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]
Well, Elegies finished yesterday afternoon. It was beautifully attended by many from the theatre community and I have to say, the love that came us really made us feel like it IS a community. So warm, and they were really listening and going on the journey with us. Elegies has really been an incredible experience a second time around. There were moments of great joy as well as deep frustration for me but what an interesting time observing the audience and how they “felt” us. Literally every show was a different adventure in how they would hear it. A real test of an artist’s ability to be simple and present and be in the moment with commitment because there were definitely moments that could have thrown one off.
But as for a cast . . . . I could not have been more blessed. So wonderful and loving and open and fun and dedicated. I love every one of the people I got to play with every show – including our amazing pianist John Hughes and our fantastic stage manager Lisa Humber. I wouldn’t take that time back for anything. But a break will be nice now.
Then last night, I went to the launch of Micah Barnes new single, New York Story at Jazz Bistro.… [Continue reading]
The immortal question. I want some answers soon. I know I need something new but what. Well in the immediate future, I’ll be going to the launch of Lilly Barnes’ new amazing book of poetry on April 30, 2014. Which I’m very excited about. I have to say a little bit about the newest addition to my life. Lilly Barnes is truly one of the most incredible human beings I’ve ever met. At an age where most people are slowing down, she is so full of curiosity and creativity. She was the head writer for Mister Dress-Up for the entire run of the show. She was a freelance documentary producer and interviewer, a writer of children’s books and short stories, a novelist (I met her for the first time at the launch of her novel, Mara), and now a published poet. I’m sort of in awe. But I have rarely met someone so accomplished who has such love of human life and experience – in all it’s good, bad and in between. She observes mankind and translates it into emotional works of art. I’ve spent many hours in her company where I can’t believe she is talking to me because she’s so extraordinary. … [Continue reading]
Hmmm as I wrote the above title, I accidentally wrote “A NEW EAR” first and it made me think, “actually that is not inappropriate”. I’m in New York, ready to start a new experience. Well, many new experiences. And I like the idea of a new ear, a new way to hear things, a better way of picking up signals. Like an ear in music. Hearing the natural way a melody should go. I want to “hear” what the universe is actually telling me. I feel a bit like I’ve been living the life beside my life for the last 32 years (how long I’ve been acting – in case anyone thought I was trying to pretend I’m 32). I’ve had an amazing career. Truly exciting and thrilling and filled with opportunities. But I’ve always felt like I’ve been on a parallel path with my real life and its like the real life is on the other side of a very thin wall of rice paper – I can see the shadows, glimmers of the light but I don’t quite know what I’m looking at.
Well I feel so much closer to knowing now. And being here in New York, I want some new adventures. … [Continue reading]