If the content you are seeing is presented as unstyled HTML your browser is an older version that cannot support cascading style sheets. If you wish to upgrade your browser you may download Mozilla or Internet Explorer for Windows.

Cruel Tears

CTE photo
Cruel Tears, Persephone Theatre 1975 with John Wright and David Stein

Country and western opera in three acts by Ken Mitchell with music by the bluegrass group, Humphrey and the Dumptrucks. It premiered at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon by Persephone Theatre in 1975, directed by Brian Richmond, and featuring Winston Reckert, David Stein, John Wright, Anne and Janet Wright, and subsequently played across the country on national tour including at Centaur Theatre in 1977.

With utterly theatrical flights of imagination, this musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello enters the world of Saskatchewan truck drivers. The title derives from the line spoken by Othello, "I must weep, But they are cruel tears" (Act V).

In 1978 the work was a finalist for the Chalmers Award. The work was revived as part of the Globe Theatre's 1999/2000 season.

Commentary by Gaetan Charlebois

Last updated 2020-05-14