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March 9, 2009

After three weeks of rehearsals, several days of tech and a successful opening, Bashir Lazhar is up and running! Since this is my first time working on a professional show as an assistant stage manager, I thought I would give some insight into my experience, now that the hard part is over. Not that I’m saying this experience has been hard, quite the opposite—if it was hard, I was having too much fun to be thinking about it! To be honest, even before rehearsals started, the thought never crossed my mind that working on this show would be any different from the shows I worked on while studying...

March 9, 2009

Pi Theatre's Bashir Lazhar opened this weekend and David Marr's performance is getting a lot of attention.

"The subject matter is as intriguing as the people behind it."
-Georgia Straight

"Marr maps out this brilliant bit of writing (and translation) with elan...Haunting. Charming. Mesmerizing. Powerful...David Marr's solo performance in Bashir Lazhar is one class act"! -Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun

Read the rest of Birnie's glowing review here.

Don't miss this incredible performance! Tickets available through or by phone: 604.684.2787.

March 5, 2009

Bashir Lazhar is this week's Arts Choice in the Georgia Straight! Here's what they have to say about the show:

The subject matter is as intriguing as the people behind it. In Pi Theatre’s Bashir Lazhar—opening tonight (March 5) at Performance Works and running until March 21—an Algerian refugee finds himself instructing a Grade 6 class that’s dealing with the tragic loss of its previous teacher. A portrait that’s been praised for its sensitivity to the experiences of new Canadians, the one-man play was written by Quebec’s Evelyne de la Chenelière and translated by hit Hogtown playwright Morwyn...

March 4, 2009

Here's an interview that Andrea Loewen of Vancouver Events Blog UQ events did yesterday with Richard Wolfe, director of Bashir Lazhar.

March 3, 2009

Here are some sneak peeks at our set, from the build last week, at the Great Northern Way Scene Shop.

Carpenter Steve

Carpenter Steve

Elisha, our Technical Director

Elisha, our Technical Director

(Set design by Jergus Oprsal, photos by Ken Bryant)

March 2, 2009

An immigration lawyer/actor has written a course that 'teaches lawyers to become better storytellers through theatrical techniques', hosted by Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre. Very interesting!

Meanwhile, Pi Theatre's upcoming production of Bashir Lazhar is chronicled in Canadian Immigrant Magazine.



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