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| Richard joins us again after directing the hit Canadian Premiere of Jerry Springier-The Opera in 2009. He has directed, written or acted in over 250 shows since he began his professional career in 1972. Richard has recently retired after 15 years as Theatre Critic for the Toronto Star and is currently working with Grant Tilly on a new musical based on Chekhov's Uncle Vanya called The Moon In Autumn.
When we asked Richard about why he chose this play and why it was a good fit for Hart House Theatre, he had this to say:
"Why did I want to direct
Carrie at Hart House?
Because it belongs here.
Some people see it as a Grand Guignol epic filled with blood and horror. And yes those elements are there. But when Stephen King wrote the original novel over 40 years ago he was inspired by his memory of two outcast girls from his high school who were persecuted mercilessly by their fellow students.
That's what drew me to the piece. It's the story of the ultimate outsider and what happens when she's pushed too far.
Despite all the anti-bullying messages out there, young people of all ethnic and gender identifications are still subject to abuse from their peers simply because of who they are.
That's why the acting company of Carrie are diverse in many different ways. We're creating a world where everyone wonders how they fit in. Just like being in a large urban university in Toronto in 2017.
We are all Carrie. Truly."
Coming in January, The
House Senior Members Committee and Hart House Theatre are partnering to present and dinner and conversation with Richard Ouzounian, to be catered by the much-lauded Hart House catering and featuring a Carrie-inspired menu crafted by Chef Marco Tucci. See our next biweekly Update for more details.
More deatils about the production, cast and crew here >>
|Improv (get it?) your skills and a reading of a winner
*U of T Spotlight is an initiative spear-headed by Hart House Theatre to enhance the engagement of students from all three campuses in theatre activities outside of the classroom.
When: Monday, December 5, 7-9 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Workshop Leader: Robbie Grant
Improv is a fantastic way to have fun and let loose at the end of a long semester, but you'll also learn how to think on your feet, work as a team and trust your instincts! Robbie Grant is the former president of U of T Improv, alumni of Second City Improv Training Centre and has been an improviser for 11 years. Robbie believes improv comedy has the power to heal, give people confidence in other areas of their lives and allow people to embrace risk and vulnerability. Above all, it is an avenue for good times with good people!
BEN by Emma Tse
, winner of last season's Playwriting Competition
When: Tuesday, December 6, 7-9 pm
Where: Victory Cafe, 581 Markham St. Toronto
U of T Spotlight's Play Reading is a social night centred on ideas of peer support and collaboration, where students read plays written by fellow students! This year, Spotlight's 2015-2016 Playwriting Competition winner Emma Tse will lead a live reading of her play, Ben, at the Victory Cafe located in the Annex. Please note: there will be a cash bar and appetizers will be provided! Participation is not required and audience members are invited to come enjoy the unique theatrical experience. For those wishing to read, acting experience is not required to participate, but you are asked to register
|Theatre around Hart House
From Their Lips
When: Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016, 7:30 pm curtain
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required, more here >>
Join us a for a special presentation of From Their Lips, a work-in-progress play based on Intergeneracial, a black youth oral history theatre project. It was founded by Fiona Raye Clarke in 2015 and is currently in its second year. The project involves youth meeting weekly, interviewing Black elders and fellow Black youth in the community asking them the same set of questions, and using their words and stories to create the theatrical piece entitled, From Their Lips.
Following the performance, the Hart House Social Justice Committee and Hart House Senior Members Committee will host a moderated talk back session with the performers, director and playwright. The talk will explore a dialogue in relation to the issues of race raised through the project, followed by refreshments and further informal discussion with the cast.
More details here >>