Creation of an epic – 2

By 1990, as well as teaching, directing, and acting, I was deeply involved in the creation of the play The Eagle and the Tiger, which dealt with the relationship of Henrik Ibsen and his wife Suzannah—their nicknames for each other were the Eagle for Suzannah and the Tiger for Ibsen,…

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Creation of an epic – 1

I have been asked why and how I have written an epic trilogy, the last volume of which is expected to be finished by the fall of this year. Well, I had no idea that I would even think of such a thing.  First of all, my entire career has…

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A paradox, this day of love’s exchange

A paradox, this day of love’s exchange, Its past reeking of martyrdom and death, Pagan and Christian eros in one breath Commingling, emotions loosed to tightly range. And in the well-worn stories, great lovers strain To overcome their hardships, their passions thwarted, To keep their troth from many sides distorted,…

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Selma’s Cry for an Answer

The last time we heard Falk’s poem to Selma.  Brack praises him; Selma says she is flattered and thanks him.  But conversation now centres on women, their nature and place.  First, Brack suggests marriage, not music, should be her aim so that, once married, she can indulge in affairs.  Rebecca…

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The Eternal Argument

I never managed to write a blog for International Women’s Day.  But thinking about that day triggers memories of a soiree I created in The Eagle and the Tiger, a play I wrote about Ibsen and his wife Suzannah.  The play itself is a fusion of the present and memory…

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Music’s muse is woman fair

In the last blog I told you that the festive season had reminded me of a soiree that Ibsen and his wife Suzannah gave in my play, The Eagle and the Tiger, and I let the narrator give you a brief introduction for each of the guests.  It did not…

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Find yourself through your own voice and act

To Selma’s cry for an answer, Brack dismisses the idea of woman as artist, and the arguments rage on about the nature of woman and man until Suzannah asks if Selma’s question has been answered. Both Falk and Ibsen tell her that she must follow her drive, whatever it may…

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Douglas Rain

Douglas Rain died three months ago, but I was away and did not know of if until I got back to Kelowna in late January. Doug was my boss at the National Theatre School, and I have had great respect both for his work there and as one of our…

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12 or 20 (second series) questions with Carl Hare

From ROB MCLENNAN’S BLOG Original post Saturday, July 21, 2018   12 or 20 (second series) questions with Carl Hare Carl Hare has written poems and plays including The Eagle and the Tiger, which has been successfully produced and is in the archives of the National Library of Norway. His children’s poems have been…

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