by Molly MacKinnon and Christine Quintana | A Theatre Passe Muraille presentation of a Delinquent Theatre Production.
Delinquent Theatre shines a spotlight on the fascinating composer from the last century, Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté— whose work was almost lost in the male-dominated classical music field, until she immigrated to Canada. Never the Last follows Sophie and her passionate relationship with the expressionist painter Walter Grammatté. The couple’s 10 years of marriage is marked by adventure, poverty, artistic strife and tragedy.
Woven with violin solo and original text, you are invited to witness the story of two artists in love, and the increasing space between them.
April 8 to 16, 2023
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) Mainspace Theatre
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Production Manager/Technical Director
Molly MacKinnon | The Violinist
Christine Quintana | Sonia
Amitai Marmorstein | Walter
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Delinquent Theatre is based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. We are an independent theatre company that creates, develops, and produces new Canadian plays. Our work explores the figure of the Delinquent as the resilient other – telling narratives of survival, ingenuity, and subversive action in the face of a hostile status quo. We strive to create working spaces that challenge and re-examine traditional hierarchies in order to allow artists to grow and thrive. We ask ourselves and our collaborators to imagine new ways of working instead of re-creating the systems we know, in order to respond to the needs of each production’s ensemble, and to push our work forward into new and uncharted territory. Delinquent Theatre is run by Christine Quintana and Laura McLean as co-Artistic Producers, and is funded on a project basis with no operational funding.
Since incorporating in 2012, the company has had a strong focus on pursuing presentation opportunities at festivals like the rEvolver Festival and Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, and presentation opportunities like Presentation House, Talk-is-Free Theatre in Barrie ON, and The Cultch. Over the course of 3 years the company developed Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical, which started as a 10-minute short and went on to a national tour and a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical (Small Theatre).
Following that large-scale production activity, the company has been working hard to thoughtfully incubate new work for presentation and touring. Never The Last, an interdisciplinary collaboration between violinist Molly MacKinnon and playwright Christine Quintana, has been developed at the 2016 rEvolver Theatre Festival, the 2016 Banff Playwrights Lab, the 2016 Gabriola Island Theatre Festival, a 2017 residency at the Anvil Centre, and a 2018 workshop at Tarragon Theatre, and premiered at the Annex Theatre as part of the See More Theatre series, garnering 5 Jessie Richardson Award nominations and one win. Our 2016/2017 Playwrights in Residence unit yielded a script that moved ahead to further development and production with us: Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen’s The Seventh Fire, which is set to premiere as an immersive audio experience in January of 2023.
A bit about Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté
Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté (Sonia) lived a life life marked by poverty, migration, and ambition.
She was born in Moscow where her mother, a piano teacher, was abandoned by her father. In desperation, her mother left Sonia at an artist colony in the UK at age 2, and came back to get her at age 4 when she had become more financially stable. They moved to Paris, where she was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the age of eight, where she majored in piano and violin – exceptional for a girl of her age. By age eleven she had given her first concerts in Paris, Geneva, and Berlin, playing both instruments on the same program. The family’s subsequent move to Berlin left them homeless, until she managed to support the family by playing violin in a beer garden while working on her music career.
The last twenty one years of Sonia’s life were spent in Winnipeg, breaking new ground as a composer and pedagogue on the Canadian prairies. Her work catalogue of over 175 compositions (symphonic, chamber, violin, and piano) attests to the fiery, dynamic spirit of an artist, steeped in the romantic tradition, carving a path for herself in the remarkable musical terrain of the twentieth century. Now, she is remembered in Canada through the work of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, and the national contest in her name that celebrates talented young musicians.
Production photos courtesy of Delinquent Theatre