Want a chance to see the work of a director who's just won herself a national award?
Ruth Madoc-Jones is the recipient of the 2008 John Hirsch Director's Award, presented every three years to a theatre director to further her or his professional development.
Hirsch, who died in 1989, was an acclaimed theatre artist who co-founded Winnipeg's first professional theatre and later became artistic director of Stratford.
Madoc-Jones opened her latest show, Tracy Dawson's Them & Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille last week. A freelance director and dramaturge, she co-founded Les Vaches with Erika Hennebury, has been an associate artistic director at Nightwood and associate producer at SummerWorks.
A National Theatre School grad, she's directed across the country. Locally, Madoc-Jones's work includes Dreary And Izzy, Antony And Cleopatra and The Drawer Boy; she was also part of the directing team for The Gladstone Variations.
Think pregnancy and motherhood are worth a laugh? Diane Flacks sure did, first in writing the book Bear With Me and then when she turned it into a play for Nightwood.
But the jokes don't stop there. Nightwood's just organized a night of comedy called Plan B: The After Baby Show. Curated by Dawn Whitwell, the show follows Friday's (January 16) performance of Bear With Me.
Performing are Elvira Kurt, Teresa Pavlinek, Shoshana Sperling, Kathleen Phillips, Katie Crown and Whitwell.
Admission is free with purchase of a ticket to the January 16 performance; tickets to the comedy evening can also be bought separately.
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Summing up Modern
The award-winning Modern Times Stage Company looks to the past and the future in a series of events it's dubbed Flurrious. Guess that title suits January's weather.
The events include a staged reading of Aurash, an earlier hit adapted by artistic director Soheil Parsa and Brian Quirt, featuring students from Glendon College directed by Guillaume Bernardi (January 21), and a staged reading of the company's newest work in development, Hallaj, by Parsa and Peter Farbridge. It looks at a 10th-century Sufi mystic dealing with the social and political institutions of his time (January 22-23).
Finally, Vahid, artistic director of Denmark's Goossun Art-illery, offers a training workshop culminating in a free public viewing of the process and a discussion of the workshop and the International School of Theatre Anthropology.