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The Envelope

The Envelope
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Vittorio Rossi
Publisher: Talonbooks
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 210
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: 1772010316
ISBN-13: 9781772010312

About the Play:

The Envelope is a full-length comedic drama by Vittorio Rossi. How does the Canadian film industry measure up? Drawn from his own experiences, Vittorio Rossi exposes the bureaucratic institution that is the Canadian film industry, and we follow an established playwright, as he struggles to get his new play, Romeo's Rise, turned into a movie.

In The Envelope a veteran playwright, Michael Moretti, must decide between a multi-million dollar offer from his Canadian-friend-turned-movie-producer Jake Henry, or a low-budget offer from an independent producer in Los Angeles. Jake's deal promises him generous financial support if he survives the editing process with a senior script writer from the Canadian Film Fund. The American deal isn't so lucrative, but he'd retain complete artistic control. Or a low budget offer from an independent producer from Los Angeles that would let him retain total artistic control. In reference to the Charbonneau Commission, a public inquiry into the corruption of the management of public construction contracts, the envelope of the play's title is the government's unofficial agreement to see that Jake's project would get funded. Rossi asks the question at the heart of artistic affairs: Will Moretti take the big bucks and compromise his work, or will he stand firm in his artistic and personal integrity?

The Envelope was first produced in 2015 by at Centaur Theatre Company in Montréal, Quebec.

Cast: 2 women, 5 men.

What people say:

"A humorous satire with a bitter, sometimes nasty edge, [takes] dead aim at Canadian film producers and government bureaucrats who 'make movies that no one ever sees.' Hard-hitting on the one hand, sweet as sugar on the other, The Envelope left the impression of a well-baked, enjoyable piece of Italian pastry." — Montréal Gazette

"The Envelope centres on a crisis of conscience. Jake... 'a typical Canadian film producer who knows how to play the system for money,' is eager to turn Romeo’s Rise, a play by Michael Moretti ... into a Canadian movie. They are assured of $6-million ... in government funding, but only if Moretti is prepared to surrender control of the creative process to mindless bureaucrats in the funding agency and rewrite the play to meet their conditions. If he agrees to the deal he will profit handsomely from a movie that no one will ever see. So does Moretti sell his soul, take the money and run?" — The Métropolitain

About the Playwright:

Vittorio Rossi is an Italian-Canadian playwright who was born in Montréal in 1961. Rossi has established himself as a significant playwright in the national theatre community with his award-winning plays. He has also written several screenplays and directed a film version of his play Little Blood Brother. His talent extends to acting as well, with screen credits in both television (Urban Angel) and film (Le Sphinx; Canvas; Malarek).

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