Today is World Theatre Day! In fact it’s the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. It’s a time to both celebrate theatre and to recognize its contribution to the cultural fabric of our community, both local and global. Of course the best way to mark the day is by going to see some theatre. There are certainly several options in Winnipeg right now. Or if that’s not in the cards you can take a moment to read the messages written by artists to mark this important date.
John Malkovich, celebrated actor and director was asked to write the official World Theatre Day message. Here are his words to fellow theatre workers:
“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do. May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work. And may the best of you – for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments – succeed in framing that most basic of questions, “how do we live?” Godspeed.”
– John Malkovich
For more on the international campaign: http://www.world-theatre-day.org/en/index.html
For Canada, read Daniel David Moses inspiring message: http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/news/canadas-message-2012-world-theatre-day
Coincidentally today also marks one month from the world premiere of EDEN, a new play that marks a momentous step forward for Sarasvàti Productions as we undertake our largest project yet. We believe theatre does indeed question how we live and EDEN tackles some of the hardest questions about how we decide what is ‘right’ and ‘just’ in a complex world.
Director, Sharon Bajer has this to share: “I am very excited to be working on EDEN with such a fabulous team of artists. New plays are always wondrous because you are presenting a new work for the public for the very first time. There has been a lot of evolution in this piece and I welcome the challenge to help bring this important and epic story to life.”
Join us from April 27th to May 13th, check out the EDEN webpage for full details and to book tickets.