Dramaturges, Adaptors, Translators

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Morris Panych

Third season: Book and additional lyrics for Wanderlust. Director of Wanderlust. A playwright, actor and director, Morris has directed 80 productions and written 20 plays, many of which have been produced internationally. In 1989, the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver produced his play 7 Stories (which was remounted in 2004), followed by The Necessary Steps in 1991 and The Ends of the Earth in 1992. Earshot premièred at the Tarragon Theatre in 2001 and was remounted in a joint production by Vancouver Playhouse and Alberta Theatre Projects in 2002. In 2004, the play was produced by Victoria’s Belfry Theatre and in 2006 at both the National Arts Centre and Tarragon Extra Space. In 1995, Vigil premièred at the Belfry Theatre and won Vancouver’s Jessie Award for best play. Vigil has been performed in over 30 theatres in Canada and the United States, including the Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Edmonton’s Phoenix and the American Conservatory Theatre. In 2002, under the title Auntie and Me, it played at the Edinburgh Festival and in January 2003 it opened at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End. It has been translated into 24 languages. In 1998, Morris co-created and directed the physical theatre piece The Overcoat, which has toured across North America. The Barbican Centre of London’s West End hosted the Canadian Stage production as part of its 2004 BITE (Barbican International Theatre Events) series. The Overcoat was also part of Toronto’s 2003 World Stage Festival and was made into a film, directed by Morris. Morris’s play Girl in the Goldfish Bowl premièred at the Arts Club Theatre in 2002 and was also produced by Tarragon Theatre the same year, winning Dora Mavor Moore Awards for best new play and best direction. The play also received the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, which Morris won for the first time in 1994 with The Ends of the Earth. He directed his adaptation of Moby Dick at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2008 and premièred The Trespassers here in 2009. Other directing credits include productions at the Shaw Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Canadian Stage and Vancouver Opera.

Meet Morris Panych at Talking Theatre on Thursday, July 5.