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Brooke Johnson: Trudeau Stories

Episode 53 - April 25, 2016

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Brooke Johnson, Trudeau Stories
In 1985 Brooke Johnson met Pierre Elliott Trudeau at a gala event at the National Theatre School where she was an acting student.

It had been a year and a half since he’d stepped down as Prime Minister.

Brooke is an award winning actor who, when she was in her teens, launched her career by working as a production assistant at the Shaw Festival, often driving actors to and from Toronto.

Brooke has an expansive career, but I decided to focus our chat on her solo performance “Trudeau Stories.”

When she met Trudeau at the National Theatre School of Canada they shared a dance and their cheek to cheek moment sparked a relationship that lasted years. Brooke documented the relationship with Trudeau in a journal and in 2007 created the solo performance “Trudeau Stories” for Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival.

We talk about her time with Trudeau and how she developed the solo show.

Show Notes
“Trudeau Stories” on Amazon
“Trudeau Stories” Website
National Theatre School of Canada

Upcoming Performances
April 28-30th, 2016, The Rose Theatre, Brampton
January 10 -29, 2017, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa

Richard Greenblatt: playwright, director

Episode 44 - Oct., 19, 2015

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Richard greenblatt, interview, podcast

Richard Greenblatt is a much in demand playwright, director and dramaturge, working with some of Canada’s top creative minds, helping them through the creative process.

Greenblatt co-wrote, and starred in, “Two Pianos Four Hands” one of Canada’s most successful theatre productions ever. It’s played in over 175 different theatres throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa.

Show Notes

“2 Pianos 4 Hands” touring schedule

Tarragon Theatre

Review of Sarah Farb’s show “R-E-B-E-C-C-A”

Rick Miller: Playwright, Actor

Episode 31- Jan. 19, 2015

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Rick Miller interview, podcast, Boom, Machomer,, twenty thousand leagues under teh sea Rick Miller is an actor, voice actor, comedian and playwright. Rick has performed in five languages on five continents and Entertainment Weekly has called him “one of the 100 most creative people alive today”.

Rick and I met at a pastry shop around the corner from his home in Toronto.

We talk about his path from studying architecture to writing, directing and performing in theatrical productions around the world.

Recently Rick appeared in the critically acclaimed “Venus in Fur,” at The Canadian Stage and the Centaur Theatre, but it was the first time in ages that he had to audition for part, and he talks about overcoming his struggle to become the play’s bloodthirsty tyrant.

“Boom” is Rick’s latest production and we discuss the Stratford Festival’s role in launching the project and what Rick did when they decided to abandon it.

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Links from the Podcast
“Keep The Channel Open” quote from Martha Graham

“Boom” showtimes & videos