Event Details

Firehall Arts Centre presents Hirsch

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Saturday, March 01, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Address: 280 Cordova St East, Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3
  • Phone: 604-257-5145
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Photo credit:

Photo of Alon Nasman by Cylla von Tiedmeman

Vancouver Premiere

Hirsch, created and conceived by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson, is a quirky, engaging biographical study of the life of the Hungarian-born director John Hirsch, orphaned in the Holocaust at age 13 who found sanctuary in Winnipeg and went on to become a significant figure in Canadian theatre until his death in 1989. 

Co-presented with Touchstone Theatre and Firehall Arts Centre, Hirsch premiered at the 2012 Stratford Shakespeare Festival and had a highly successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show refracts Hirsch's life through the prism of the stage productions which made him famous and which held particular personal significance for him.

"But an interest in the workings of theater - and the often unbridled passions of the men and women who work backstage to bring it to life - is all that is really required to enjoy Mr. Nashman and Mr. Thompson's tribute to an artist whose work they revere, and a man whose demons they depict with clear eyes but sympathetic hearts." The New York Times

"Hugely Compelling...don't miss!" - Chicago Tribune

 "a beautifully-written look at the life of one man, brought to life by Nashman's thrilling performance." Spoonfed London ★★★★★

" a trail blazing artist...spellbindinglyplayed by Alon Nashman." - playbill.com

Feb. 25 to March 1
Tuesday- Friday: 8:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm & 9:00pm
*Wednesday: additional 1pm matinee
Firehall Arts Centre
280 East Cordova St.


Online: chutzpahfestival.com

Phone: Chutzpah! Box Office 604.257.5145



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