STRATFORD FESTIVAL TACKLES GENDER BY CASTING WOMEN IN LEAD MALE ROLES

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Martha Henry is one of two women playing male lead roles at the Stratford Festival this year. She will be Prospero in The Tempest — the same play that launched her career at Stratford. (David Hou/Stratford Festival) Login/Register With: For the first time ever on the Stratford Festival’s main stage, two women will play male lead roles.But the opening night performance of The Tempest was cancelled after the festival received a bomb threat.When the play does open, Martha Henry, arguably one of Canada’s most esteemed theatre actors, will be playing Prospero. For Henry, now 80, that means that instead of her career being over, she’s now performing the role of a lifetime.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Henry’s first role at Stratford was in 1962 — and it was The Tempest, too. She appeared as Miranda opposite William Hutt in the lead as Prospero. Now she’s come full circle, playing Prospero as a woman, and mother, opposite the young Mamie Zwettler as her daughter Miranda. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Police shoot and kill man in Algonquin community of Lac Simon Quebec

first_img(Members of Lac Simon, Que say Sandy Michel was killed by local police Wednesday night in the community. Photo from facebook)Tom FennarioAPTN National NewsLAC SIMON, QUE– A man was killed by police in the Algonquin community of Lac Simon Wednesday evening.Lac Simon police responded to a call of a man brandishing a knife at approximately 7:30 p.m. local time.A number of sources in the community say the man was Sandy Michel of Lac Simon.Michel, who was in 20’s, was first hit by a police car. Shots from police were fired later.It is not clear what killed Michel.Lac Simon is located about 495 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Quebec’s provincial police force, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), has since taken over the investigation.According to the SQ, the man was taken by ambulance to hospital in Val d’Or where he died.This is the second deadly shooting the small Algonquin community has faced since February.After Wednesday’s shooting, emotions were running high.According to a post on Facebook, members of the community surrounded SQ officers as they arrived.“Following the intervention, a group of people allegedly tried to attack the police to Lac-Simon and so the Sûreté du Québec were requested as reinforcements,” said the SQ, Benoit Coutu. “Ten SQ officers were dispatched to the scene and a perimeter was established.” The SQ has been mandated by the Ministry of Public Security to take over policing duties in the community until further notice.The Ministry of Public Security also said that the SQ will conduct an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened between police and Lac Simon residents Wednesday night.In February, Lac Simon police Officer Thierry LeRoux, 26, was shot and killed by community member Anthony Raymond Papatie. Papatie took his own life after confessing to the shooting on Facebook.More to come …last_img read more