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Posted: Tuesday January 13, 2015
James Long

James Long has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Bae Yamamoto. As a freelance actor and director, he has had the pleasure of working with Rumble Productions, Neworld Theatre, Cindy Mochizuki, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus, The Chop, The Only Animal, Stan’s Cafe, CBC Radio, and Electric Company Theatre, among many others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.



LATEST James Long NEWS

January 2017 : “Winners and Losers” opens in Calgary tomorrow!

May 2016 : Talonbooks will be at Congress 2016 this weekend

January 2016 : No fewer than nine Talon plays on stage across Canada this spring!

October 2015 : Two GG Nominations for Talon this year!

June 2015 : Talon’s Monthly E-Newsletter for June 2015

April 2015 : All the Winners and Losers in Edmonton

January 2015 : Announcement: New Books for Spring 2015!

January 2015 : Winners and Losers Is a Winner!

BOOK AWARDS

Winners and Losers

Finalist for the 2015 Governor General’s Awards (Drama)

QUOTES OF NOTE

Winners and Losers

“As the gloves come off, the intensity increases. The guiding theory behind the game is that you can’t have two winners sitting next to each other; for there to be a winner, the men reason, there has to be a loser.”
Globe and Mail

Winners and Losers is a loser if you want a traditional, controlled theater experience that doesn’t make you squirm at its awkward, winding vamps and volleys. … [but] Winners and Losers is a winner once it starts to think big. … An ethical high ground is at stake. … the personal becomes intensely political. … victimhood rears its ugly head and the (finally) resonant competition has you leaning in by its pitch-perfect, heavy ending. … What gets in your head are the spot-on depictions, large and small, of people abusing candor and bending the rules in an inescapable race to come out on top.”
Washington Post

“A sure-fire winner … disturbingly entertaining”
Vancouver Observer

Winners & Losers provides pleasure and unease … Exploration of the psyches of two very different men teases viewers with insights into themselves … at the heart of the show is the central question of how to be an artist, a man, a father — how to be a person, really — when you are smart enough to recognize your extraordinary privilege but self-aware enough to still feel the pain of your history. … it isn’t always clear which parts are improvised and which are scripted. That tension gives the evening a terrific sense of immediacy and danger. … a funny, fierce, unsettling theatrical experience that refuses to let you go after you’ve left the theatre.”
Vancouver Sun

Winners and Losers looks a lot like open heart surgery. Metaphoric blood is spilled but, strangely, the experience for the audience is exhilarating. The possibility that friendship can survive or even be strengthened by such excruciating honesty is inspirational and opens up floodgates of introspection.”
Vancouver Courier

“Ground-breaking … truth-daring … a fascinating, disturbing, and original experience … It is easy to imagine a second act … If you see this play you will want to talk about it immediately. It’s a winner.”
BC Bookworld

“Invigorating, hilarious, infuriating, and it may very well have you examining your own friendships and [beliefs]”
Vancouver Presents

“The performances are raw and the lines between reality and stage are completely blurred. The show however, is definitely a Winner”
– Fun Fun Vancouver

“Simply amazing … the show I’d suggest to anyone to see to understand what’s going on in [experimental theatre in] Canada right now.”
– Andrew Templeton, playwright, on the NYC World Theatre Day blog


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