August 4, 2016
The Fall of Andrew Allen - by Eric Koch
Featuring Barbara Budd
This is a work of fiction about the real Andrew Allen, former head of radio drama during the golden age of radio from 1943 to 1955. He oversaw the work of some of the finest talents of the day - writers and actors such as Lister Sinclair, Mavor Moore, W.O. Mitchell, Jane Mallett, John Drainie, Barry Morse, Christopher Plummer, James Doohan, and many others.
Eric Koch - Writer
Eric Koch who was born in Frankfurt in 1919, lives in Toronto. His grandfather was a court jeweler and his father was an officer in the German army in WWI. Eric was deported to Canada, interned as an enemy alien during WWII. On his release, he remained in Canada, making his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He also is the author of 14 works of fiction and five works of non-fiction.
Barbara Budd - Actor
As Co Host of AS It Happens for 17 years, Barbara Budd's voice became familiar to listeners around the world, hearing her on CBC Radio, on over 90 stations of American Public Radio,and on Sirius Satellite. Before she took her place behind the mic, she was an accomplished actor appearing in major theatres across Canada. For five seasons at the Stratford Festival she played leading roles in a total of 23 productions in the company of Dame Maggie Smith, Brian Bedford, Peter Ustinov , William Hutt and Jessica Tandy.
She has appeared numerous times as host and narrator with the major symphony orchestras of Canada. (Toronto, Montreal, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and The Niagara Symphony. And is featured on 4 award-winning cd's on the Classical Kids Label.
For 8 years at Roy Thomson Hall -and then at Harbourfront Centre she hosted monthly family concerts for Jeunesse Musicale. She has appeared with Ben Heppner, Sylvia Tyson, innovative percussionist Bev Johnston and two- time Tony Award Winner Len Cariou as part of Stratford Summer Music.
At the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto Barbara hosted huge open-air Cultural events on the Nathan Phillips Square and The Distillery District stages and she is a frequent host and MC of Corporate Events, Fundraisers, and conferences. (e.g. Canadian Liver Foundation,International Conference of Opera Producers, American Psychologists Association, Pollution Probe, LEAF, TTC, York University, Water For Africa @Massey Hall.