Montreal English Theatre Bombshell!
Hmm... Gordon McCall is stepping down at A-D of the Centaur Theatre, is he?
Jeremy Hechtman for Artistic Director!
Or maybe not... I can think of a few folks who must be in the running. I wonder if Steven Schipper could be lured back from Winnipeg? And I wonder if Guy Sprung has any interest in the job? I will be following this with interest from afar...
Re: GC's tenure - I know a lot of theatre folks in Montreal love to pick on McCall, but I think, overall, his decade at the Centaur has been quite a success. He created long overdue connections between the Centaur and franco theatres and playwrights, notably Michel Tremblay. He developed an important relationship between the Centaur and Ben Barnes and the Abbey in Dublin, which has resulted in a lot of back-and-forth exchange between Quebec and Canadian artists and Irish ones. He was at the helm for two of the most popular productions in Centaur history: Mambo Italiano and For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. He convinced David Fennario to write another play AND he commissioned a trilogy by Vittorio Rossi (A trilogy! What Canadian theatre other than Stratford and Centaur has had the balls to do that lately?)...
That's more than enough accomplishment for a decade's work, really, enough for me to forgive him his (mostly directorial) trespasses anyway. Even enough for me to forgive (but not forget) a certain 2000 production of The Crucible that famously resulted in one audience member standing up and declaring, "This is the last time I will ever come here. If you ever see me here again, kill me."
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