Reinventing Dramatic Forms: The Eighth Journey of Sinbad

Peter Farbridge 30th Anniversary, Home

A look back… Retrospective #5 in honour of Modern Times’ 30th anniversary season.       Over the first ten years of Modern Times’ productions, artistic director Soheil Parsa explored his own theatrical heritage in search of new vocabularies that could speak to Canadian audiences.  “The Eighth Journey of Sinbad” was one such production in which the mixture of Eastern …

“The rest”, says Hamlet, “is silence.”

Peter Farbridge 30th Anniversary, Home

A Look Back… Retrospective #4 in honour of Modern Times’ 30th anniversary season. Remembering John Evans The setting for this story is Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. From 1997 to 1999, co-artistic directors Soheil Parsa and Peter Farbridge adapted this text, reducing scenes, creating non-verbal ones, honing in the action. Soheil rehearsed it over 11 weeks into a quick-paced two hours, with minimal …

Finding the Music of Plays: “The Four Cases” in 1991

Peter Farbridge 30th Anniversary, Home

A look back… Retrospective #3 in honour of Modern Times’ 30th anniversary season. Co-artistic Directors Soheil Parsa and Peter Farbridge remember “The Four Cases” in 1991. What was this show about, Soheil? Soheil:  “The Four Cases” is Bahram Beyza’ie’s mythic play about the dangers of absolute power. Four figures– The Red, The Yellow, The Green and The Black — are …