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‘I resolve to do better’: Playwright Robert Lepage on 2018 race controversy

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  • MONTREAL — Renowned Quebec director Robert Lepage is promising to be more racially sensitive with his work in the new year after two of his plays in 2018 were widely condemned by members of Quebec’s black and Indigenous communities.

    In a public letter published Friday, Lepage — recognized around the world for his theatre productions — acknowledged “clumsiness and misjudgments” that led to the cancellation of his play on black slavery last summer during the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

    Called “SLAV,” the play included a mostly white cast picking cotton and singing black slave songs. Activists protested outside the theatre and accused Lepage of appropriating black pain for profit.

    Lepage admits in the letter “the version of SLAV that we were presenting last June was far from finished and that perhaps it wasn’t by chance that the show’s dramaturgical problems corresponded exactly to the ethical problems the show was criticized for.”

    The director and playwright didn’t make many public statements during the controversy and Friday’s letter goes into detail about his meeting with a group of black artists and activists whose protests helped cancel his play.

    “… Unlike the angry far-left extremists depicted in certain media, the people I met with were welcoming, open, perceptive, intelligent, cultivated, articulate and peaceful,” Lepage wrote.

    He said following the June protests “the content of SLAV has been reworked and rewritten” and the play is scheduled to be shown again in select theatres across the province beginning in January.

    The Gilles-Vigneault theatre in Saint-Jerome, about 60 kilometres north of Montreal, is one of several venues scheduled to host SLAV, in early 2019. Tickets can still be purchased for dates in cities such as Sherbrooke, Drummondville and Saguenay.

    “As this new year begins,” Lepage wrote, “I resolve to do better.”

    Lepage committed in the letter to inviting a member of the activist group to rehearsals of SLAV to witness changes made to the show before it is remounted next month. He said he would make “structural changes” within his production company and will “ensure a significant representation of people of African descent from Quebec City in the programming” of his upcoming new theatre in that city.

    One of the artists and activists mentioned by name in the letter is Lucas Charlie Rose, whose initial posts on social media about SLAV helped trigger the protest movement against the play.

    “I’m really happy this letter got posted,” Rose said in an interview. “I felt like it was important to show people that we are actually in contact. What happened this summer wasn’t just a controversy … but the start of a really important conversation that we hope is going to change the artistic climate in Quebec.”

    Friday’s letter did not address the criticism surrounding another one of Lepage’s productions — “Kanata” — a play about the relationship between whites and Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous activists and artists accused Lepage of producing a culturally insensitive play with little input from the communities portrayed.

    The play was scheduled to run in Paris but was cancelled in July after American co-producers withdrew. But in September, Lepage announced the show would go on, reworked and under a new name: “Kanata — Episode 1 — The Controversy.” Three Indigenous artists from Quebec travelled to Paris in December to see the dress rehearsals for the show and came back disappointed.

    Rose said he’s not optimistic the revamped “SLAV” will be better than the original.

    “I’m very curious to see what it’s going to look like, and I speak for myself when I say this, but I’m skeptical,” he said. “I think the best thing to do, is to go back to the drawing board and put together a brand-new play.”

    Rose, however, lauded Lepage’s commitment to including more black perspectives in his future work in Quebec City.

    “Only good things can come out of something like that,” Rose said. “Because black people have a cultural power that is very important.”

    Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press



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    RDC Motion Picture Arts students up top Alberta film awards

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  • Presented by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA), the Rosie Awards are the top film industry awards in Alberta.  Each year AMPIA honours the best of the best in Alberta’s film industry.

    Next month at the 45th annual Alberta Film & Television Awards, Rosie Awards will be handed out to winners in 24 Class categories and 33 Craft categories.

    While the awards honour the best commercials, new media productions, long and short fiction and non-fiction productions, there’s also a category strictly for film students.   In this category, Red Deer College students are dominating in 2019.  Of the six finalists, four come from RDC’s MPA program.  Here’s the list 0f student finalists:

     

    FIL FRASER AWARD FOR BEST STUDENT PRODUCTION

    Amen – Amr Moustafa & Ghada Moustafa, Producers – Red Deer College

    Falter – Everett Sokol & Sam Burns, Producers – Red Deer College

    Greenwood – Daniel Ryan & Garrett Hall, Producers – Red Deer College

    I Swallow Your Secrets – Emma Brockelbank, Producer – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

    Jellyfish – Mikayla Howard, Producer – Red Deer College

    Pluck – Ben Conley & Thomas Geddes, Producers – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

     


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    Red Deer Players with St. Joseph and Notre Dame theatre groups present “Mixed Nuts – An Evening of Song and Schtick”

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  • From the Red Deer Players

    Yes!! This is a one night only performance!

    We are now in the final throes of rehearsals!

    Artistic Director Lori Lane, Musical Director Louise Bruns and Choreographer, Debbie Thompson (who, incidentally were the original artistic team from the last community theatre musical, “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in 2000) are reunited to bring you this collage of comedy sketches and Broadway musical favourites to launch the Carole Forhan Theatre Arts Scholarship.

    Our core team of 11 wonderfully talented actors will be joined with the exuberance and enthusiasm of 2 groups of High School students, as they perform excerpts from the respective St Joe’s and Notre Dame musical presentations – Godspell and Do You Wanna Dance!

    As a reminder, “Mixed Nuts – An Evening of Song and Schtick” will take place on March 23, at 7:30 pm. The venue is Studio A at Red Deer College. The entrance to Studio A is on the west side of the College Arts Centre, with parking available north of the Arts Centre

    Tickets are sold through Red Deer College at rdc.ab.ca/tickets

    Ticket price – $30 + $6 service fees + $0.30 GST – $36.30 total charges. (Please be aware there is a $5 transaction fee for tickets picked up at the theatre)

    A 50/50 draw and an auction for a donated painting will be held to help RDP defray costs of production. Additionally, a scholarship donation box will be present, and any donations $25 and over are eligible for a tax receipt. (Red Deer Players is a not-for-profit, registered charitable society.) A bar and concession area will be run by Red Deer College.

    This show officially launches the Carole Forhan Theatre Arts Scholarship. For more information on the scholarship, as well as the stellar cast we have, please visit our website at reddeerplayers.com, or our Facebook page.

    Please contact producer Sherry Scheunert at 403-597-2036 for event information.

    Tickets available here!

     

    7:30 PM Sat. March 23
    Studio A, RDC Arts Centre
    🎭Join Red Deer Players for a rousing evening of 🎶Song & Schtick😂 … an array of crazy comedy sketches & show tunes from 10 different Broadway Musicals.  🎶Presented in VARIETY SHOW STYLE featuring over 40 talented performers🎭
    This event will officially launch the 🌻CAROLE FORHAN🌻 Theatre Arts Scholarship.
    6:30 PM Box Office, Bar & Concession Opens
    7:00 PM Theatre Doors Open
    7:30 PM Curtain
    🎭Two Acts with an Intermission
    🎭Silent Auction & 50/50 Draw
    TICKETS ONLINE:  www.rdc.ab.ca/tickets
    🎭For More Information Contact:
    Sherry Scheunert🎭
    “Mixed Nuts” Producer
    Ph/Text:  403-597-2036
    Red Deer Players Society


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