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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre is thrilled to announce that Ottawa/Gatineau writer Mishka Lavigne is to be our first-ever Playwright-in-Residence, as she creates and develops her new politically-charged play Shorelines during our 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. This residency is made possible thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
“Shorelines takes place in a not too distant future, where sea levels have risen to critical levels. Entire shorelines are being redefined as levees and containments breach. Crumbling cities are abandoned by the rich, leaving only the disenfranchised behind. In one of these dying cities, Alix, Shay and Evan find refuge in an abandoned swimming pool. With nothing else to lose, they decide to make someone pay for what happened to the world, holding Portia, a government official, hostage.”
Mishka Lavigne is a playwright and literary translator based in Ottawa/Gatineau. Her plays have been produced, read and developed in Canada, France and the United States. Along with Shorelines, she is also currently working on Copeaux, a movement-based poetic creation piece with director Éric Perron. Mishka is a National New Play Network (USA) alumni playwright as well as a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques. She also recently took part in BILTC at the Banff Centre to work on her translation into French of Rosanna Deerchild’s poetry collection calling down to the sky, to be published in 2018.
HHG Theatre is proud to bring this shockingly relevant script to Ottawa for the Canadian premiere! We’re very excited to introduce the creative team, with some faces familiar to HHG Theatre audiences, and some exciting new faces as well.
Tickets for BUILDING THE WALL are on sale now. There are only 7 performances, so be sure to get them while they last!
Robert Schenkkan (playwright) is a Pulitzer prize winning, Tony award winning, and Academy Award nominated of stage, television and film. His recent play All The Way played on Broadway after originating at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and playing at theatres across the US. His recent screenplay Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for an Academy Award.
Sean Devine (director) is the Artistic Director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre. Recent directing credits with HHG include Re:Union at the 2015 Magnetic North Theatre Festival, and Suit Up at the 2015 subDevision Festival. As a playwright, Sean’s play Re:Union was published by Scirocco Drama, and has played in Vancouver (2011) and Ottawa (2015). His play Daisy will be published in 2017, premiered at Seattle’s ACT Theatre in 2016, and will play at Houston’s Main Street Theatre in 2018. His newest play When There’s Nothing Left to Burn will premiere at the University of Lethbridge in 2017.
Cassandre Mentor (performer) is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher born and raised in Ottawa. Since graduating from Concordia University’s Theatre Performance program, she’s had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s most prestigious artists and companies. Selected credits include: Black Lives, Black Words (Rhubarb Festival); When Elephant Was King (Black Theatre Workshop); A Thousand Paper Cranes (Geordie Productions ); Colombia Days: A Musical Memoir (Bridge Theatre); Quebec a La Carte (Charlottetown Festival) and Oedipus (City of Wine Festival). When not performing, Cassandre has a blast teaching (and learning from) local students in her roles as an Occasional Elementary Teacher for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.
Brad Long (performer) is one of Ottawa’s best-known and versatile theatre artists, and an Associate Artist at Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Recent credits include Burnt (Undercurrents 2017, Co-Director), The December Man (NAC, Assistant Director), Re:Union (Prix Rideau Award nomination, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and Magnetic North Theatre Festival), The End of Civilization (Gladstone Theatre), This is War (GCTC), We Glow (Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Male Performance, Outstanding New Creation), playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Ottawa Shakespeare), Othello and Midsummer Nights Dream (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival). He has been an instructor with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa.
Our upcoming production of Robert Schenkkan’s brand new play Building The Wall is quickly becoming one of the world’s hottest pieces of theatre, with numerous productions planned for across the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and HHG Theatre’s production of the Canadian premiere. Recently, the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright spoke to CBC’s The Current about the motivation and success of his politically-charged drama, and the upcoming Ottawa production. Find out more here!
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre has been quietly busy the last few months, putting together one of our most exciting seasons ever, filled with insightful, provocative and passionate theatre and community engagement. We’ve got an inspiring community project about the Muslim experience in Canada, as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations. We’re excited to announce the Canadian premiere of one of the hottest political plays in the US this year. And we have plenty of new projects in the works, and other exciting annoucements. Check it all out right here!
There’s been a lot of online discussion surrounding the 1964 “Confessions of a Republican” ad, created by Doyle Dane Bernbach for the 1964 LBJ campaign. The theory is that this ad must be a fake, since the ad’s claim – in which a Republican voter is frightened of extremism within his party – is too much like what’s happening now with Donald Trump.
In 2014 I interviewed the actor who starred in this commercial. I was doing research for my new play DAISY, the true story behind the infamous 1964 television ad campaign. The actor’s name is Bill Bogert. We met in NYC near his home on the Upper West Side. We talked for about an hour. Then I asked if he wanted to watch the “Confessions” commercial. Based on the look he gave me, it had certainly been a while. Here’s the video:
The “Confessions of a Republican” ad is real, folks. The comparisons between Goldwater and Trump are real, except that Trump is a whole lot closer to winning than Goldwater ever dreamed of.