Thursday, March 24, 2011

Canadian iconoclasts repelled at US border

Canadian Monster Theatre troupe that was to have presented the anti-Stratfordian comedy titled The Shakespeare Show: Or, how an illiterate son of a Glover became the Greatest Playwright in the World by Ryan Gladstone on March 24-26, 2011 at the Portland Mini Fringe Festival will not be performing. Dan Wright, PhD -- director of the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon -- reported today:
I am sad to announce that due to some complications at the US-Canadian border, the troupe that was to perform The Shakespeare Show Friday night at Theatre! Theatre! as part of the Portland Mini Fringe Festival has been turned away and denied US entry. Hence, the play is cancelled. Perhaps we'll find some occasion for another get-together this Spring.
For more information on this event see Oberon post: 
The Shakespeare Show plays at Portland's Mini Fringe Festival March 24-26, 2011

March 25, 2011 UPDATE:

Oberon received this communique from Monster Theater Artistic Producer Tara Travis regarding the troupe's cancelled performance:
We're quite devastated that we were unable to perform this weekend. After all our efforts and the efforts of others to reach out and engage the community that would most enjoy this production, it came down to a simple detail in our paperwork at the border crossing. We did extensive research to make sure we had everything required for such an engagement, and the presenting company, FUSE ensemble, supported us through that process, but alas, a vital piece of information that was missed made all the difference. It's frustrating and upsetting, but ultimately a lesson learned the hard way. Now that we have all our facts and requirements straight, we are looking to make another opportunity to come to the US. No date has been set, but we will certainly be in touch when that day comes. Most likely, we'll work to arrange a longer engagement, a multi-city tour on a special performer's visa. Once the appropriate visas are acquired and t's crossed and i's dotted...it will be a pleasure to finally do what we set out to do!