The following is reprinted from PuShing it, the blog of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Monday, January 9, 2012
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE IDIOT CREATORS DIRECTOR JAMES FAGAN TAIT AND COMPOSER JOELYSA PANKANEA
Both “Crime and Punishment” and now “The Idiot” mark a certain production style in your body of work. How did it start?
JAMES FAGAN TAIT: I had just finished working in the Downtown East Side with over 80 actors in a play, and I had done a few Ann Jellicoe-type community plays – one on Toronto Island, one in the Downtown East Side [In the Heart of a City] and six in Enderby with the Splatsin First Nations band and the City of Enderby – and I started believing in the power of large community and music and many people on stage of different variety. Read the rest