Homegrown drama unites theatre artists across the country
by Michael Wheeler
Today will see over 70 companies across the country join together in readings of the play Homegrown by Catherine Frid, in an impressive display of solidarity amongst Canadian theatre artists.
As one of these 70, it is a heartfelt honour for Praxis Theatre to join our peers from coast-to-coast in an action that supports the notion that art is created within an ecosystem, and that it is a slippery slope down the road towards censorship if a government only forms relationships with artists that support or reinforce its ideological agenda.
Here’s all of the key Homegrown info:
- Kelly Nestruck in the Globe and Mail on why The Heritage Minister’s answers on this question don’t add up
- Today’s new post on The Wrecking Ball Website on which companies are participating where: SEVENTY COMPANIES, TWELVE READINGS, ONE CAUSE
- Analysis of the situation in The National Post by Angela Hickman
- Analysis of the situation here on praxistheatre.com
- Michael Healey’s killer Globe and Mail blog post on why this action is important
- A selection of articles about readings going on in Halifax, Kitchener, Stratford, Edmonton, and Vancouver
As a final note, a tip of the hat to playwright Catherine Frid who didn’t ask for any of this but lends her play to the entire country tonight. And another to event organizer Michael Healey for showing leadership in pursuit of solidarity in a time when we needed both.