Have you always wondered what goes on inside the mind of Richard Wolfe? Well whether you have or haven’t, the results of a round of 20 Questions with him are quite entertaining! (It may be interesting to note that Richard is a Libra, a notoriously indecisive breed).
1. Why do you like working for Pi? It’s an exciting company with breadth and depth
2. When was the moment you decided you wanted to work in theatre? We had to adapt a scene from Huckleberry Finn in grade four and I directed it. I had some good ideas.
3. What would you choose as your last meal on earth?
Research is a key component to creating a believable world on stage. Our Production Dramaturge for Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand,the multi-talented Adele Noronha, wrote this blog summarizing the research she did during the rehearsal process...
My job as production dramaturge on The Invisible Hand was to contextualize the world of the play. It involved research. A lot of research. And a lot of discussion. I always felt like I never knew enough. Sometimes I would get lost in what I call “rabbit holes of research,” where curiosity led me too far into details that it stopped being relative to...
There’s lots of financial insider jargon in The Invisible Hand so its good to have a basic understanding of how financial markets work, as well as being more familiar with the terminology.
Pi sat down with Dr. Christina Atanasova, an Associate Professor in Finance at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, to better understand some of the terms and ideas used in Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand.
What is the stock market and how does it work?
The stock market is a place – either real or virtual -where stocks and bonds are bought and sold. This used to happen in a physical building, with traders...
Gordon Grdina is a Juno award-winning musician, and we’re excited that he joined the Pi team this season as the composer for The Invisible Hand. Gordon is an accomplished Oud/Guitarist whose sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music. Gordon leads the Gord Grdina Trio, Persian contemporary ensemble Qalander and is half of the free-punk duo Peregrine Falls. He is also a long-standing member of Dan Mangan + Blacksmith.
Pi is presenting Gordon in concert with The Fathieh Honari Ensemble on March 17th at the Fox Cabaret. We sat...
Meet Pi Artistic Associate Jeff Gladstone! Jeff is the co-creator of Pi's Lost Words series with Pippa Mackie (who you can read about here). Associate Producer sat down with Jeff to find out just what goes on inside his head.
Linda Pitt: Who is Jeff Gladstone?
Jeff Gladstone: An odd duck
LP: Where did the idea for Lost Words come from?
JG: About five to ten years ago I was on tour and watched a documentary about George Ryga and really related to what he had done; he had something that he wanted to say that didn’t fit with the norm. He pushed the edge of the right thing at the right time with...
Meet Pi Artistic Associate Pippa Mackie! Pippa is the co-creator of our Lost Words series with Jeff Gladstone. Associate Producer Linda sat down with Pippa this week to uncover all her secrets!
Linda Pitt: Who is Pippa Mackie?
Pippa Mackie: Trouble.
LP: You’re first show with Pi was Terminus in 2013, what was that like?
PM: I felt a bigger sense of responsibility with Terminus than with any other show I’ve done. Partly because of the accent (Irish) which I wanted to get accurate and partly because none of the characters talk to each other, so it’s all you. Terminus had the biggest shift from...