Successions by Michaela Di Cesare

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Successions by Michaela Di Cesare

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After the unexpected death of their parents, two second-generation Italian Canadian brothers must come together to decide whether to hold on to the family home, which is full of secrets and hoarded junk, or save what’s left of their strained relationship.

When Anthony, an uptight lawyer running for office, arrives with his former actor-turned-campaign-manager wife Cristina, they’re set on signing away the house and everything that comes with it. But Enzo, a disorganized plumber, and his pregnant girlfriend Nat have other plans. The pleasantries quickly turn to tense deliberations that unearth dramatically differing views of the group’s past experiences and present values.

This clever family dramedy takes a close look at issues that affect modern second-generation immigrant families in Canada—class differences, antiquated old-world beliefs, and a crumbling Canadian dream.

Run time: 90 minutes

Cast size: 4 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 2

Winner, Montreal English Theatre Award for Outstanding New Text 2018

“Absolutely fearless… The choices of two first-generation Italian brothers regarding their lives and their relationships gives a sketch of the treacherous reality so many Canadians must navigate.”
- Anna Fuerstenberg, Montreal Rampage

“As new anglo playwriting in Montreal goes, I’d venture to say that nothing has succeeded quite like Successions for some time.”
- Jim Burke, Montreal Gazette