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The Vancouver Sun’s Malcolm Parry gave a short commentary on the closure of the Vancouver Playhouse:
CURTAIN: The Playhouse Theatre collapse caused much nailing and washing of teeth, as a late CBC drama critic Ben Metcalfe would say.
Happy memories, too, among them he-man actor August Schellenberg wearing a kind-of diaper to play Inca emperor-god Atahualpa in Peter Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt of The Sun. Schellenberg was also Jaimie Paul in George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, which premiered in 1967. It was thrilling then to see Frances Hyland, as Rita, comforted by Tsleil-Waututh band chief Dan George. That former longshoreman later brought the same soft tones to counselling Dustin Hoffman in the movie Little Big Man.
Rita Joe shows a now-lost aspect of the Playhouse’s role. Then artistic director Malcolm Black had offered playwright Beverley Simons a commission for the work about an aboriginal woman exploited by white society. She and then-lawyer-husband Sid suggested the gig go to their friend Ryga. Five years later, Hyland directed Simons’ play Crabdance at the Playhouse. And so it went, until this week.
Adeena Karasick was recently interviewed by Megan Yetman of Ontario College of Art and Design University. The excerpts from this interview that appear on Meta-Talon today – in which Karasick discusses This Poem and propounds ideas about pop culture, Derrida, print vs. new media, and the future of publishing – are published with permission from NIX Magazine, the first issue of which will be available in January.Thursday December 5, 2013 in Meta-Talon
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
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