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Daybreak Again: February 1 & 2, 2014

Erin_Balser.jpgCanada Reads is just around the corner with just a month until the debates kick off for CBC's annual "battle of the books". Daybreak's books columnist Erin Balser gave Russell Bowers a rundown of all five of this year's contending novels and the Canadian celebrities who will be defending them.

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Winters-tale-naked1.jpgThey say it's "bittersweet." The final students in Mount Royal University's Theatre Arts program are performing in their final show at MRU's Nickle Theatre. They are working with Calgary's Shakespeare Company on The Winter's Tale. While the students are excited about the production, it's mixed with a lament for the end of formal theatrical training at the school. Russell spoke with one of the performers, Jacob Leisuk, as well as Haysam Kadri, the artisitic director of The Shakespeare Company.

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Antoinette.jpgShe's the 18th century French queen credited with the phrase, "Let them eat cake," even if it was an incorrect translation of what she supposedly said. Shadow Theatre's, Marie Antoinette: The Colour of Flesh looks to provide another insight into the kind of person the play says she really was - not who people think she was. The show also explores some of her most personal relationships right at the turbulent time of the French revolution and it's running at the Varscona Theatre in Edmonton through February 16. The director of Marie Antionette: The Color of Flesh, John Hudson, came into the Daybreak studio to speak with Russell.

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