The Metaphor at the Top of the Stairs

To Live With Culture: A Guide to Toronto's Culture Scene interviews Tarragon Theatre director Weyni Mengesha about her production of Quebec playwright Carole Fréchette's play, "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs."

 The Cast of Tarragon Theatre's "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs" directed by Weyni Mengesha. Photo by  Cylla von Tiedemann.

The Cast of Tarragon Theatre's "The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs" directed by Weyni Mengesha. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

The play, by Quebec’s Carole Fréchette, is a bit “abstract” concedes director Weyni Mengesha, and it requires the audience to do a bit of mental heavy lifting. “I wanted to keep a balance between the literal and the visceral,” says Mengesha, who had to decide from the outset how much to reveal and how much to leave to the audience’s imagination.

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Tadias Magazine Interview

Tadias Magazine Interview by Aida Fikre

 Director and founding member of "Sound the Horn" Weyni Mengesha in Tadias Magazine

Director and founding member of "Sound the Horn" Weyni Mengesha in Tadias Magazine

A Canadian of Ethiopian descent, Weyni Mengesha is an accomplished director, actor, composer and a founding member of "Sound the Horn," the group that organizes the annual Selam Youth Festival. 

The event was initially developed to empower Ethiopian and Eritean youth across Canada through education in the arts to raise awareness about the growing number of HIV cases in both communities. 

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