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Construire le mur (Building the Wall) de Robert Shenkkan

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. Publié le 6 décembre sur  www.theatredublog.unblog.fr   Paris

Brad Long, Building the Wall,

Cette pièce dont l’auteur américain, qui a obtenu de nombreux prix (Tony et Pulitzer), a aussi écrit des  scénarios pour le cinéma et la télévision qui ont retenu l’attention de tout le public  aux États-Unis. Construire le mur qui a tourné aux Etats-unis vient de terminer sa création canadienne à  Ottawa et le public s’y  est précipité;  les œuvres de ce genre sont en effet rares chez nous!  Depuis l’arrivée de Donald Trump  au pouvoir, l’image du mur est devenu  le symbole  de son projet politico-idéologique :  une construction  qui enferme, interdit, exclut, rejette, isole, sépare…et assure une distance entre les êtres humains. La  pièce montre, avec une  simplicité  désarmante, notre glissement, presque imperceptible, vers une absence de conscience,  une indifférence qui  aboutit à la normalisation et la légitimité des gestes les plus horrifiants.
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The Gladstone Theater Under New Management

Reviewed by on    Arts News  

The Board of Directors of The Gladstone Theatre is delighted to announce Ottawa’s own AL Connors will take the helm of the historic venue at 910 Gladstone Avenue.

The 235-seat theatre at 910 Gladstone was home to the Great Canadian Theatre Company from 1982 to 2007. Since then, it’s been operated as The Gladstone, managed by Plosive Productions from 2011 till this past Fall. In 2016, a steering committee made up of members of the Ottawa theatre community, led by Plosive’s David Whiteley, the theatre’s volunteer manager, worked to create a new organization to run the theatre. On November 8, 2016 The Gladstone Theatre Inc. was founded as the new caretaker of 910 Gladstone avenue, a venue which has become a bustling hub for Ottawa’s independent theatre community. So far this season, over 10,000 theatre goers have attended shows at The Gladstone! AL Connors becomes the new corporation’s first Theatre Manager.

“Maybe the best thing about this job is that I’m going to get to meet everyone!” says Connors referring to the long list of artists and producers who regularly present shows at the venue. “These fantastic artists will all come to me. It’s going to make me a lazy theatre patron, having shows down the hall from my desk. I’m pretty excited.”

Theatre patrons may recognize Connors from his on-stage roles in Gladstone hits Noises Off, The 39 Steps, and as Norman in last season’s The Norman Conquests Trilogy. Other Gladstone credits include directing Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates, a Company of Fools’ A Midwinter’s Dream Tale, and most recently Pierre Brault in Will Somers. (Continue reading » )