Bite-Size Plays is currently presenting my ten-minute comedy Never Give Up along with fourteen other plays as part of their very popular The Big Breakfast Show in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. [Read more…]
We’re only a few weeks away from the Uncensored, Unexpected, and Unforgettable Calgary Fringe and I’ve just finished making my list of want-to-see theatre which I’ve highlighted below. This year’s festival runs from Friday, August 3rd to Saturday, August 11th, mostly in Inglewood. I say mostly because three of the shows are at Lunchbox Theatre and you’ll need to allow some travel time if you’re going between Lunchbox and Inglewood.
If you’re a frequent fringer then plan on buying a Superpass. Superpasses offer substantial savings and come in packages of five, ten, or twenty. It’s a great way to see lots of shows or get a group of friends together and share the cost. You can buy individual tickets, superpasses and check out the complete fringe schedule at the Calgary Fringe Website. [Read more…]
“There’s an artistic epiphany in my play John Doe Jack Rabbit. There’s a moment where the TV’s broken and they’re stuck in this cabin and they’re on the lam and this one guy Gordy is reading a book – it’s this trashy horrible romance novel called Ravaged at Rush Hour. But then he gets so sucked into this book – as if he’s never read a book before – and he has this moment where he’s like, the person who wrote this book wrote it down so I would know what it feels like to be Jessica in the cab or whatever it was, right? And that was one of those things. That’s what playwriting is about. What art is about. This is what it’s like to feel like I feel, and I put it into this painting for you to grasp that concept, or I put it in this play for you to go – wow that’s what’s going on in your head.”
Neil Fleming is a multi-talented, award winning Calgary designer, playwright and television producer. In our hour and a half chat last Friday Neil and I talked about all kinds of things including playwriting, depression, Chuck Wendig, poltergeists and ADHD. The purpose of our getting together was to talk about Neil’s playwriting and specifically his current play, Spare Parts, which is being workshopped at the Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work at Lunchbox Theatre this week. [Read more…]
“All societies are based on codes of behaviour and when someone deviates from that code there has to be a way to handle the situation otherwise chaos would reign supreme, and we don’t want that now do we. We want everything nice and tidy. All the socks in the sock drawer and all the undies in the undie drawer.”
That’s a line from my play QUOTA. It’s what Dave Dixon gets told by Kathie, the Civic Census taker, after he gets flagged for corrective action.
I wrote QUOTA while I was doing a little research for another play about the internment camps that the Canadian government ran during World War One and World War Two.* It’s always bothered me that we were fighting dictatorships that put people in camps while we were doing the same thing. Of course our camps weren’t concentration camps but once you have a different set of laws and rules applied to one group in your society – how do you keep it from going to the extreme? [Read more…]
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Marty Fisher has doubts and fears about getting married and staying in Pine Ridge with his fiancée Tami Cooper and so he’s been focusing on directing the Pine Tree Players Production of A Christmas Carol instead of helping his fiancée plan their wedding. On opening night when his Uncle, who’s playing Scrooge, turns up drunk, half the cast gets food poisoning, and Marty gets caught kissing his stage manager Samantha both the production and Marty’s relationship with Tami are on thin ice. As the curtain rises and the show lurches forward Marty will do all he can to save his show while trying to salvage his relationship with Tami.
The entire action of the play takes place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Pine Ridge
Now, you might have figured out after reading my last blog, Mr. Trump Goes to Washington, that I like satire. Well you’d be right. In fact, I love satire. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb by Stanley Kubrick is one of my all time favourite films.
I first saw Dr. Strangelove at the movies with a full audience in the mid eighties when tensions between the US and Russia were spinning out of control. Unfortunately, the film has become all too relevant once again by recent world events and the rising tensions between Putin and and the US. Yes, there are serious films about Nuclear War like Fail Safe but they don’t have they same punch as Dr. Strangelove. Dr. Strangelove stays with you and manages to explore a serious topic while revealing the absurd nature of nationalism and this nuclear nightmare we live in.
Society is inside of man and man is inside society, and you cannot even create a truthfully drawn psychological entity on the stage until you understand his social relations and their power to make him what he is and to prevent him from being what he is not. The fish is in the water and the water is in the fish.
So, if you’re like me you were riveted to your television set last Tuesday night for the finalé of Mr. Trump Goes to Washington. Season One ended with the election and spoiler alert…if you haven’t watched it already don’t read on. I’m just warning you – Trump wins. [Read more…]