Hard to believe yet true: not until October 24, 2013, at the Vancouver Writers Fest, had Canada’s pre-eminent playwrights Tomson Highway and Michel Tremblay appeared together onstage. Interviewed by the inestimable Bill Richardson, these llustrious storytellers talk about their careers, how their work has been shaped by their birth country, and how their stories continue to shape Canadian literature. Michel Tremblay’s 27 plays are some of the most important in Canadian theatre history, and his 24 novels have brought him international fame. To date more than 1,750 productions of his work have been mounted around the world. Tomson Highway changed the face of Canadian theatre in the 1980s when he put Métis and Aboriginal characters on stage in The Rez Sisters, followed by Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. Listen to this generous and intelligent conversation with three of our country’s renaissance men.
Titans of Canadian Theatre
Recorded at Performance Works on Thursday, October 24, 2013