Thanks to The Art of the Business for the mention of our blog in their rundown of Vancouver theatre companies in the interwebs. It's also exciting to see the growing number of companies using Twitter - we're definitely interested to see how our Twitter connections differ from those we have through Facebook.
Pi is very excited to welcome Amanda Lo to our team. Amanda is currently on board as our community liaison for Bashir Lazhar. She'll be working with community groups to get them involved with the show.
Amanda comes to us with a background in Canadian Studies, and works with Canada Border Services. She has experience as an editor, researcher, and English teacher, and is trilingual! We're really looking forward to benefiting from all of her varied skills.
Like every other theatre lover in town, I’m excited to explore the offerings at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The line up is rich and varied as usual. My involvement this year extends to the stage. I’ll be directing a piece at the festival (Live From a Bush of Ghosts) for Theatre Conspiracy, while simultaneously gearing up for our first show of the year, the beautiful and poignant Bashir Lazhar staring David Marr.
There are so many great entrees on offer at the PuSh buffet it's hard to single anything out. Five shows that I find interesting, in no particular order...
Over the holidays, I saw Waltz with Bashir, an animated Israeli documentary about the Lebanon War. It was fantastic—beautiful, haunting images and a very innovative storytelling device that manages to make scenes of violent conflict fresh and engaging and ultimately watchable, without being too graphically real.
I also learned that, in addition to being the name of the main character in our upcoming show, 'Bashir' was the first name of the President-elect of Lebanon who was assassinated in 1982.
This story reminds us why we love our stage managers. An actor in Austria slit his own throat on stage with a real knife that had been swapped for his usual prop without his knowledge. Insanity! We love, love, LOVE our stage managers and props managers for keeping us safe.