Toronto-based Jennifer Tarver will direct Brian Dennehy in Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape (2008). General Director Antoni Cimolino is very excited about her debut at the Festival, calling her an "outstanding young talent".
According to the press release, "Tarver, winner of the 2006 Pauline McGibbon Award and the 2002 John Hirsch Directors Award, is a respected director and creator, known for work that resounds with clarity and sophistication. She was named Now Magazine's best director of 2007. Her most recent productions include Thom Pain (based on nothing), a one-man show featuring Tom McCamus, and Sarah Kane's Crave for Nightwood Theatre, for which she received a Dora nomination for best director."
Robert Falls will direct Dennehy and Joe Grifasi in the second half of the double bill: Eugene O'Neill's Hughie (2008). "I'm thrilled that Robert Falls can step in on Hughie so that he can continue his fruitful creative relationship with Brian Dennehy," says Artistic Director Des McAnuff.
"Falls has been the artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre since 1986. Under his leadership, the Goodman was named by Time magazine the number one regional theatre in the U. S. Two of his most highly acclaimed Broadway productions, Death of a Salesman and Long Day's Journey Into Night, both starring Brian Dennehy, were honoured with seven Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards. Death of a Salesman went on to a long run in London's West End."
Don Shipley resigned as director of the both productions on March 12.