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David Oiye
(? - living) Canada

David Oiye

Artistic director


David Oiye is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University's film programme. While he has worked in film, most of Oiye's career has focused on the stage, as a director, playwright, and administrator.

Artistic Director of Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in Toronto since 1999, David Oiye has lived a precarious theatre existence for the past ten years, training first as a filmmaker at Ryerson Polytechnic before turning from the cutthroat world of networking into the more artist friendly world of theatre.

After several male-focused plays - including The Boys In The Band, Fortune And Men's Eyes and Tales Of The Parkside - director David Oiye shifts to a dyke work, Frank Marcus's 1965 The Killing Of Sister George. But maybe "dyke" isn't the rightword. In that pre-Stonewall era, even the word "lesbian" isn't used to describe the relationship between the two central figures. Theirs is very much the love that dares not speak its name, though their relationship is clearly butch/fem.

His play The Drag Queen That Time Forgot premiered in July 1998 at the Toronto Fringe Festival, and was remounted in March 1999 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.


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