John Hirsch arrived in Winnipeg in 1947, a 17-year-old Hungarian orphan of the Holocaust, kwing English. Ten years later, he co-founded the Manitoba Theatre Centre, establishing a model for regional theatres across North America. This comprehensive biography traces Hirsch's life, from his difficult childhood to his eventual professional success, as he went on to direct award-winning productions in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto -- from Guys & Dolls to The Tempest -- and work with actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Maggie Smith. Revealing why Hirsch was torious for his fiery temper and budget-blowing sets, the book details his stormy four years as CBC's head of TV drama in the 1970s and his even more volatile tenure as artistic director at the Stratford Festival from 1981 to 1985.
Fraidie Martz is a psychiatric social worker and the author of Open Your Hearts. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew Wilson is a writer, a translator, and an editor who worked with Fraidie Martz on Open Your Hearts.