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Jonathan Goad Directs Toronto Premiere of Annie Baker’s ‘JOHN’

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:27

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore sits down with Stratford mainstay and CBC Television regular Jonathan Goad for a conversation about the actor-turned-director’s career, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker, and the Toronto premiere of “JOHN”.

Jonathan Goad is the beloved Stratford-based actor who has been cast in over 100 plays over the last several decades, including the critically acclaimed 2015 Stratford production of ‘Hamlet’. He’s also a regular on CBC Television, appearing in The Republic of Doyle, Heartland, and Murdoch Mysteries.

Goad enjoyed a turning point in his career when he appeared in the Company Theatre production of “A Whistle In The Dark”. 12 years later, the celebrated actor is sitting in the Director’s chair for the first time thanks to the company’s Toronto premiere of “JOHN”, the most recent play by Internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Annie Baker.

John is set in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A Civil War buff and his girlfriend are staying at a bed and breakfast, and their curious host is witnessing their relationship troubles. All the while, the cast is surrounded by thousands of inanimate objects; trolls, dolls, teddy bears and all kinds of other bric-a-brac; items that seem to have a life of their own.

Mark Wigmore sat down with Jonathan Goad to learn more about the play, Jonathan’s distinguished career, and what why Annie Baker has caught the world’s attention.

It’s layered, experimental, supernatural and award winning. Annie Baker’s JOHN has previews Sunday and Monday and then gets its opening night on Tuesday January 31st. It runs through February 19 at Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre. Visit for tickets.

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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