Written by Don Druick
Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela
With the evolving COVID-19 situation and the Ontario government’s recently imposed 4 week shutdown of the entire province, Factory Theatre has had to suspend the start of virtual performances for Through the Eyes until further notice. We will continue to monitor any updates and recommendations from the government and public health authorities with the hope that we’ll be able to re-schedule our live streamed performances in the coming weeks, if it is deemed safe to do so.
When we are able to proceed with performances of Through the Eyes, patrons who had already registered will be given priority access to re-register for our new performance dates. We will keep our patrons and supporters updated as the next 4 weeks unfold.
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ABOUT THE SHOW
Through the Eyes is a play about seeing: about how a great artist offers a new way of looking at the world, and about how when we tell a story, we see new details and come to new conclusions about the story and our place within it. Through the Eyes is told from the view of an unnamed courtier assigned to serve as Gianlorenzo Bernini’s translator while the great artist sculpts a portrait of King Louis XIV. In an opulent and dangerous world, bristling with cruelty and intrigue, tyrannized by passion and violence, the courtier steers Bernini through a maze of political conspiracies and consoles him through his many disputes with the impetuous and wilful King.
Inspired by modern Influencer culture and using the lens of social media, mediating technology, and “curated feeds,” director ahdri zhina mandiela’s contemporary re-interpretation of a Classic Canadian play invites audiences into a world of 21st Century Baroque intrigue where the stakes are high and self-presentation is everything.
About the Playwright
Don Druick is a distinguished playwright and baroque flautist. In a career spanning more than 50 years, his plays have been produced on stage, radio and television in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the USA.
Various commissions include: Lizzie Stratas (Grand Theatre); Recipe for Murder (CBC); Monsieur Molière’s French Scenes (Theatre & Company); The Frozen Deep (Nightswimming Theatre); Blue Hands, a translation of Larry Tremblay’s Les mains bleues (Centre des Auteurs dramatiques); and Tulip
His plays have been developed at Atlantic Playwrights’ Resource Centre, Canadian Stage Company, Nightswimming Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montréal, Necessary Angel Theatre, the New Play Centre, and the Stratford Festival.
His publications include playtexts, translations and critical writings. Publications of his plays, Where is Kabuki? and Through the Eyes, have both been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Don lives in Elmira, a small Mennonite farming town near Waterloo Ontario, with artist Jane Buyers.
About the Director
ahdri zhina mandiela
best known as the founder & past artistic director of toronto based b current Performing Arts, mandiela is a revered poet/performer and stage director, who introduced the ever evolving dub theatre form with her seminal performance work: dark diaspora… in dub in 1991. since the late 70’s her work has influenced scores of artists, emerging and established; especially as the visionary and driving force behind the highly buzzed rock.paper.sistahz festival and rAiz’n the Sun training.
with three published books, this fiercely independent and award-winning artist has creations in dance, theatre, cd, film, & video; and continues to inspire younger artists writing and performing on theatre stages all over canada. current ventures include her new media project: my world.a village, a new performance script: fly, bringing initiates into the fray with black.stage.canada! and coaching at the national theatre school in montreal. mandiela.ca
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