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Origin Stories: Studio 58

Jerry Wasserman interviewed his long-time friend Antony Holland for this profile in April, and wrote it shortly before Antony passed away on July 29, 2015 at age 95. Antony Holland is a phenomenon. But at 95, even he admits he’s slowing down a little. Mobility problems have forced him to modify the staging of his newly created solo show, Antony ... Read More »

Origin Stories: Vancouver Recital Society

Leila Getz arrived in Vancouver from her native South Africa in 1966 and founded the Vancouver Recital Society in 1980. What was she doing in the years between? She flashes her Cheshire Cat smile: “It took me that long to learn how to clean a house and cook!” But the self-described “bored housewife” remembered how her aunt had established a ... Read More »

Truth from Tragedy: ‘The Amish Project’ revisits a schoolhouse massacre with sympathy for all sides

In 2006, a gunman opened fire on 10 young girls in an Amish community schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. The incident garnered national attention, as did the community’s immediate outpouring of forgiveness to the perpetrator’s widow and family. Playwright Jessica Dickey’s critically acclaimed one-woman show The Amish Project features a fictionalized account of these events. Presented in Vancouver by Bleeding ... Read More »

Spooky POPS: A Halloween Spectacular with the VSO

Enjoy the spooky, spectacular sounds of opera and cinema’s most haunting music. Celebrated VSO guest conductor John Morris Russell, who heads up one of the world’s most respected pop orchestras, the Cincinnati Pops, combines works new and old to evoke the thrill of the Halloween spirit. Ranging from select pieces from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Phantom of the Opera, excerpts ... Read More »

New Prime Minister, New Drama: A political performance preview from Artslandia Vancouver

All politics aside—no, seriously, put them aside, just for a second. Artslandia salutes Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for his contribution to the field of…drama! Having a former drama teacher in Canada’s top office is a prospect that has flummoxed some politicos, but Artslandia can’t help but enthusiastically welcome a change in leadership that inevitably brings a heightened national ... Read More »