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“In season one, Richard Smith-Jones says that Shakespeare is dead and that no one wants to see his plays. Is Slings & Arrows a way of engaging a broader audience in a critique of contemporary Canadian culture?”

This question begins a conversation that took place February 5th, 2006 between CASP and five actors on the set of Slings & Arrows. While “No” was the initial response to our first question, the conversation that developed from this point is documented in the interviews that follow. Martha Burns, Stephen Ouimette, Paul Gross, Susan Coyne, and Graham Harley respond to our questions from a vantage point reached after years working in the Canadian theatre industry. CASP is interested in how these actors understand Shakespeare in Canada and what they see as the implications of Slings & Arrows witnessing this presence.   

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Martha Burns

Video Clip -- Interview with Martha Burns

Martha Burns has performed leading roles at Stratford and at Shaw. She is recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Burns is a founding member and Associate Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company where she most recently performed the role of Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. Her screen work includes a Genie winning performance in Long Days Journey Into Night and her work in each season of Slings & Arrows. Burns is married to Paul Gross and they have two children.

(The Movie Network )

(Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia)

Stephen Ouimette

Video Clip -- Interview with Stephen Ouimette

Stephen Ouimette’s most recent directing credit is for the 2004 Stratford production of Timon of Athens. He returned to Stratford in 2005 to perform in productions of The Tempest, As You Like It, and The Lark. He has served as Associate Director at the Stratford Festival for the last six years and for the last nine seasons there, his roles have included the leads in Hamlet, Richard III, Amadeus, Waiting for Godot, and Julius Caesar. Ouimette’s work in the Toronto theatre scene also includes Mirvish Productions' Three Men On A Horse, Art, and Flea In Her Ear, a co-production with Soulpepper Theatre. Ouimette’s work across Canada is extensive and includes appearances at the Citadel, Tarragon, National Arts Centre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. He has played leading roles in many television and film productions, including Mentors, Conspiracy of Silence, and was the voice of Beetlejuice in the popular television series of the same name.

(The Movie Network)

Paul Gross

Video Clip -- Interview with Paul Gross

Paul Gross is an actor and writer best known for his television work as Constable Benton Fraser in the series Due South. Audiences streamed to the Stratford Festival as Gross played the title role in the 2000 production of Hamlet. He received a Dora Award nomination for his performance as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Dora Award for Best Performance for his role in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme at Canadian Stage. Screen credits are extensive and include the CBC miniseries H20 and the feature film Men With Brooms, both of which Gross wrote, directed, and stared in. He is married to Martha Burns and they have two children.

(The Movie Network)

(Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia)

Susan Coyne

Video Clip -- Interview with Susan Coyne

Actor and writer Susan Coyne has performed in theatres across Canada, including four seasons at the Stratford Festival where she played Juliet in Robin Phillips' Young Company production, as well as Portia, Regan, and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She is a founding member of Soulpepper Theatre Company, for which she co-adapted Anton Chekhov’s Platonov (with László Marton). Her memoir Kingfisher Days (Random House) was adapted for Tarragon Theatre where her most recent play Alice’s Affair opened in 2005. Coyne also adapted Chekhov’s Three Sisters for the Shaw Festival. Other recent stage credits include Helen's Necklace; An Acre of Time (Tarragon Theatre), A Chorus of Disapproval, The Winter's Tale, A Christmas Carol, Betrayal, Platonov, and Don Carlos (Soulpepper Theatre). Coyne lives in Toronto with her husband Albert Schultz and their two children.

(The Vancouver International Writers Festival)

(Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia)

(The Movie Network)  

Graham Harley

Video Clip -- Interview with Graham Harley

“Graham Harley is an actor and director based in Toronto, who has a special love for and knowledge of the theatre of the Restoration and 18th Century. He has appeared at both the Stratford and Shaw Festivals in Ontario, was founding Artistic Director of Phoenix Theatre in Toronto, has directed both for theatre and opera throughout Canada.

Mr. Cibber of Drury Lane, his first play, was commissioned by the Stratford Festival for its CBC Radio/Bank of Montreal series, in which it was broadcast in June 1997, starring Bernard Hopkins” (Gary Goddard Agency). Graham Harley’s theatre, television and film credits are extensive. He received a Gemini nomination for his role in the CBC Television production Dieppe, as well as being nominated best actor for both a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto) and a Jessie Richardson Award (Vancouver) for his performance in two productions of David Pownall's Master Class.

 

Slings & Arrows Spotlight Introduction

Slings & Arrows Multimedia

Slings & Arrows Reviews and Reception

Slings & Arrows Teachers' Guides

CASP database entries:

Season I

Season II
Season III


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