Q+A: SnB director Emily Grant

With Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) set to premiere on Thursday, The Charlatan sat down with director Emily Grant to learn all about the play, talking Shakespeare, feminism, and turtles. The Charlatan (TC): Let’s start with why Goodnight Desdemona? What drew you to the play? Emily Grant (EG): I actually first read the play in my Grade 11 English class, and as I was reading through it the first time I kind of started staging it myself as I was reading through it. It’s so full of different kinds of scenes and scenarios that you don’t find in many other plays. I love that it parodies Shakespeare shows not necessarily in a reflective way. It […]

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Q+A: Macbeth director Sarah Haley

Second-year English and human rights student Sarah Haley is directing a production of Macbeth for Carleton’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre. With the play set to premiere on Nov. 24, The Charlatan sat down with her to learn all about it. The Charlatan (TC): What attracted you to Macbeth? Sarah Haley (SH): I really, really love Shakespeare, that’s one of my passions as an English student. When I was in 11th grade and I studied the play for the first time academically, I noticed a lot of the ways people interpreted the play were very misogynistic. People often viewed Macbeth as a tragic figure who was slighted by the woman who manipulated him into committing cruel deeds, and I was really […]

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Q&A: Kevin MacDonald, director of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Sock ‘n’ Buskin opened their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead on March 29 at the Carleton University Art Gallery, described on their Facebook page as being kind of like “if Shakespeare and Jim Henson did coke together in an art gallery.” The Charlatan talked to Kevin MacDonald about the challenges of directing and the joys of puppets. The Charlatan (TC): Is this your first time directing? Kevin MacDonald (KM): Yeah, this is my first time ever directing anything, actually. I’ve been involved with the company before doing a variety of shows. I did Rent in my first year, then I was in Bonnie and Clyde, and I assistant directed The Mouse That Roared, actually, but this is my […]

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Film review: The Witch

I don’t know what freedom costs. It’s an intangible concept—and maybe each of us has our own cost, our own point of discovery. I do know that sometimes we are driven to places we never thought ourselves capable of reaching, and it may not always be entirely clear if we willed it to happen or if it simply happened to us. Films are things that, in this way, just happen to us, but the best of them are in fact able to take you to that heretofore-unreachable space. That’s what Robert Eggers’ The Witch accomplishes. With much of its dialogue taken verbatim from 17th-century New England documents, court records, and diaries, Eggers and his dedicated cast and crew immerse us […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s The Crucible is full of substance and style

Imaginations run wild and accusations fly as a group of young women are caught doing suspicious things at midnight by the local preacher in Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s recent production of The Crucible, directed by Jake Pitre and Keith Hickey. This version of Arthur Miller’s Salem witch trials courtroom drama was modernized by a decision to go goth: The staging included fog and strobe lights, new wave-inspired electronic music played in between acts, and the makeup and costumes were all goth themed. The new direction succeeded in changing the way the play worked and made it feel modern and relevant. A significant amount of the success of the play relied on the strength of the actors. With the exception of the […]

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