Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stratford stage whispers

For those interested, Marti Maraden’s full statement: “I cannot be an Artistic Director in name only.”

And here are The Star’s Richard Ouzounian’s latest thoughts on the situation (from, er, Seoul, Korea):
[L]ooking at things from a distance, it’s not the ways the trio were different that was the problem but the ways some were too similar.

Shipley and Maraden’s formative years were both at Stratford during the 1970s and they grew up being influenced by the people and things that nurtured them then. Even though they were both to enjoy great success elsewhere, once you return home a lot of that gets forgotten in a wave of nostalgia.

Perhaps Cimolino should have realized he hadn’t picked three people different enough to make consensus a viable process, rather than a constant game of two against one.
Well, it’s a theory... not one I subscribe to though.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Star's columnist seems bent on concocting any kind of logic he can, to minimize Cimolino's culpability.

His view "from a distance" is exactly the same as his view at home.

Anonymous said...

"they grew up being influenced by the people and things that nurtured them then. Even though they were both to enjoy great success elsewhere, once you return home a lot of that gets forgotten in a wave of nostalgia."

What does that actually mean?

Anonymous said...

He's trying to be condescending. ie. "Poor them, their characters were forged in Canada in the 1970s, before commercialism trumped everything. Those two didn't understand that artistic aspirations are much less important than the bottom line. And the bottom line is, it's Cimolino's Festival."

My question is: why does this columnist sound so happy?

Anonymous said...

He certainly hasn't done any favours to those he's trying to defend by taking potshots at those who wouldn't or couldn't answer back. No wonder Maraden finally spoke out.

If Ouzounian wants to sling Shakespeare quotes, he might first consider York's reply to Queen Margaret's taunting in Henry VI part 3:

How ill-beseeming is it...
To triumph, like an Amazonian trull,
Upon their woes whom fortune captivates.

Anonymous said...

"Ill-beseeming"? That's an old expression that needs to be revived ... especially in this context.

Anonymous said...

I am hoping that Cimilino is now realizing that the chink in the wall is wider than he would like. We are all beginning to see inside a very troubled hall. His true intent has been revealed and people are not taking it sitting down. It must be a nail biter for those who cannot speak for legal reasons especially when defamatory comments are flying

Anonymous said...

I am very sad to see that Don Shipley and Marti Maraden are not going to be heading the Festival anymore. I heard so many pros and cons about this triumverate but I expected that they all entered into the agreement with the questions answered and great expectations for the future. The board needs to set a full inquiry to tell the public the truth since I see that the truth is being slanted against them (Shipley and Maraden) and that makes the whole thing a big embarrasment to the theatre community and the Festival. Mr Cimiliono must be sweating nervously now that the truth is begining to surface about him and his agenda