Thanks to everyone who came out on July 30th to our event at The Post at 750, “An Interview with the Unimpressed: Jordan Tannahill’s Multi-Faceted Artistic Practice” presented by Touchstone Theatre and the PuSh Festival and co-hosted by Artistic Director Katrina Dunn and Club PuSh Co-Curator Tim Carlson. Touchstone audiences will remember him as the playwright of Late Company, which is being remounted as part of the 40th Anniversary Season, and the 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s award for drama. He has been described by the Globe and Mail as “… the poster child of a new generation of (theatre? film? dance?) artists for whom “interdisciplinary” is not a buzzword, but a way of life.” Jordan is based in Toronto and his work runs the gamut: creating short films and media installations, running the renowned alternative arts space Videofag in partnership with William Christopher Ellis out of a storefront in Toronto’s Kensington Market, producing work with Erin Brubacher via their theatre company Suburban Beast, and developing new plays for Canadian Stage, UK’s Panic Lab, Necessary Angel/bluemouth inc. and the National Theatre School of Canada.
In addition to having talent to burn, Jordan is a quick-wit and warm-hearted as you’ll hear as you listen the interview with Katrina and Tim. Jordan also read from his new book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama recently published by Coach House Books. The Globe and Mail called it “…essential reading for anybody interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance,” and described by Tim on July 30th as “a tough love survey of where Canadian theatre is in the here and now.” For his book, Jordan interviewed dozens of personalities – artists, audiences and laypeople alike – a few of whom were referenced and in the room when he read.