Q+A: Sock ‘n’ Buskin director Meg Sutton

Carleton’s own Sock ‘n’ Buskin theatre company has a production of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon premiering on Nov. 16. With the show a week away, The Charlatan sat down with director Meg Sutton to learn more about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why [you chose] The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon? What drew you to the play? Meg Sutton (MS): It’s a very cute story. I’ve been a part of Sock ‘n’ Buskin for a while. I found my family and great friends. I always thought I’d be an actor, never thought I’d be a director. When I choose [the play], I was across Canada and my friend Mary convinced me to direct a show. I didn’t want to, […]

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Commentary: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s Macbeth features creative direction

Blood, betrayal, and a battle for power. Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company presents a chilling, sinister, and brilliant Macbeth. Macbeth was first performed as early as 1606. As one of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, it tells the story of Macbeth (Sheldon Paul), a Scottish general, and his rise to power. After being told by a group of witches (Jasmine Stamos, Mary Sword, Alex Wilson) that he would become the King, Macbeth feels encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth (Meaghan Brackenbury), to murder Queen Duncan (Amal Azman) and claim the throne. Fearing that he will lose his powerful position, Macbeth and his wife are driven to insanity, as they co-ordinate a series of assassination attempts against those who threaten him. Paul’s strong poise, […]

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Commentary: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s Macbeth features creative direction

Blood, betrayal, and a battle for power. Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company presents a chilling, sinister, and brilliant Macbeth. Macbeth was first performed as early as 1606. As one of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, it tells the story of Macbeth (Sheldon Paul), a Scottish general, and his rise to power. After being told by a group of witches (Jasmine Stamos, Mary Sword, Alex Wilson) that he would become the King, Macbeth feels encouraged by his wife, Lady Macbeth (Meaghan Brackenbury), to murder Queen Duncan (Amal Azman) and claim the throne. Fearing that he will lose his powerful position, Macbeth and his wife are driven to insanity, as they co-ordinate a series of assassination attempts against those who threaten him. Paul’s […]

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Letter: Sock ‘n’ Buskin is welcoming

RE: Editorial: Sock ‘n’ Buskin should strive for more diversity, Nov. 19-25. Ousting instances of discrimination based on race or gender on the Carleton campus is both justified and necessary. Unfortunately, The Charlatan seemed to suffer a lapse in judgement in their editorial on the supposed male-centric nature of the Sock ’n’ Buskin Theatre Company. Pointing a finger to Sock ’n’ Buskin as a culprit in gender and cultural division is both inaccurate and harmful to the diversification of Carleton’s student-run theatre. While a revised version was later published online, both articles undervalue the efforts made by the student-run company to include all those willing and capable. Sock ’n’ Buskin actively strives to incorporate the demographics of their prospective actors […]

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Assuming lack of diversity in Sock ‘n’ Buskin plays was wrong

RE: Sock ‘n’ Buskin should strive for more diversity, Nov. 19-25. I’d like to begin by thanking The Charlatan for beginning this conversation through its editorial about the suggested lack of diversity at Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company. As a member of the board of directors, a director of a forthcoming production, and a fan of the work Sock ’n’ Buskin produces, I understand personal attachments can make it difficult to see things from an outside perspective. All of our shows this year were written by white males. I can say without reservation this is entirely a coincidence and not symptomatic of any conscious biases. I say that realizing it doesn’t change anything, and from the outside looking in, our […]

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