Monday, February 25, 2013

Lane's Week, February 25, 2013

A Week in Theatre
by Chris Lane

Who’s doing well right now: Robert Lepage has been awarded the 10th Glenn Gould Prize, for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Canada . And québécois director François Girard is making a splash in New York with the première of his staging of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Met. Over in Toronto, Factory Theatre has announced that they’re keeping Nina Lee Aquino and Nigel Shawn Williams as co-artistic directors. The pair had been in the role on an interim basis since last September, shortly after the ousting of Factory’s founding artistic director Ken Gass.

Palmer (photo: David Cooper)
You, too, could do well: National Theatre School artistic director Alisa Palmer is embarking on a cross-Canada audition tour next week. And across the border, the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene (led by former Segal Theatre artistic director Bryna Wasserman) is asking for submissions for a new prize for Yiddish plays.

Doing better, but not doing good: Garth Drabinsky could be furthering his storied career again after being released from prison on day parole last weekend. The film and theatre mogul, who founded Livent with Myron Gottlieb, served 17 months after a bankruptcy filing (and lengthy court battles) shed light on years of fraudulent books.

Last but not least: Here’s a pair of season announcements from Theatre Calgary and Regina’s Globe Theatre.

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