Performance: Long Doorway – Fight Directing

This newly commissioned work takes as its starting point a 1956 CBC teledrama On Trial The Long Doorway by Canadian screenwriter Stanley Mann. The teledrama tells the story of a rising Black legal aide lawyer who is assigned to represent a young white student who has assaulted a fellow student/rising Black athlete, playing out in locations across Toronto such as the Don Jail,

Long Doorway

the Court House and Roncesvalles. Bowen is interested in the screenplay as the piece is a rare dramatic work that deals with Black/white race relations in Toronto and in Canada, and the live to broadcast production featured her great uncle Herman Risby in a supporting role. Broadcast from the CBC’s Toronto studios, there are no archived recordings of the teledrama; the script was found at Queen’s University while set drawings by CBC Art Director Nikolai Soloviov are housed in archives in Ottawa.

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