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    Actress Leslie Hope returns to the theatre with Liv Stein

    Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:00

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to Canadian actress and director Leslie Hope about her onscreen career, her transition back into the theatre, and why Canadian Stage’s ‘Liv Stein’ was the perfect challenge.

    Leslie Hope has been a fixture of film and television for the last 30 years, including roles in Star Trek, The Strain, Suits, Law and Order, Blue Bloods and NCIS. One of her breakout roles was portraying Teri Bauer opposite Kiefer Sutherland on the Fox counter terrorism thriller, 24.

    Leslie’s story begins in Halifax where she was born, but her military family was always on the move. She called Victoria BC home in her teens and landed her first film role; her television appearances started shortly after that, eventually making her home in Los Angeles. In her mid 20s she created the theatre company The Wilton Project to help her further her craft, but ended the endeavor to take on the dozens of roles that fill her impressive CV today.

    After over 20 years of solid onscreen acting and directing work, Leslie was invited to join the Canadian Stage production of ‘Liv Stein’.

    The award winning script was written by talented playwright Nino Haratischwili, and is directed by Canadian Stage Artistic Director Matthew Jocelyn.

    In the play Leslie Hope is Liv Stein, a wildly successful concert pianist who has given up her classical career due to the passing of her teenage son, Henri. Her ex-husband is a attempting to put her back on the stage, but his ego, drinking, eccentricities and young ingénue wife are in the way. Liv has all but given up when a curious piano student enters her life. She claims to have been in a relationship with Henri at boarding school and offers a trade of insight and information for piano lessons. The ensemble gives a moody performance that works with big themes of love, truth and happiness. Matthew Jocelyn has once again taken risks with his casting and production design, and that ambience gives Liv Stein a truly original sheen.

    Leslie Hope spoke to Mark Wigmore in the JAZZ.FM91 studios.

    Liv Stein continues at the Bluma Appel Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre through Sunday February 12th. Visit CanadianStage.com for tickets and timing.

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm.

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