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.
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...