These Young Ruffians are not “strictly Shakespeare” — by Sayani S-G and Arpita Ghosal

Walk into Toronto’s Withrow Park, and you’ll see and hear the expected: spirited children engaging in summer-camp activities, happy dogs straining at their leads as they walk their owners along pathways decorated with sidewalk chalk, seniors practising tai chi under lush trees, and the inevitable swarms of errant insects to be swatted away. But come […]

SesayArts in Conversation with John Van Burek, director of The Sound of Cracking Bones

Watching The Sounds of Cracking Bones feels like holding your breath for 70 minutes. It’s gripping, relentless and chilling. One after another, revelations of atrocity accumulate. The play is viscerally disturbing—for exactly the right reasons. How could a play about the horrors experienced by captive child soldiers be anything else? The Sounds of Cracking Bones is […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Pierre Simpson: Les Zinspirés–”waiting in the wings is a wild ride about to burst forth in 3D!”

If you’re a French-speaking Ontario teen with some Molière in your soul, then directors Guy Mignault and Pierre Simpson want to shine a spotlight on you. This October, 5 Toronto-area teens will, once again, get a chance to shine as playwrights, when Théâtre français de Toronto presents Les Zinspirés 3D. Now in its third year, […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Jeff Miller: The Enduring Relevance of To Kill a Mockingbird (…plus some thoughts on the Fool!)

The Young People’s Theatre has a lot of nerve. The 49th season opener is To Kill a Mockingbird, Christopher Sergel‘s dramatization of Harper Lee‘s classic novel. Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been surrounded by controversy. The novel’s portrayal of bigotry, abuse, racism, systemic injustice, and loss of innocence made it […]