Eric Coates goes into the capital Fearless
by Jim Murchison
Eric Coates has fast established himself, not just as an artistic director of an important Canadian theatre company but as a member of the Ottawa community. He has embraced not just his position but the community as a whole. He has found a different way to humorously make his point on cell phones by taking his pulse on stage while shutting his cell phone off and proving that survival is possible, to sending out security to confiscate them, to threatening to track people down at their place of employment. He is a natural showman and a passionate promoter. He takes theatre far more seriously than he takes himself. We sat down with him to talk about where he has come from and what's in the future. Hopefully we capture his excitement for his work in this interview.
I wanted people to get the sense that we're busy, that we are fearless; that we might be agitating a bit; that we're collaborative
CHARPO: Did you have that idea of Fearless as your opening theme from the minute you were offered this job?
CHARPO: It is a bit surprising how many theatres are in Ottawa for its size.