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John Hirsch: Haunted by Dreams

WED DEC 4 - 7:00 PM

A Co-Presentation with the Royal Manitoban Theatre Centre One of the founders of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, John Hirsch was a pioneer in the Winnipeg theatre community for his outspoken views on developing drama and the need to take risks in presenting live theatre. In conjunction with a new one man play HIRSCH which opens at RMTC in late November we present two films which speak to his legacy and one on the importance of independent theatre. Mort Ransen’s documentary from the ‘60s features a remarkably candid interview with Hirsch where he speaks passionately about the importance of theatre and bringing culture into people’s lives. Noam Gonick‘s Hirsch is a creative interpretation of Hirsch’s life with inventive set design and innovative visuals. Between Then and Now was created to mark Theatre Project Manitoba’s anniversary as an invaluable resource to the Winnipeg playwriting community.

Between Then and Now: Twenty Years of Theatre Projects Manitoba
dir. Gordon Tanner, 2012, Canada, 16 min
Made to celebrate Theatre Projects Manitoba’s 20th Anniversary in 2010, this documentary explores the origins of the company and the critical role it plays in encouraging new growth in Winnipeg’s vibrant theatre ecosystem. Many of Winnipeg’s most significant playwrights and actors have worked with Theatre Projects Manitoba including Bruce McManus, Grant Guy, and its founding artistic director Harry Rintoul.

John Hirsch: Portrait of a Man and a Theatre
dir. Mort Ransen, 1965, Canada, 29 min
This rarely seen portrait of the MTC pioneer reflects his radical beliefs about what theatre means. John Hirsch’s infectious enthusiasm led to the creation of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. This film is about his passion for theatre and its contribution to the city of Winnipeg.

Hirsch
dir. Noam Gonick, 2010, Canada, 11 min
Objects found by children in an attic tell the story of the father of Canadian theatre. A ten year-old boy watching his friends and babysitter play video games and unearth Hirsch’s belongings listens to Hirsch’s deathbed interview on an old reel-to-reel player. As a teenaged World War II orphan, Hirsch came to Winnipeg from Europe, his only possession a suitcase puppet show. He became an agitator for culture on the Canadian prairies, cofounding the MTC and going to direct on New York’s Lincoln Center stage. He died in Toronto in 1989 at age 59 from complications due to AIDS.

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