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Current Status part 2

December 25th, 2013 No comments

Wow, another long time since my last post. Been going through some crazy personal stuff which for the most part has died down now.

HATCH did not go through, but I learned a lot about the submission process for curated theatre festivals, so that was really useful.

Three scripts went out, two came back with the big “REJECTED” stamp across them in my imagination. Third one I still have hopes for, as I really love the piece.

Not directing for New Ideas this year, because I did not know you could apply with a script AND apply to direct. I did do the cold reads for New Ideas this year. I don’t have a current headshot or the $$$ to get a new professional one done up. Guess I’ll do a selfie with a duck face.

No, just kidding.

Applying to InspiraTO to direct this year again if there are some scripts that grab me. Because let’s be frank, if you’re not getting paid to direct, then the script you work with had better excite you. Otherwise you’re just going to drag the whole production down with you.

That’s it for now. As part of the clean up of the personal mess of my life, I can n0w devote more time to creativity and happiness. So expect more blog posts on a regular basis.

Strange Bedfellows

May 30th, 2013 No comments

It’s been a fruitful rehearsal process.

My actors found me a delightful rehearsal spot (Creative Studios on Lansdowne), and worked their butts off in and out of rehearsal.

Vincent Jerad and Fortuna Kebede are the stars.

I do hope you’ll find time to see the plays at the InspiraTO Festival, and especially Strange Bedfellows, playing at the times below.

May 30th 9pm
June 1st 8 pm
June 6th 7 pm
June 8th 4 pm



March 4th, 2013 No comments

I am super eager to see this play I’m directing for the New Ideas Festival in front of an audience. Starring Anne-Marie Krytiuk and Nicholas Porteous.

The New Ideas Festival offers a way for playwrights to help develop their work. My show is in week 3, but why not see the whole 3 weeks for one low price? A lot of great plays to attend.

Script Reading Done!

January 29th, 2013 No comments

Such an amazing reading.

I want to thank Steve Jackson for producing it.

I want to thank my actors for their hard work before and courage during the read. And I’d like to thank everyone who came.

Monty: Cameron Dixon
Cedric: John C. Gazey
Dr. Cleeves: Mark Farmer
Annie: Emily Niedoba
Meg: Erynn Brook*
The Bloodstained Figure: Darkness
Clergyman: Mark Farmer
Mrs. Thomas: Carol McLennan

* Appearing with the permission of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association

First Script Reading Rehearsal

December 17th, 2012 No comments

Since I have a public script reading on January 28th, my actors convinced me we should do some rehearsals before that.

We met in a sumptuously appointed church basement room, and they went to work while I sat around and listened. Then I gave some minimal notes afterwards, and we parted ways with an agreement to meet once more in January before the actual read.

For some of you, this is preaching to the choir, but a group of talented actors make theatre projects much easier and end up better, and this is a very talented group of actors.

I am really looking forward to January 28th. More details to be published here closer to the date.

In Their Glory — Denouement

March 24th, 2012 No comments

Woo! What a roller coaster ride of a day, but I’m very pleased to say the script reading I directed of In Their Glory was worth all the roller coastering.

It was really well-received and all the cast did a superb job of bringing the playwright’s script to life. My stage manager and the lighting tech guy did an amazing job of making all my lighting cues work and keeping the tech rehearsal beforehand running so smoothly.

I’m just sad it was only one reading. This cast deserved more performances to get the pleasure of interacting with more audiences.

Now on to the next project, which can take one of two shapes. I will be very interested in either one.

In Their Glory — The Home Stretch

March 20th, 2012 No comments

This Saturday, 12 noon at Alumnae Theatre, the script reading I’ve been directing comes to life in front of an audience, hopefully including you.

In Their Glory. 12-1:30. PWYC.

In Their Glory — The Home Stretch

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Rehearsals for this are drawing to a close.

I’m always sad, as a director, to lose the chance to work with a group of talented actors and a wicked good script. But, having said that, once I see the movie in my head out there on stage, I’m satisfied to see it on opening night and then never watch it for the rest of the run.

Does that make me some kind of monster? Or just someone who would like to be handed a new project on the day after opening night?

In Their Glory, at the Alumnae Theatre March 24th, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., PWYC. And check out the rest of the festival, starting March 14th! A lot of great new works to see!

Directing — In Their Glory

March 6th, 2012 No comments

As part of the New Ideas Festival this year, I am directing a script reading on Saturday, March 24th at 12 p.m.

The play is called In Their Glory, and I have really enjoyed working with my talented cast and an amazing script. I am also looking forward on the day to meeting the playwright, who lives in New York City.

Please come out and see my play, as well as the other fine productions in the New Ideas Festival.

Are You a Great Director?

February 19th, 2012 No comments

Q: Are you a great director?
A: I’m pretty good for my experience level, yes.
Q: Are you a world class director?
A: Fuck off, critic.

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