These are crazy times and we’ve all taken on a bunch of new projects as we socially isolate in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
We’re donating where we can, we’re cleaning the pantry, we’re organizing the 2300+ title dvd library. We finished work on the Nominee Interview Series even though the live event for our yearly Critics’ Pick Awards had to be cancelled (we’ve still got trophies to give out, eventually). We started the Corona Movie Club to help curb our boredom and constant need to talk about movies with other human beings. I’m even watching network procedurals and actually writing about them.
But what we all really need is comfort. We need our favourite things and our favourite people and right now those are hard to come by so we have to do everything we can to bring them together whenever possible. Our solution was to gather some of our favourite people every Saturday night throughout quarantine to read scripts over Zoom. We read all 38 Shakespeare plays in six months. Then we kept going. We decided to create mini-seasons featuring highlights from the canons of major writers across generations, plus a few bonus episodes thrown in. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned.
This season we’re taking on a selection of Twentieth Century Classics. In week three, the directorial reigns were handed over to troupe member Melissa Wright who cast and produced this reading of one of her all-time favourite plays, The Lion in Winter.
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The Cast of The Lion in Winter
Henry the 2nd: Shawn Wilson
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Anne van Leeuwen
Richard the Lionhearted: Ziad Ek
Geoffrey: Gaby Grice
John: Laura Hubbard
Philip, King of France: Shalyn Bass-McFaul
Alais: Lauren Horejda
Stage Directions: Melissa Wright