La Grande Jatte CCA submission




Go ahead and stare... Bad Dog Theatre takes people-watching to another level with the award-winning show: La Grande Jatte. Inspired by the iconic impressionist painting by Georges Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of la Grande Jatte”, La Grande Jatte plays with the voyeuristic pleasure of presuming the stories of strangers seen in a public setting. 

“Bad Dog perfected the dramedic balance in 2016 with La Grande Jatte, which combined heartfelt storytelling with goofy comedy, an inventive concept, and an internal direction device that was both beautiful and game-changing in how many possibilities it opened for each scene.” 
- 2016 My Theatre Award winner - Outstanding Sketch/Improv

“...memorable for the sweetness that can persist after the laughter dies down.” 
- Toronto Star (3.5/4 stars)

La Grande Jatte’s first full production was presented with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. It was originally workshopped with the international ensemble at the 2015 Vancouver Improv Festival and received its first Toronto staging at the Rhubarb Festival (Buddies in Bad Times) in February of 2016. 

La Grande Jatte was directed by Bad Dog Artistic Director Julie Dumais Osborne and starred (over the course of two runs): Jess Bryson, Andrew Bushell, Leigh Cameron, Jan Caruana, Nigel Downer, Lucy Hill, Daniel Maslany, Amy Matysio, Colin Munch, Nicole Passmore, Christian Smith, Hannah Spear and Anders Yates with live, improvised music by Nick DiGaetano & Ryan Sheedy
assistant directors: Coko Galore & Jackie Twomey
understudies: Tim Blair & Clare McConnell