“I believe in theatre that’s unpredictable,” new artistic director Tim Carroll is estimated as saying on the repertory theatre’s revamped website– and, certainly, the British director’s first lineup of plays in Niagara-on-the-Lake is anything but foreseeable. If former creative director Jackie Maxwell broadened the “Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries” required, Carroll appears to have rewritten it as “Shaw and contemporary theatre.” The most expected operate in his upcoming very first season (start previews in April) was all penned post-1970: Rick Salutin’s legendary but seldom revived Theatre Passe Muraille play 1837: The Farmers Revolt; the Canadian best of off-Broadway experience Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ An Octoroon, to be directed by the definitely unpredictable genius Peter Hinton; and Middletown, American oddball Will Eno’s reaction to Our Town. Carroll, a Tony nominee, will be directing the 2 Shaw uses the costs: Saint Joan and Androcles and the Lion— his very first and 2nd time tackling the celebration name’s work. Like he states, unpredictable.
Joe Clark: The hero of a play? Political addicts eagerly wait for The Drawer Boy playwright Healey’s new funny, 1979— which thinks of the previous Progressive Conservative prime minister, behind closed doors, as good friends and enemies plead with him not to present the budget that would fall his minority federal government less than a year after it had taken workplace. Healey has previously written speculative funnies about a Canada where Quebec voted 53 per cent in favour of separation (Fallback); and an 2011 election success by Stephen Harper where the Conservatives swept la belle province (Happy). His newest appears set in a more recognizable past– with figures such as Harper, Maureen McTeer and Pierre Elliott Trudeau all making cameos. Worldwide best for 1979, set for April at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, Clark will be played by Philip Riccio. A couple of days later, the Great Canadian Theatre Business in Ottawa will open a 2nd production starring Sanjay Talwar that will ultimately move to the Shaw Celebration.
National Arts Centre and Canada 150
Major news will come in 2017 when the National Arts Centre reveals who will be the inaugural artistic director of its new Indigenous Theatre– set to launch in 2019. The NAC’s dedication to indigenous artists is not simply in the future: As part of Canada 150 in July, its English Theatre will bring Kid of God, Corey Payette’s musical about an Oji-Cree household split apart by residential schools, to the capital following a run in Vancouver at the Cultch. Early buzz has actually drawn comparisons with difficult Broadway fare, such as Enjoyable House and Next to Regular. Artistic director Jillian Keiley’s buildup to the sesquicentennial events looks equally appealing– with her old St. John’s-based business Artistic Fraud’s production of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (adapted from the successful novel by Wayne Johnston about Newfoundland premier Joey Smallwood) kicking things off in January. After a run in Ottawa, it will visit to the Neptune Theatre in Halifax in February and the Grand Theatre in London, Ont., in March.