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In honour of the opening of his final performance of "This is What Happens Next", we've made Daniel MacIvor today's Playwright of the Day.
MacIvor is one of Canada's most charming and prolific contemporary playwrights. If you haven't begun your love affair with his work yet, today is a great day to pop your cherry.
My love affair with MacIvor's work began when I was 17. A student production of "A Soldier Dreams" at The Sear's Festival blew me away and I haven't stopped loving him since. It might be safe to say that most, if not all, Canadian theatre artists have fallen in love with the charm and wit of MacIvor's works and each of us has wondered in woe why we hadn't been exposed to his work earlier.
MacIvor writes with rhythm. He punctuates his pieces to perfection. As a result, one can't help reading them in a notable "MacIvor" way. Each show moves quickly and readily. When experiencing a MacIvor piece, I often feel like I'm watching the text, like it's words literally coming alive in front of me. There's nothing like it.
Since hes performed a number of his works, he's become a shining example of his own prototypical performer. After graduating from George Brown College's theatre program, he co-founded Da Da Kamera with a number of other notable Canadian artists including Daniel Brooks. Soon MacIvor became known for moving audiences with his award winning solo works including Here Lies Henry, House/Humans and Monster.In 2006 , I traveled to Toronto from New York once a month to see him perform these works for, what he threatened to be, a final time. It was worth it even if it wasn't, in fact, his final solo performances.
Now, he graces the stage one "final" time, for the "final time" at the Martha Cohen Theatre for This is What Happens Next from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4 as part of the 2013 High Performance Rodeo.
We wish him luck and hope to heaven this isn't really his last.
Watch an interview from when MacIvor performed the show 2 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FzXiidFBP8