More Austen for the quarantined
By Deborah Yaffe, Apr 13 2020 01:00PM
Just in case last Friday’s live-on-tape streaming version of a Pride and Prejudice musical hasn’t slaked your thirst for Austen adaptations, our friends across the (northern) border are offering another: One Man Pride and Prejudice, a theatrical performance that is, apparently, pretty much what it says in the title.
The man in question, actor Charles Stuart Ross, seems to specialize in one-man versions of pop culture classics: he’s done the One Man Star Wars, the One Man Lord of the Rings, the One Man Harry Potter. . . you get the idea. His Austen will stream on Facebook Live on Saturday night at 7 pm (Pacific).
According to Ross’ social media, his performance is part of #CanadaPerforms, an initiative by Facebook Canada and Canada’s National Arts Centre designed to keep artists afloat during the coronavirus shutdown of performance spaces. The $700,000 fund pays professional artists $1,000 for a performance live-streamed through the NAC Facebook page.
I can’t find Ross’ show listed on the #CanadaPerforms website, however, and his performance is live-streaming through his own Facebook page, rather than the NAC’s, so I suspect he may be an unofficial participant. Nevertheless, it sounds like a diverting way to spend a quarantined Saturday night.