Around the World in 80 Plays
A collaboration between CBC Radio's IDEAS and Soulpepper Theatre
Theatre has a unique power to transport us. Around The World in 80 Plays is an audio drama series mounted by Soulpepper Theatre Company.
The series takes listeners on a trip around the world with plays celebrating the global 'canon.' Over the course of 8 weeks you'll hear works from Indigenous Canada, India, Argentina, Iran, Nigeria, Italy, Russia and Jamaica.
And CBC Radio's IDEAS will be your guide on that journey with its own radio documentaries exploring the cultural and historical context from these countries. The companion pieces celebrate how these iconic plays intersect with contemporary Canadian multiculturalism. The series starts Wednesday April 21.
Moonlodge by Margo Kane
The Canadian one-woman play, Moonlodge was originally produced in the 1990s — when there were few Indigenous stories presented on stage. It's the story of Agnes, a young girl taken from her childhood home who embarks on a road trip of discovery across the United States. With humour and tragedy, the play tears at Indigenous stereotypes, and tells a story of identity and belonging, and how the past shapes the experience of Indigenous people today.
The Walls by Griselda Gambaro
In her 1963 play about truth, lies and state violence, Griselda Gambaro predicted the dark period Argentina was hurtling towards. As part of a collaboration with Soulpepper Theatre Company, we bring you inside a room where innocence doesn't exist and even the walls themselves can't be trusted.
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Six characters whose story was never written take matters into their own hands by gatecrashing a theatre rehearsal, turning reality on its head in the metatheatrical masterpiece of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. Italian-Canadian director Daniele Bartolini describes his lifelong relationship with the avant-garde play, and his approach to this SoulPepper Theatre Company production.
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
The playwright Anton Chekhov wrote to a friend that he was writing a play with "a great deal of conversation about literature, little actions, tons of love." True to his promise, there's not a lot of action in The Seagull but there is a lot of talk and much falling in love — generally with the wrong people. The play highlights the interactions between people unable to communicate their deepest feelings, lying to each other, lying to themselves. It's not unlike our own lives, where there isn't a ready-made plot with a neat ending.