Well it has been almost I year, I realize, since I’ve last posted. Wow. Last March. So crazy. It’s been a pretty amazing year. So much has happened. So much continues to happen. When last I wrote, I was about to head off to the Banff Centre to be one of the 6 actors available to workshop with participants of the Playwrights’ Colony. Well let me tell you all, people, it was the best time I’ve had in a long time. Now for those of you who don’t know what the Banff Centre is, it was created . . . I don’t know how many years ago – what am I, an archivist?- … but it was created as a haven for creative enterprise; for playwrights, actors, dancers, directors, writers, dramaturgs, etc. Artists of all kinds are brought there or can go there and work . . . in fact, get paid to work on their art in some cases. It’s amazing. So the Playwrights’ Colony happens for 2 weeks (well there are some satellite programs for playwrights as well but I will only deal with the version that I was a part of). And in those two weeks, a handful of playwrights are brought to the Banff Centre based on some example of the work they are working on. … [Continue reading]
It’s an interesting time right now, my sweets. What do you do with yourself when you are between the “knowing what you’re doing” ‘s? It’s an interesting time. I feel torn. There are things I want to say but I don’t think it’s time to say them. I will but it has to be later . . . . to protect the indigent . . . insolent . . . whatever…
But what I can say is, what a ride this is. Here I am, trying to discover what I’m doing next. And in the meantime, I’m playing around with everything. I’m learning how to sew – slowly. LOL I am taking some online courses of interest. I’m starting to do some writing. Actually, what has made me think of doing some writing has been the response to my blogs. So thank you to all of you who read and commented. I really like writing, I just don’t do it often.
In fact, that makes me think – I would love it if any or all of you who are reading this might consider jotting down to me what you like – if you like anything – about my blogs. I don’t mean that to stroke my ego. … [Continue reading]
Once again, it’s been so long since I wrote my blog. I always feel there is something I can’t say that I want to say so instead of talking about any of the other things I could say, I say nothing. Ummm . . . stupid. Okay that is a bit harsh, Thom. Let’s just say, . . dumb.
Aaaaanyway. It’s been an incredible year. OH MY GOD. I just peeked at my blog to see what the last thing was that was happening to me. We were in the middle of the run of Peter Pan in June. That literally feels like it was years ago. It’s been a funny year of piggybacking. On the day of our ﬁrst performance of Elegies, I was offered Peter Pan. Then a week before the end of the ﬁrst leg of Peter Pan in June, I got a call to ﬁll in for the role of Javert in Les Miserables for Drayton. Then the day before we closed Les Miserable in Drayton and I was about about to go back to the second leg of the run for Peter Pan, I got some other news.
So whoever is reading this blog, (and since I may post this link to Facebook and Twitter, that could be .… [Continue reading]
Interesting times, my people. I’m here in Penetanguishene in the middle of our run of Peter Pan. It’s been a great and incredibly exhausting experience. A great cast and great director/choreographer, David Connolly. Who, incidentally, will be choreographing the upcoming Broadway premiere of First Wives Club in 2015. He’s great. We only had two weeks but what he did in those two weeks was astonishing. A cast of 14 (including the boys playing Michael and John Darling) plus two groups of 18 kids that play a multitudes of roles and alternate shows. Lots to gather but he did an amazing job. Fantastic Stage Management team and super musical director, Michael Barber, as well as a sweet, fun stage crew. It’s been a hoot. But my God, I didn’t think I’d be expending this much energy as Captain Hook. The sweat is streaming down my face and I’m drenched after the first scene as Hook.
The good news is the audience is loving it and we’re a hit.
I just posted this on Facebook based on an article I just read, but I thought it also warranted a blog. So here it is:
I don’t understand, people of Toronto who are voting for and/or support Rob Ford. You can’t tell me that what this man seems to represent – racism, intolerance, bullying, alcohol abuse, drug abuse – certainly in the eyes of the world, is worth whatever good you think he’s doing for you.
Is it really just money you care about? What he’s “saving” you? Is that really good enough for you? Ladies, his blatent sexism is really okay with you? Shame on any gay people who are in his corner – then you deserve whatever shame he brings you. People of any ethnicity – you can’t really be putting your trust in this man and have any self respect.
If you don’t like any of the other candidates, then let’s demand better candidates. Let’s demand that our politicians step up. Let’s let them know we aren’t willing to settle for the disrespect and horror that’s been crammed down our throats, as is being represented by our mayor’s behaviour, which is being revealed to us again and again.… [Continue reading]