After dazzling audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway, Canadian Stage is proud to bring the international hit Constellations by British playwright Nick Payne to Toronto in a new production directed by the award-winning Peter Hinton (Shaw Festival).
The Capital Critics Circle has announced its award nominees for professional and community plays presented in the National Capital Region during the 2015-16 English theatre season. The range of nominations for the 17th annual awards underscores the diversity of productions now seen here.
Canadian actor, director, comedian and playwright Rick Miller is flying high these days but insists he’s no longer flying by the seat of his pants.
Iris Turcott loved writers. In her long, fruitful career as a theatre dramaturge, she became a matriarch to the rock stars of Canadian playwriting: Ronnie Burkett, Judith Thompson, Brad Fraser, Tomson Highway, Daniel MacIvor. A loud, abrasive matriarch, mind you, with a taste for cigarettes, whisky and cheerfully outrageous obscenities, whose love could be as tough as it was tender.
“I’ve always loved the possibilities of solo theatre,” says Toronto-based playwright Johnnie Walker. “I remember being in awe of Daniel MacIvor, Karen Hines and Kirsten Thompson, who could create intensely theatrical plays as solo performers. I wanted to try to write one for myself. My hair just felt like the correct demon to exorcise.”
For 20 years, the company members of Teatro de los Andes lived and worked on a hacienda in the Bolivian countryside. At first, the living arrangements were simple. The young actors and designers were all single, and so having a space where performance and life could overlap was a practical way of maximizing rehearsal time, while minimizing costs, in a country with no arts funding. But as the company grew in reputation, so too did it expand in size, with children born on the estate, and the next generation growing up beside the theatre.
The Chinese opera, Intrigues In The Qing Imperial Court, sung in English to both Western and Chinese music by the Chinese Theatre Circle (CTC), is still going places – 14 years after it was written by the troupe’s chairman and playwright Leslie Wong.