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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.

March 1, 2009

Join us for the World Theatre Day matinée of Bashir Lazhar on March 8. Tickets are only $18.  

World Theatre Day is celebrated every year on March 27, and is sponsored by The International Theatre Institute. The ITI is an international non-governmental organization that was founded in Prague in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community.  The ITI aims "to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts (drama, dance, music theatre) in order to consolidate peace and solidarity  between peoples, to deepen mutual understanding and  increase creative co-operation...
February 25, 2009

Simon Ogden at The Next Stage has just posted an interview with Richard Wolfe, Pi's Artistic Director and Director of Bashir Lazhar. Check it out here!

February 24, 2009

There's been a lot of talk lately about the impending extinction of print media. Canwest recently cut 560 jobs (although many may have been in TV) and are facing serious financial woes, and similar echoes are being heard throughout the industry.  

I was very interested to see that the Georgia Straight recently hired a former Sun columnist, Lloyd Dykk. Seems like the more community-based papers with local content are still going strong.

In theatre, this has big implications for our communications strategies. Shrinking papers means shrinking print media coverage of our shows.  The Globe and Mail...

February 24, 2009

Rehearsals are continuing for the second ever English language production of Bashir Lazhar (the first was at the Tarragon in November). With one week to go before we get into the theatre, I'm happy to be able to post a very positive blog. The rehearsal room is alive with the power of the show and vibrating with the energy of actor David Marr as he takes on the mantle of this very complex and at times, contradictory character. The depth and breadth of the moments that the character lives through in the course of his 70 minutes on stage are expanding as we move through the rehearsal process. It...

February 23, 2009

Here are some more shots from rehearsal for Bashir Lazhar.

Some of David Marr, who plays Bashir:

Director Richard Wolfe, looking uncharacteristically sinister:

SMs DK and Annie:


(All photos by Ken Bryant.)





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