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Six Excellent Eda Holmes Plays

iPhoto caption: Jeff Lillico and Jay Turvey (Shaw Festival, 2004)
/ Jul 14, 2016

Eda Holmes has a ton of excellent shows under her belt in her distinguished career as a director. As associate director of the Shaw Festival, she’s directed two shows this season: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, by Shaw himself, and Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. 

But her career is diverse and vibrant outside of the Shaw Festival, too. She’s directed a large number of plays in Toronto, and won the 2015 Dora Award for Tom at the Farm. Eda often draws on her background as a dancer in her approach to her work, as she explains to Catherine Kustanczy in this month’s Spotlight feature.

Here are six of Eda Holmes’ most memorable plays.


Trout Stanley

Michelle Giroux and Gord Rand (Factory Theatre, 2005)

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

Tom at the Farm

Christine Horne and Jeff Lillico (Buddies in Bad Times, 2015)

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

Floyd Collins

Jeff Lillico and Jay Turvey (Shaw Festival, 2004)

Photo by David Cooper

Little Mercy's First Murder

Tony Nappo, Melody Johnson, Neil Barclay, Jeff Lillico, and Jane Johanson (Tarragon Theatre, 2003)

Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Gray Powell, Kelli Fox, Steven Sutcliffe, and Jim Mezon (Shaw Festival, 2015)

Photo by David Cooper

Music for Contortionist

Nora McLellan and Jinny J. Jacinto (Tarragon Theatre, 2000)

Photo courtesy of Tarragon Theatre


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