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Director’s Notes: Jovanni Sy describes Valley Song as both timely and timeless

We asked veteran director, Jovanni Sy, to give us his notes on Athol Fugard’s play, Valley Song. Sy shares with us some historical context leading up to Fugard’s writing of the play, as well as the “this but also that” comparative themes of the script. This “hugely political” yet “intimately personal” play is the perfect closing to Pacific Theatre’s remarkable 2016/17 season. Jovanni Sy: ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Chelsea Haberlin and John Cooper on The Pipeline Project

“The Pipeline Project promises to be a provocative piece designed to encourage debate. Peak oil, First Nations land claims, and climate change are explored with humour and insight in this hybrid of verbatim theatre and personal storytelling. Inspired by the Vancouver Observer’s Extract: The Pipeline Wars, the show follows three actor-playwrights as they struggle to dramatize the book while wrestling ... Read More »

Director’s Notes: Cameron Mackenzie dishes on the synergetic origins of Elbow Room Café: The Musical

We asked director and producer, Cameron Mackenzie of Zee Zee Theatre, to give us his notes, a backgrounder if you will, on the new fully-professional staging of the play—Elbow Room Café: The Musical. Cam says, “Like all good art, it’s the years, experiences, and people that you meet leading up to the actual idea [four years in the making] that makes the ... Read More »

Q+A with Bittergirl: The Musical’s Director & Choreographer Valerie Easton

What draws you towards directing light-hearted musicals, and specifically, Bittergirl: The Musical?  Valerie Easton (director,choreographer): I am attracted to all different kinds of musicals, but I particularly like the cleverness of this script. It has within it some universal thoughts that a variety people seem to share. I also like the fact that the material is treated the way that it’s written. ... Read More »

Q+A with Pražák Quartet’s violist Josef Kluson

The Pražák Quartet provided the core of the concert series that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Friends of Chamber Music in 1998. And now, bringing the best of the burnished string sound of the Bohemian tradition, we asked Pražák Quartet violist Josef Kluson a few questions about inspiration, critique, the shaping of the ensemble, and the anticipation of playing ... Read More »