March 2016 archive

A LINE IN THE SAND
Thursday March 10, 2016

I mentioned a while back that I was going to be a part of Factory Theatre‘s inaugural Factory Foremen this year – a professional development program for emerging directors of colour with a focus on new work development. As a part of the program, I am assistant directing one of the plays in the regular season. So for the past month or so, I’ve been working alongside director Nigel Shawn Williams and an outstanding group of lads and lasses on A Line in the Sand.

img_7043 Paying very serious attention in rehearsal, Danny Ghantous and Morgan David Jones.

img_7045One of our last notes sessions in the greenroom of Factory’s Studio Theatre (R-L, John Cleland, Danny Ghantous, and Nigel Shawn Williams).

img_7053 Big smiles on opening night!

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This Gulf War play originally premiered in 1995 and was painfully timely to revisit at this current moment in history. Getting to look at the piece with the two playwrights 20 years later illuminated so much for me, as an immigrant Canadian who only arrived in Canada in the 90s, about Canadian military history and the role of Canadian peoples in the making of that history. For those of us who watch what happens south of the border with a critical eye, this piece brings associated issues to light in a context much closer to home.

We’re all done with previews now, come out and see this show before it closes March 27.

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