Thursday, January 31, 2008

Storch Will Star Next Season

An update this morning from Michael Posner at the Globe and Mail reports that Artistic Director David Storch, who yesterday resigned his post with the Canadian Stage Company, will be acting in the as-yet-unannounced 2008-2009 season.

Artistic Producer Martin Bragg had previously confirmed that Storch will remain on as the director of Misery (2008), which opens on May 5.

Misery (2008), an adaptation of the Stephen King novel, is perhaps appropriately the last show of the season.

Richard Ouzounian observed that "the usually upbeat Bragg was tense yesterday as he discussed the current climate in the organization. He conceded that Little Shop of Horrors [2008] underperformed at the box office and to make up for it, 'I rebalanced the organization. I made a few nips and tucks.'

"Bragg was unwilling to go into further details, saying that all would be made clear when he announces the 2008-2009 season 'sometime in February,' but he did allow that, 'there are going to be major changes in new play development and other areas.'

"Informed observers are predicting the departure of long-time dramaturge Iris Turcott, as well as other key personnel in the organization.

"The Canadian Stage Company is currently carrying a $1 million deficit on a budget of $10.7 million, with nearly 70 per cent of that having been incurred during the 2005-2006 season."

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