia (Princeton University Press). His new book is The Correspondence of Victoria Ocampo, Count Keyserling and C G Jung: Writing to the Woman Who Was Everything (Routledge).

Read more about Craig Stephenson

8:00pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

90 mins

How to attend

Students and youth save up to 50% on passes.

What to read

The Correspondence of Victoria Ocampo, Count Keyserling and C. G. Jung by ,
TIFA 2023

More events on September 27

Panel Discussion

Canada in the World

Rob Goodman

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm

Free

Freedom to Read

Kevin Chen

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30pm

Free

Freedom to Read

Charlie Foran

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm

Workshop

Memoir in the Age of Transparency

Charlie Foran

Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30pm

Exhibition

OCAD Animated Literary Projections

Wednesday, September 27 at 5:00pm

Conversation

Science of Poetry

Patrick Errington and Erin Noteboom

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:00pm

Conversation

The Extraordinary Ordinary

Patrick deWitt

Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00pm

Performance

The Woman Who Was Everything by Craig Stephenson

Michelle Giroux, John Cleland, Tom McCamus, Richard Rose, and Craig Stephenson

Wednesday, September 27 at 8:00pm

Free

Toronto Lit Up: This is Us

Natasha Adiyana Morris

Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30pm

Conversation

Turning the Page: The Next Chapter in Cookbooks

Karon Liu, Zoe Maslow, Ozoz Sokoh, and Bonnie Stern

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00pm

Free

Write the Neighbourhood

Jake Byrne, Camille Hernández-Ramdwar, and Kate Siklosi

Wednesday, September 27 at 8:30pm

Exhibition

Writers Behind Typewriters

Wednesday, September 27 at 5:45pm

Exhibition

Writers Behind Typewriters

Wednesday, September 27 at 6:45pm

To top