Joining Writers Theatre after running Seattle Rep has reconnected him to his youthful love for making theatre, but he knows there’s still much work to be done.
Brian talks to the NYC-based theatremaker about the intersection of writing and directing, what his family thinks of his plays, and differences between the U.S. and his native Canada.
A Washington state native who advanced from intern to Seattle Rep’s leader over 2 decades, he will lead a prestigious Chicago theatre almost half the size of the Rep.
In riffing on works by Arthur Miller and Lorraine Hansberry, 3 new plays by Kimberly Belflower, Kelundra Smith, and Eleanor Burgess alternately explore and explode what was missing from the originals.
His departure, agreed upon after multiple allegations of inappropriate backstage conduct, ends his three-decade run at the theatre.
The season will include productions from Black Lives Black Words International Project and Manual Cinema.
Dates and venues for the 2020-21 season will be announced throughout the year to allow flexibility.
The pandemic shutdown is a crushing blow for theatres, but it is individual artists who are absorbing the brunt of the pain.
If we can’t have theatre until we can gather again safely, what are U.S. theatres and artists going to do in the meantime, and after?
Artists of color have had to work hard just to get to work in the Windy City, and in the process they’ve changed its theatres for the better.