MAY 13 9PM
SUDBURY THEATRE CENTRE, 170 Shaughnessy St, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 3E7
TICKETS $15 At Door  |  Festival Pass (all events) $50

A young queer kid enters Zigs, Sudbury’s gay bar, for the very first—and possibly final—time. Disillusioned with life in the crater, he dreams of taking off for greener and gayer pastures. Under the auspices of Sudbury’s divine protector, Sainte Poésie, a trio of the bar’s colourful fauna take him under their wings and invite him into their magical, eclectic, and absurd world. Will they be able to convince him to stay or will they lose him to the siren song of the big city?

Translated over the course of Pat the Dog’s inaugural Northerners’ Creation Unit, Sudbury Saturgay Night is an adaptation of Alex’s own project, Nickel City Fifs, which he’ll be coproducing with the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO) in June 2023.

Director: Garrett Carr
Translation: Alex Tétreault
Translation Dramaturge: Miriam Cusson

A graduate of Laurentian University’s late French Theatre and Political Science programs, Alex Tétreault (he/him) is a francophone artist, freelance communicator, and queer community activist born and raised in N’Swakamok (Sudbury).

A wannabe writer, sometimes actor, and occasional clown, Alex has worked professionally within the francophone community since 2017. His writing credits include the Franco-Ontarian message for World Theatre Day 2023, several projects for the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario (TNO), and regular contributions on Radio-Canada’s local afternoon radio show, Jonction 11-17.

Devoted to his community, Alex has worked with many local organizations and non-profits, including Fierté Sudbury Pride which he chaired from 2019 to 2021. He currently serves as President of Théâtre Action, an arts service organization catering to Ontario’s francophone theatre community.

To follow Alex’s work (or just to see pictures of his cat, Mush), you can visit his website ( or follow him on social media.

Garrett Carr has been involved in theatre for well over half their life at this point. Currently their theatrical practice consists of writing plays about the queer experience or advocating for the elimination of stigma against mental illness, as well as performing in drag (Stacy Woods) fairly regularly. Outside of theatre Garrett is an activist for the local Queer Community.

Maxwel Cull (he/him) is an emerging actor and theatre artist from Sudbury, Ontario. He is a 2023 graduate of the BFA in Acting program at the University of Ottawa. His recent credits include multiple roles in Howard Barker’s The Possibilities, and Andy-Spandy/Narrator in the TYA adaptation of Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. He is making his YES Theatre debut in their upcoming production of Romeo & Juilet this summer. Maxwel is thrilled to return to his hometown and continue his work with the Northern Ontario arts community!

Based in Northern Ontario, Joël Giroux is a graduate of the now-defunct French Theatre program at Laurentian University. He’s thankful to have trained there in theatre performance with Miriam Cusson and Alain Doom, as well as the craft of Clown with John Turner. Recent stage credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in Concert (STC, 2023) and Little Skidoo (CKLU Productions, 2022).

Actor, clown, director and community arts builder, France Huot is a bilingual artist and graduate of Laurentian University’s Arts d’expression program. As an actor, she has also worked closely with the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario on many productions such as Jack, written by Marie-Pierre Proulx, and Parmi les éclats written and directed by Miriam Cusson. In the fall of 2023, she participated in the production of Trois created by Mani Soleymanlou (Orange noyée, National Art Center). Written in collaboration with 40 francophone artists from across the country, the play toured in nine different cities in Canada.

France is also the co-founder of the collective Hoquet/Hiccup! with her artistic partner Jenny Hazelton which is dedicated to creating new theatrical works. Their kaleidoscopic approach to theatre-making draws upon many different forms such as clown, deadpan, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to develop new pieces. Their most recent creation, Barbe Bleue, was an installation shadow puppetry piece created during their artistic residency with the TNO. They are currently working on another piece titled Unravel.

France is also very active in the arts and culture sector in Sudbury and across the province. She hosts and organizes events, cultural mediation activities, workshops for schools and the community.

Cassandra Rene is excited to be back at the PlaySmelter Festival! She has performed on the stage in such performances as; There’s a Mouse In My House as Dinah, Mother and Mother Mouse (Sudbury Theatre Center, 2015), Blind Nickel Pig as Mrs. Dorland and Frannie Flyberry (Pat The Dog/ PlaySmelter, 2017), Macbeth as Lady Macduff (Thorneloe University. 2018) and What Remains? as Caretaker/others (PlaySmelter, 2022). She is ecstatic to be back on the stage with the festival and be able to work with so many talented professionals. A special shout out to Max, for always supporting the things she does and being her number 1 fan!

Admission $15. Children under 12 years FREE.

Festival Passes $50. Includes: Admission to all events + Festival Treat Bag + Discount for on-line purchases at Playwrights Canada Press.

Doors open 30 minutes before each event. Please note that some events have limited capacity.