Michael Ondaatje, filmmaker? Yep. Few know that before the Booker Prize-winning author penned The English Patient and Anil's Ghost he dabbled in films. (He even put in some time at the Canadian Film Centre.) His documentary The Clinton Special looks at the making of The Farm Show, the legendary collective creation about farms and farmers that inspired Michael Healey's recent cash cow, The Drawer Boy.
Now, drawing on the attention Healey's play has generated (there have been eight Canadian productions since the play's 1999 debut, including a Quebec version entitled Les Etoiles D'Angus and not counting the badly received American premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre), Theatre Passe Muraille is throwing a fundraiser for itself, with Ondaatje hosting a rare screening of the flick.
The screening takes place Monday (June 4) at the Bloor Cinema (504 Bloor West). A pre-show reception includes dinner at unrural restaurant Goldfish, with Ondaatje and the original cast members of both The Farm Show and The Drawer Boy kicking up memories. 416-504-7529.
Been to Pearson lately? Don't be surprised if you spot local stage types en route to exotic locales. Director Edward Roy and actor Greg MacArthur left town recently for Tokyo, where they're premiering Lulie The Iceberg, a play for young audiences. MacArthur's play girls! girls! girls! is part of Montreal's prestigious Festival de Théâtre des Amériques this weekend (until June 1), but he'll be back in August in time for a SummerWorks show.
Also abroad is Newton Moraes, who's performing across Germany until late July. After appearing at the Ritmo Y Color fest at HarbourfrontCentre, he tours his native Brazil in September.
Nice work if you can dance it.