Soulpepper theatre is celebrating a milestone this year with its fifteenth season. The company was formed in 1998 by twelve actors who were interested in exploring classical theatre and saw a lack of it in Toronto. Under the guidance of Robin Phillips, they mounted their inaugural season at the Harbourfront Centre in 1998. Phillips directed the company in Don Carlos and The Misanthrope. That first season was a huge success and set a path for a successful future.
Soulpepper saw extraordinary growth over the past decade and a half and has grown from a two play bill to a year-round program of over 400 performances at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
Founding artistic director Albert Schultz spoke to Mike Duncan and Jean Sitwell about the company’s fifteenth season and the two works that Soulpepper has recently mounted.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is Eugene O’Niell’s devastating and deeply personal play that looks at a day in the life of his tortured family. It runs until March 31.
High Life is a darkly funny tale that Schultz describes with this wonderful analogy: “It’s like if you took Oceans 11 and Glengary Glen Ross and mixed them up inside a bottle of Molson Export, that’s High Life.” High Life runs until March 28.
For more information about Soulpepper’s 2012/13 season visit soulpepper.ca
Photo: Sandy Nicholson