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November 18, 2009

@donforan is the winner, with the following haiku:

Tsunami nightmares

In the wake of disaster

Life after the Quake

Congratulations to @donforan, and thanks to everyone else who entered! We got some great entries — here are some of the runner ups:

The earth can move you

in some very special ways.

You must work with her!


Life after the quake.

Can super frog save

Vancouver theatre?


Rumble and grumble.

She stumbles from her slumber.

This morning she roars.


Lost or forgotten

Memories of the earthquake

Conjured the great Frog


November 18, 2009

In after the quake, Kevan Ohtsji is playing Katagiri and Katasuki, and Tetsuro Shigematsu is Junpei. We have asked them to tell us more about their characters.

Tetsuro Shigematsu:

Playing Junpei in after the quake has been one of the most exhilarating creative adventures of my life. Not only has this given me the opportunity to re-explore my own memories of living in Japan during the Kobe earthquake, but it been so enlightening to work with such a talented team of people. Alessandro, Manami, Kevan and Leina are all such talented and generous actors. Not only do they give me so much to respond...

November 17, 2009

The beautiful rehearsal photos you can see on this blog (here and here) are Ken Bryant's work. Read what he says about the link between theatre and photography!

After a lifetime spent teaching language, I am super-saturated with words, and increasingly fascinated by images. The photographs I most like to take are those of people — above all, people whose faces and bodies reflect action and emotion. I am attracted to complex and dramatic lighting, the kind that shows bodies and faces outlined in dense shadow, far from the flat, boring lighting of the TV sitcom. In short, the theatre is my...

November 16, 2009

The buzz is out! Check out The Province's coverage of After the Quake. You can also hear coverage on Tuesday's edition of CBC's On the Coast and later this week on CBC's The Early Edition.

November 16, 2009

What a treat it is to have time on your side.  And what about space?  That too.  For this production, we had both.  Longer rehearsal period means more time for discovery… more time for creativity to set in.  Of course, as a Set Designer, that doesn’t mean much unless the set is also involved in that process… and it was.  Cue the new rehearsal space known as “Progress Lab 1422”, and voila… time and space. The set was built ahead of time so it could be set up in the rehearsal room…. Most of it anyway.  It is truly a rare pleasure for directors to enjoy rehearsals on the actual set, as the set is...

November 16, 2009

After the Quake Costume Designer Sheila White took a few moments out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work she did for the show.

What sort of research have you done about Japanese clothing?

Fortunately the cast is of Asian descent so of course they had a lot to say about esthetics.

How are you dealing with Frog's costume?

There was a lot  of discussion over the character of frog. There are a lot of different ways one could go about costuming him. Firstly, one could be quite literal and make a huge lumbering frog costume. Or, one could pick up on the "essence" of frog by picking a few...





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