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(Jillian Fargey in Mark Leiren-Young’s The Green Chain)
Centaur Theatre is set to present the world premiere of In Absentia on January 31, another stirring oeuvre by Morris Panych, recipient of numerous awards including two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama.
The cast includes Jillian Fargey, who plays a woman whose husband has been abducted while on a business trip to Columbia. The Vancouver-based actress might be new to the Montreal stage but she has worked with Morris Panych on several occasions. Fargey is an eight time Jessie Nominee and a two-time Jessie Award winner (including Best Actress for her performance in George F. Walker’s Problem Child).
As Roy Surette, Centaur Theatre’s Artistic and Executive Director indicates, “Panych admires her talent and the passion she brings to her character. ‘The writer and director are only the beginning of the acting process; the initiators. Jillian carries the character in her heart. She is deeply connected to the piece; that’s what a great actress does.’”
In Absentia will be available from Talonbooks this Fall (2012).
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
Tuesday November 26, 2013 in Meta-Talon
“With this magazine cover, I know it’s only a prototype, but with this cover, we decided to concentrate on the mole. This may look to you and me like an ordinary, and might I add rather famous, mole on a human face. Yet if we were to make that assumption, we would both be making a rather naive supposition.”
Candy blinked and stifled a yawn.
“Because,” roared F with wild eyes, nearly startling Candy out of her seat, “the mole is not a real mole at all!”
“Okay, Doc, I believe you. Just chill, okay.”Thursday November 21, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Megan Jones
Regionalism. Yes, that dreaded word. Negative associations cling to this word during periods when tensions between national and local politics are high. … In the context of literature, [however,] the term can denote a text that reflects the customs, cultures, and landscapes of the region in which it’s set. …
At Talonbooks we are proud of Canadian authors, but perhaps as Rob Ford continues to damage our reputation as an intelligent and informed nation, we should recall our successes and bask in our best contributions to the world, which include quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.
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