Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Tamara LaPlante

Tamara LaPlante is directing a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company. With the show’s opening just days away, The Charlatan spoke with her to learn about the play, the directing process, and why she prefers comedies to tragedies. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Twelfth Night? What drew you to the play? Tamara LaPlante (TL): Sock ‘n’ Buskin kind of has a bit of a tradition where we’ve started doing Shakespeare every year. It used to be we did a Shakespeare and a musical every year, we haven’t done a musical in a couple years. I really like tradition, and I also really prefer the comedies over the tragedies. I think tragedies are important, […]

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Commentary: SnB’s God of Carnage successfully takes risks

God of Carnage made me uncomfortable, but in a good way. It was like a well-orchestrated trainwreck taking place right before my eyes, and truly lived up to the carnage the title suggests. The premise of the play is simple: two couples sit down to discuss a fight that happened between their children. The discussion starts out cordially, but soon devolves into a complete mess. By the end of the play, everyone is either drunk, pissed off, or lamenting the loss of their cell phone. And when I say complete mess I mean complete mess. No racial or homophobic slur is off-limits. Sexist remarks? Go for it. An angry rant about a family pet? Absolutely. Given the nature of the […]

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Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Casey Beynon

Casey Beynon, a third-year communications and media studies student, is directing a production of Yazmina Reza’s God of Carnage for Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre. The play opens on Jan. 26, and The Charlatan sat down with her to hear about the show. The Charlatan (TC): What made you want to try directing a play? Casey Beynon (CB): I’ve been acting for like 10 or so years, and I would do a show a year, and I’ve just had such a diverse range of directors that I was super interested in trying it out myself. TC: What made you originally get into theatre? CB: I was in grade eight, and my teacher was interested in this one particular show called I […]

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Sock ‘N’ Buskin to feature new directorial talent

Starting next week, Sock ‘N’ Buskin are revealing their 2016-17 season with a lineup of four confirmed shows starting in November. Lauren Stiers and Casey Beynon, both previous members of the Sock ‘N’ Buskin team, are stepping into the director’s seat for the first time with the highly-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror and God of Carnage. Stiers said she has been involved with shows since her first year at Sock ‘N’ Buskin. This will be her second year on the board of directors. She said she is thrilled to share her vision of the Anthony Dodge modern classic. “I’m very passionate about the source material for Sherlock Holmes and bringing all the literary criticism that I’ve read about […]

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