Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
February 28 @ 8:00 pm
The Author – Morris Panych
Playwright, actor, and director Morris Panych is a man for all seasons in Canadian theatre. He has directed over ninety productions across Canada, and written thirty plays that have been produced throughout Canada, Britain, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in a dozen languages.He won the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Drama for Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, and the 1994 Governor General’s Award for Drama for The Ends of the Earth.He has directed nearly one hundred theatre and opera productions, including most of his own works, and the Prix Italia nominated The Overcoat, plus several music videos and Da Vinci’s Inquest.
It is into the goldfish bowl of this dysfunctional family of lethargic piranhas, existential bottom-feeders, and aggressive guppies that the audience peers with incredulity, acute recognition, hysterical laughter, and an overwhelming sense of the creative healing power of the imagination.
Warning: This play contains strong language and mature themes and is not suitable for young children.
“Arguably Morris Panych’s best play.”
“An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and compassion.”
“A quirky cocktail consisting of equal parts Pinter, Orton, and Disney, shaken by author-director Morris Panych in his own distinctive style.”
Richard Ouzounian, Variety
Winner of the 2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award General Theatre: Outstanding New Play (Tarragon Theatre)
Winner of the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama
Scenic Design – Michael Burtch
Michael Burtch, a graduate of Queens University in Kingston, is the retired Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art History and Research Associate with the Nordik Institute at Algoma University. He is a sculptor and a sound artist with an extensive exhibition history.As an art historian Burtch has published numerous articles and catalogues on artists including J. Barry, David Bierk, Ken Danby, John Howlin and Evan Penny and most recently he contributed his curatorial essay to the Art Gallery of Algoma’s “One Hundred Years of Art in the Sault”. His book “Hymn to the Sun” about the early work of Jack Bush accompanied a national tour of the artist’s work.
He was engaged in a major research project with Gary and Joanie McGuffin on the Group of Seven. The project entailed extensive research and field study with the goal of identifying, documenting and interpreting exact sites in Algoma and Superior’s north shore where members of this famous group of artists painted their iconic works. A documentary film, commissioned by TVO and produced by White Pine Pictures, was released in October 2015 for broadcast. In 2017 the film won aCanadian Screen Award, the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research. (see news article here and here.)