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Recently, there was a article in the Vancouver Sun by Peter Birnie about the new production of Morris Panych’s play Vigil this month at PAL Studio Theatre:
Joy Coghill will not go gently into that good night. Having just turned 86, the theatre legend is leading a campaign to keep older actors in the spotlight.
Coghill founded Western Gold, Canada’s first professional theatre company for senior actors in 1994. Now that she’s an integral part of the Performing Arts Lodge on Coal Harbour, the octogenarian actress has been busy calling on her colleagues in the facility for retired artists and performers to keep PAL’s wealth of talent working.
“I can feel this around me all the time,” Coghill says. “The people I know are saying ‘I have to work.’ ”
She recently helped organize a staged reading of Noel Coward’s Waiting in the Wings, which is appropriately set in a retirement home for actresses. Anna Hagan directed a cast of nine veteran thespians led by Barbara Wallace and Nancy Bell.
The next PAL project is even more ambitious.
On June 14, a production of Morris Panych’s wickedly dark comedy Vigil opens in the PAL Theatre atop the building, and this time Hagan stars, as the bedridden aunt of a man who appears with neither tea nor sympathy for his dying relative.
Panych himself played the part to great effect in a 2007 Vancouver Playhouse production. PAL’s production will offer an equally promising performance by gifted comedic actor Allan Zinyk.
Alain Deneault and William Sacher wrote Imperial Canada Inc.: Legal Haven of Choice for the World’s Mining Companies (2012) to provide Canadian and international public opinion with tools to help ask critical questions about Canadian activities in the South and in Eastern Europe, as well as about the role of the Canadian government in relation to these activities. It is hoped that the evidence presented here will encourage Canadians to enter public debate about how the mining industry is regulated in Canada and to form an opinion on this topic independent from the one suggested by official agencies or media that belong to large Canadian financial conglomerates and tend to espouse their interests.Monday June 10, 2013 in Meta-Talon
The following are excerpts from two reviews of the show, originally published in the Ottawa Citizen on June 3 and June 8, 2013, written by Patrick Langston.Friday June 7, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Award-winning Ojibwa author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor (Dead White Writer on the Floor, 2011) writes the occasional column for the Peterborough Examiner in Peterborough, Ontario. In his latest column, available in its original form here, he discusses his approach to storytelling and politics.
As a First Nations writer of fiction and non-fiction, and frequent lecturer on the university/college and conference circuit, I am commonly asked about my political persuasion. Do I swing left, right, or am I more ambidextrous?Wednesday June 5, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now extends a project Daphne Marlatt began over 40 years ago with the 1972 publication of Vancouver Poems …
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