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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.)

February 22, 2009

This season, we're offering free tickets to our members for the first week of each of our shows, in order to ensure our work is accessible to all audience members.

If you’re one of the first 20 people in line at the door for Bashir Lazhar March 5-8, just present your Pi Theatre membership card and photo identification, and you’ll receive free admission. Membership is just $3.14, and can be purchased online ahead of time, or at the door.

Read more about the show here.

February 20, 2009

We're looking for volunteers to assist with front of house for our upcoming show.

No experience is necessary—volunteers will be trained by staff at the beginning of each shift.

Shifts begin at 7PM in the evenings and at 1PM for matinees. Volunteers will be able to see the show during their shift.

March 5-21, 2009. 
Tuesday through Saturday at 8PM, 2PM matinees on March 8, 14,15 and 21
At Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.

Please contact Mathilde if you're interested in volunteering for the show. Please indicate your availability and whether you're interested in...

February 20, 2009

I've just done a video listing for The Next Stage, talking about why I chose Bashir Lazhar. Check it out!





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