Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Copper Thunderbird" at 'Western Edge Theatre' in Nanaimo, BC ends TOMORROW!

Nanaimo Centre Stage, 25 Victoria Road

"Norval Wife & Norval Man", © Mary Kerr
/The costumes designed for the National Arts Centre presentation of "Copper Thunderbird"/

The long-awaited Western Edge production of Copper Thunderbird arrives with one of Canada's best known actors in the headline role. Lorne Cardinal, who delighted over a million Canadians each week as Sergeant Davis Quinton in the hit TV series "Corner Gas," takes on a much different role here: as the great painter Norval Morrisseau.

Called the "Picasso of the North," Morrisseau -- who spent the last years of his life in Nanaimo -- was a genius whose work was exhibited in leading galleries around the world. And yet he also lived for long periods on the streets of Vancouver, selling his sketches for spare change and battling the demons that came to him as powerfully as his art. In Galiano playwright Marie Clement's vibrantly theatrical telling, Morrisseau is seen simultaneously as a boy, young man, and old man, as the canvas of his extraordinary life unfurls before him.

Joining Lorne Cardinal is a diverse cast of stage veterans and newcomers gathered from throughout Vancouver Island, bringing to life a rich tapestry of biographical and fantasy characters. Like Morrisseau's paintings, Copper Thunderbird is playful, daring, and rich in beauty and spirit.

Tickets: 250-668-0991 (Nanaimo) or 1-888-320-3343

Source: 'Western Edge Theatre' - Nanaimo's professional theatre with a community feel


Additional info: "From set to stage" by Melissa Fryer - Nanaimo News Bulletin; "Soaring Artist" - Copper Thunderbird paints the vivid life of Norval Morrisseau by Martin Morrow - CBC.

>>> Reference posts:
- "Copper Thunderbird",

- Marie Clements about Norval Morrisseau,
- 'Western Edge Theatre' in Nanaimo, BC Presents: &
- "Copper Thunderbird: Invention, Inspiration and Transformation" at UVic's Legacy Gallery.-

-* Illustrations for this post are of the two costumes of UVic Theatre Professor Mary Kerr (Norval Wife & Norval Man) she designed for the National Arts Centre presentation of "Copper Thunderbird", a play about the life of one of Canada's great artists, Norval Morrisseau

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