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Tony Nardi’s Film LETTER TWO to be Screened at the International Summit: Directing in the Public Arts

lettertwoGuernica author Tony Nardi, a Canadian actor, playwright, director and producer, and author will have his film, Letter Two, screened at the International Summit: Directing in the Public Arts this Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus at 7pm.

Letter Two challenges misconceptions about the commedia dell’arte by present-day theatre critics and directors. It explores a history of an ‘actor-less’ theatre culture in Canada at the hands of a ‘director’s theatre’, in which, increasingly, a tradition of over-trained actors and under-trained directors is encouraged.

The International Summit: Directing in the Public Arts is a symposium and workshop devoted to the Art of the Director. It includes an intensive program of interactive workshops, open forum dialogues, performances, screenings, and paper presentations, all dedicated to exploring the director’s art across the spectrum of the performing arts. The Summit means to inspire creativity, provoke conversation and connect arts professionals with industry, scholars and a community world-wide.

TWO LETTERS …And Counting!published by Guernica Spring 2013, is based on two actual letters sent to “middle-men” of the Canadian cultural scene: a film/television producer and two theatre critics. Letter One articulates an actor/writer’s struggle with cultural stereotypes in Canadian theatre/film/TV. Letter Two challenges misconceptions about commedia dell’arte by present-day theatre critics and directors. It explores a history of an ‘actor-less’ theatre culture in Canada at the hands of ‘director’s theatre’, in which, increasingly, a tradition of over-trained actors and under-trained directors is encouraged. “… And Counting!” (Letter Three) is a postmortem of Two Letters, and a journey into the present state of theatre, culture (and funding).

Watch the film and don’t forget to buy your copy of TWO LETTERS …And Counting! afterwards!

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