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.
There were protests on Commercial Drive this past weekend and if you can believe it, it was all because of a piece of theatre! How exciting to think a play was the cause of all the controversy! It was one of Vancouver's wetter evenings when a couple hundred people gathered to show their support for the presentation of a production of the Laramie Project at Vancouver's Havana Theatre. The Laramie Project is a play by American playwright Moisés Kaufman and has been produced extensively and internationally since its premiere in 2000. For some bizarre reason members of a US-based church that...
Pi held its 2007-2008 AGM on Monday, November 10th, and it was a fantastic event. We crammed a few dozen people in our office, shared the successes and challenges of the 2007-2008 season, elected 3 new board members, and enjoyed yummy treats generously donated by Rocky Mountain Flatbread and La Baguette et l’echalotte. Thanks to everyone who came out and shared their enthusiasm for Pi—we can’t wait to see you at our first show!
If you missed the AGM and are sad sad sad, you can still get your membership and join our mailing list so you stay in the loop.
The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance ninth annual Making a Scene conference closed on November 16 on Granville Island. It was a wonderful conference with great panels and breakout sessions giving participants an opportunity to delve into the state of today's theatre. Guests included award winning playwright and director Daniel MacIvor, former Artistic Director of both the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the National Arts Centre (English Theatre) Marti Maraden and director and educator extraordinaire, Arne Zaslove. Each of these people brought huge enthusiasm and insight to...