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Two Glendon drama instructors direct shows in Toronto venues

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Two Glendon instructors (past and present) of Glendon's Drama Studies program have professional shows running concurrently in Toronto at the end of September.

Aleksandar (Sasha) Lukac, current course instructor in Glendon’s drama program, is directing prominent Serbian playwright Biljana Srbljanovic’s play, Family Stories, Belgrade at the Harbourfront Centre. A major worldwide theatrical hit, Srbljanovic’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and produced in over 50 theatres. Following a highly successful student production at Glendon, Sasha is directing the "official" English-language premiere of this play at the Harbourfront Studio Theatre, in collaboration with the Actors Repertory Company. The show runs from September 20th to October 8th, Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. (The box office number is 416.973.4000; their website is at www.arcstage.com.)

Sasha Lukac graduated from the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his native Yugoslavia, he has directed over 50 professional shows and received several awards for his work. He has also been artistic director at The National Theatre in Belgrade, Theatre Zoran Radmilovic and Theatre Plexus Boris Pilnjak. In Canada, he teaches drama and theatre at Glendon College, York University and at McMaster University. Recently his production of Christmas at the Ivanovs for Talk Is Free Theatre garnered a DORA nomination.


At the same time, former Glendon drama instructor Claude Guilmain's company, Le Théâtre La Tangente is presenting Guilmain’s play, Requiem pour un trompettiste (Requiem for a Trumpettist) in French, from Sept. 20th to Oct. 1st at Theatre Glendon, after having already headlined at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in early September.

La Tangente’s artistic co-directors, Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert signed a three-year partnership with Glendon College in May of 2004, making it Glendon’s (first) official theatre company-in-residence. The partnership is a “win-win”, providing a place of residence for La Tangente, while creating exchange opportunities for the students of Glendon’s drama department and cultural enrichment for the entire campus.

Requiem pour un trompettiste is based on the infamous Walkerton affair of water contamination in a small Ontario town, a disaster which made media headlines, as the story of political corruption, negligence and misinformation was uncovered. The play takes place at an earlier, fictional time in the 1950s in an Ontario town, just after three murders have taken place simultaneously. Guilmain is very successful in sustaining dramatic tension in a work that marries text with music for greater dramatic effect. Theatre Glendon is on the Glendon campus at 2275 Bayview Avenue, York Hall 162. The box office can be reached by calling 416-487-6832. La Tangente’s website is at
www.theatrelatangente.ca.

This article was submitted by Marika Kemeny, Glendon’s communications officer.


Published on September 19, 2005