Artist-in-Residence, UK Director David Zoob, at the University of Regina

Public Service Announcement Release Date: September 16, 2014 3:00 p.m.

What do Regina in 2015 and pre-revolutionary Russia have in common? With the assistance of UR International, professor Kelly Handerek switches places with David Zoob, senior lecturer and theatre director from Rose Bruford College in London, UK – the top rated drama school in the UK.

Zoob is directing Philistines by Maxim Gorky in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton. The play is fuelled by two of the greatest historical and cultural events of the 20th century: the impending Russian revolution and the arrival of naturalism on the stage.

“I am thrilled to come to Regina to direct this play,” said David Zoob. “Set just before the Russian Revolution, it's about a large household in a state of crisis during a time of enormous political upheaval. Like all great plays, it can tell us something about ourselves now by being accurate to its own time and place. The actors are extremely talented and open to learn new ways. The exchange is a wonderful way to enrich the learning experience - both for students and staff.”

“This is such as exciting opportunity for our students and our department,” says Head of the University’s Theatre Department, Dr. Kathleen Irwin. “Not only do we get to welcome David to our campus, but for the third year, SK ACTRA is supporting us through a professional mentorship program that allows us to hire Mark Claxton to act and interact with students. This kind of experience provides them with insights into the world of professional acting and gives them a leg-up in their training.”

In addition, says Irwin, Zoob has cast three alumni and two local actors, George Grassisk and Gwen Seed, for the older roles.  “This is a great opportunity to welcome community members to campus to interact with our students.”

The production has been supported by University of Regina’s Students’ Union whose sponsorship maintains free admission for all students. The show runs from November 7-15 in the Shu-Box Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and high school students.

For more information or to book interviews, contact Landon Walliser, publicist, at 306-586-9835.

Revised September 23, 2014


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