Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rob Ford, Falstaff, and Another Misappropriation

Writer of Rob Ford musical says mayor 'very Shakespearean' by Victoria Ahearn

TORONTO — In creating an upcoming stage musical about scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, playwright Brett McCaig couldn’t help but think of a certain literary figure.

“Falstaff from Shakespeare,” McCaig said in a telephone interview. “He’s very Shakespearean or operatic. He’s our modern tragic hero — he rode in on his white horse, stallion, to save his village and then through his own weaknesses fell hard.”

McCaig will be looking to fill the shoes of such a character on Monday when he and his collaborators hold an open casting call for “Rob Ford The Musical: The Birth of a Ford Nation” at Toronto’s Second City Training Center. The show is set to run at Toronto’s Factory Theatre from Sept. 16 to Sept. 28, although McCaig said there’s a possibility of extending it.
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