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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Sock ‘n’ Buskin takes on fairy tales

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, Carleton’s very own student-run theatre company—otherwise known as Sock ‘n’ Buskin—is busy prepping for their fall line-up of performances. Sock ‘n’ Buskin is starting off this year with a performance of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a play where a group of fairy-tale characters attempt to combine and adapt 209 of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a whirlwind of dark comedy. Meg Sutton, the play’s director, said the show bridges the gap between the light and fun happily-ever-after aspect of Disney and the darkness of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. “We’re going back to when Cinderella did have evil step-sisters, but they were beautiful, and did end up cutting […]

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Review: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s As You Like It

If you went to high school in North America, you are likely familiar with the writing of William Shakespeare and chances are that while you might understand they were important to the evolution of the English language, you aren’t particularly fond of them. I was one of those people before last weekend, but Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s performance of As You Like It breathed much needed life into words that look so dull sitting on paper. It is an absolute must-see. As You Like It follows the plot of a quintessential Shakespeare comedy: Following the banishment of her father, a young lady named Rosalind travels into the Forest of Arden—where she believes she can find him—with her best friend and closely […]

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Mellissa Fung talk focuses of Afghan progress since 2001

Mellissa Fung, author of Under An Afghan Sky and former CBC journalist, was at Carleton on Nov. 11 to talk about the good that is happening in Afghanistan, where she is currently working on a documentary and freelance assignments. The event was co-presented by Carleton and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. It focused on the progress Afghanistan has made in education, health care, and freedom of expression since Western armies overthrew the Taliban government in 2001. “All is not lost. All those New York Times and Al Jazeera reports about suicide bombings and how the Taliban are gaining ground, that’s only one side of the story,” Fung said to a crowd of more than 100 people. In 2008, Fung was kidnapped […]

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