This week Mel speaks with Colleen Murphy, playwright of the effusively titled show going up at Theatre Network this week: The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Colleen is an award-winning and much celebrated playwright who has a long history with Theatre Network. They’ve staged numerous productions of her scripts, including the 2013 world premiere of her controversial play Pig Girl, which earned one of her two Governor General Awards for English-language drama.
Titus Bouffonius is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, done in bouffon-style – think clown, only with less whimsy and more…whatever the opposite of whimsy is. Colleen gives an excellent and thoughtful interview about bouffon, staged violence, arts funding, climate change and other good stuff.
Mel also talks about the Citadel's new-ish sippy cups and the Broadway Across Canada and Citadel's new season launches.
Show notes and listings:
Happy Birthday Baby J, Shadow Theatre, Varscona Theatre, Until Feb 9
The Crucible, MacEwan University, Theatre Lab in Allard Hall, Until Feb 8
The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Theatre Network, The Roxy on Gateway, Until Feb 16
Every Brilliant Thing, Citadel Theatre, Feb 1 – 23
The Marriage of Figaro, Edmonton Opera, Jubilee Auditorium, Feb 1/4/7
The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre, Maclab Theatre in the Citadel, Feb 4 – 23
1984, Walterdale Theatre, Feb 5 – 15
Chinook Series 2020, ATB Financial Arts Barns, Feb 6 – 16
Shakespeare’s Dog, Studio Theatre, Timms Centre, Feb 7 – 15
Second-hand Dances for the Crude, Crude City, Mile Zero Dance, Spazio Performativo, Feb 7 – 8