The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1887 Friday, 27 July 2001
Date: Thursday, 26 Jul 2001 13:36:12 -0400
Subject: 12.1819 Re: Trucker's Othello at Blythe
Comment: Re: SHK 12.1819 Re: Trucker's Othello at Blythe
>A Canadian P.P.S. to Tanya and Mary Jane: Was Reaney's play "The
>Killdeer" the 1st Canadian play staged at Stratford Ontario after the
>start of the Festival Theatre?
For John Ramsey -
Thanks to David Prosser in the education department of the Stratford
Festival for the following information:
The Stratford Festival has never actually performed the Killdeer,
although they did do the world premiere of Reaney's play Colours in the
Dark in 1967 (12 performances at the Avon Theatre), and they workshopped
one of his other plays a few years before that, but never the Killdeer.
In 1958-59, the Stratford Festival featured a series of adaptations from
literature by Canadian authors, including Orpheus in the Underground,
but which did not include any specifically Canadian content.
In 1960, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran a competition for new Canadian
plays, and the two runners up, Blind Man's Buff by Fred Euringer and
Teacher by John Gray were both presented two times that season at
Stratford (BBB ran first, if you're keeping track).
Apparently, however, the collective memory at Stratford considers "The
Canvas Barricade" by Lamont Donald Jack, which won the Globe and Mail
contest in 1960 and was performed 6 times at the Festival Theatre in
1961, to be the first "real" Canadian play to be performed there.
So there you go.
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