By Kenneth Jones
12 Jul 2012
|Photo by Andrew Eccles|
This world-premiere production, in rep to Sept. 14 at Stratford's Studio Theatre, is billed as "a fiery invocation of one of the country's theatrical pioneers."
Performed by Alon Nashman and conceived and created by Nashman and director Paul Thompson, "the play presents Hirsch as a trailblazing artist and unique personality, one who left a mark on Canadian theatre and Canadian theatre artists that endures to this day."
The play was developed at Stratford in a series of residencies and workshops over the past three years. It tells of his life from his childhood in pre-war Hungary, where Hirsch was reportedly one of only a few survivors from his village of 800 Jews, to his premature death from AIDS in 1989, when he was 59 years old. Hirsch's work was also seen in the U.S. — at Lincoln Center Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Off-Broadway and elsewhere.
The artistic team includes designer Gillian Gallow, lighting designer Itai Erdal, sound designer Verne Goode, dramaturg Bob White and stunt coordinator Todd Campbell.
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 2012 season runs in rep on four stage until Oct. 28, featuring Much Ado About Nothing; 42nd Street, The Matchmaker; Henry V; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Pirates of Penzance; A Word or Two; Cymbeline; Wanderlust; Elektra; MacHomer; The Best Brothers; Hirsch and The War of 1812.
For more information, visit stratfordfestival.ca.