Thursday, April 23 | Keir Cutler with Magnificence (ODD Box)
Magnificence is the tenth original monologue by Montréal-born Keir Cutler. This new work is based on Keir’s relationship with his late mother, May Ebbitt Cutler, former mayor of Westmount, founder of Tundra Books and author of the award-winning, highly praised memoir I Once Knew An Indian Woman, a book that had a great effect on Keir as a child. The New York Times reviewed her book in 1973, stating, “Simplicity isn’t easy to find any more and neither is goodness. In this story they are stunningly exemplified.” The piece is directed by the award-winning Paul Van Dyck.
Keir Cutler, born in Montréal, has been performing his solo shows across Canada, the US and UK since 1999. He is a veteran of nearly 100 fringe festivals. He is best known for his award-winning Teaching Shakespeare and his adaptation of Mark Twain’s Is Shakespeare Dead? His latest work and tenth original monologue, Magnificence, debuted at the 2019 Montréal Fringe Festival and was awarded "Best English Text.” Keir has been called “formidably delightful" (Off-Off Broadway Review, New York), "a masterful entertainer" (Winnipeg Free Press) and “mesmerizing” (Maisonneuve Magazine, Montreal). He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (playwriting), and has a PhD in theatre from Wayne State University in Detroit. Four of his solo shows have been broadcasted on television by Bravo Canada. He has also appeared in several film and tv projects and is represented as an actor by TBT Management. Keir is married and lives in Shawinigan, Quebec. His website is www.keircutler.com
Paul Van Dyck (Director) is a writer, director and performer, and is the Artistic Director of Rabbit in a Hat Productions. He has received numerous awards, including The Revelation Award (MECCA), Outstanding Direction (META) and Best Production (New York FRIGID Festival, Atlantic Fringe and Montréal Fringe). Paul was a participant of the Shaw Festival’s Neil Munro Directors Project and a National Forum Representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. His website is www.paulvandyck.ca.