MERRITT NOMINATION

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Theatre Nova Scotia’s Robert Merritt Awards have announced their annual nominations for the past year in theatre and I have been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role” for my part in Ships Company Theatre‘s DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER.

This is my second nomination for a Merritt award after 2011’s LOGAN & I.

The full list of nominees can be found @ merrittawards.ca/nominees/index.asp

Thank you to the cast and crew, who, quite literally, carried me through this production — I had my broken heel last May and was on crutches throughout the entire rehearsal process.

Save your “break a leg” jokes. I’ve heard them. All of them. Too many times.

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WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

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This Saturday (the 28th) at 2:00pm at the Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen Street), I’ll be taking part in one of the most fantastically strange projects I’ve had the pleasure of working on, WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT. Why so strange, you ask?

Imagine being 29 and unable to leave your country. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play. He turns his isolation to his advantage with a play that requires no director, no set, and a different actor for each performance.

You read that correctly, no director, no set, and when I perform, it will be the first time that I’ve even seen the script.

So yeah, I have absolutely no idea what to expect, so I hope you’ll come out on Saturday afternoon and hold my hand while I work through this terrifying experience.

Here’s the WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/522598131168302/

Side note: I don’t know all of the details behind Soleimanpour‘s conflicts with the Iranian government, but it seems like there are some similarities between his story and Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was the subject of the 2012 documentary, THIS IS NOT A FILM, which was made as a result the Iranian government banning Panahi from making films for twenty years. Here’s the trailer:

DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER

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I’ve spent the past month in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, helping bring one helluva theatrical beast to it’s feet. DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER is an adaptation of a novel (written by Bruce Graham) which tells the story of young Charlene Durant (played by Kristin Slaney) over the span of six years.

In the words of my Father, “I wouldn’t know a good play from a bad play, but I liked it.”

If you can’t take his word, Elissa Bernard from The Chronicle Herald called the play “gripping, & beautifully acted” (click here for full review), and Kate Watson from The Coast calls it “a theatrical journey you don’t want to miss” (click here for full review).

Myself and a bevy of incredible performers (Wally MacKinnonJohn DarttJenny Munday & Brian Heighton) round out the rest of the cast. The novel was adapted by Scott Burke and directed by Ron Jenkins.

If you make the trip to see the show, please stick around and say hello. DILIGENT RIVER DAUGHTER runs until July 28th. Visit ShipsCompany.com for more info.

Side note: It’s kind of eery how many similarities there are between the lead actress Kristin Slaney’s life and that of her character, Charlene Durant. Both dream of moving away from their Nova Scotian surroundings to pursue careers as a writer.

Oh! Look at that! An opportunity to mention Kristin’s crowd-funding campaign to raise funds so that she can attend Columbia University’s prestigious Playwrighting program! Please visit “Slaney Takes Manhattan” and throw whatever you can spare in her direction. She’s one of the good ones.

POEM POSTPONED


The bad news: POEM FOR THE SMALLEST BOY, which was slated to hit the Neptune Theatre Studio Stage on November 15th and 16th has been postponed.

The good news: ACCORDING TO PLAN, will go up in it’s place, featuring myself, Jessica Barry (who was also in POEM FOR THE SMALLEST BOY), Kristin Slaney (who wrote POEM), and Griffin McInnes.

The run down: Without boring you with the tedious he said, she said details, here is a coles notes version of what went down. Two of the members of our team, Sherry Smith and Mauralea Austin, are members of Equity (the theatre performer’s union), and in order to have them work on POEM, we had to go through Equity to engage them.

Unfortunately for us, Equity was, for reasons unknown, not prepared to offer us the concessions that they generally tend to offer to companies our size (see: small), and as a result of their unwillingness to engage in reasonable negotiations, two of their members are now out of work, and three young potential Equity members are now soured on the idea of joining their union.

To be clear, I am a proud, literally card-carrying member of ACTRA, the screen actors union, so this is in no way an anti-union declaration. However, in this specific case, the union failed everyone involved.

This is damn heartbreaking. Up until about a week ago, we still thought we would be premiering this beautiful script on the 15th of November. Instead, we’re pissed off, pulling up our socks, and determined to put on a great show for the city that we love. SO:

Come on out to the Neptune Studio Theatre on November 15th or 16th to see four short plays by Kristin Slaney featuring myself, Jessica Barry, Kristin Slaney and Griffin McInnes!

UPDATE – 11/9/12:  Facebook Event page:
http://www.facebook.com/events/413897062009013/

POEM FOR THE SMALLEST BOY


Very happy to announce that for the first time in five years, I’ll be returning to the Neptune Theatre stage for Kristin Slaney‘s POEM FOR THE SMALLEST BOY alongside Mauralea Austin and Jessica Barry.

For two nights only (November 15th & 16th at 7:00pm), POEM FOR THE SMALLEST BOY will be co-produced by Once Upon A Theatre Collective and Jeremy Webb‘s Off The Leash Productions and presented on the Neptune Theatre Studio Stage.

I am completely aware that I am incredibly biased on this matter, but this is a phenomenal script and I cannot wait to share this story with Halifax. When the time comes, I hope I’ll have done my job and bombarded you with enough links and propaganda to entice you into seeing this play.

I’ll have more information for you in the coming weeks.

Until then, why don’t you check out more of the artwork by Colleen MacIsaac? She supplied the painting above, and will be working on the poster for POEM. More of her work available @  http://littlefoible.net/

NEWS ROUNDUP


There you have it! Here (above) is the first still frame of myself as Gabe in Josh MacDonald‘s directorial debut, GAME, playing Saturday, September 15th as part of Atlantic Shorts 3! More screening info here.

Earlier this week, myself and Vanessa Walton-Bone, star of my short film ROOM SERVICE (playing the Atlantic Film Fest on the 18th), headed into the Haligonia studio to talk about our film…

Be sure to keep up to date with ROOM SERVICE on Facebook and Twitter as we should have some festival news to announce in the coming weeks.

Finally, The Atlantic Fringe Festival is currently upon us! I designed the poster for my dear friend, Kristin Slaney‘s BLUE MOONS & WAITING ROOMS (see below).

As of today, you still have four more opportunities to see the play and I highly, highly recommend that you do so.

One more bit of Fringe Fest fun: I’m performing as part of 7 DEADLY SINS: FROMMERS GUIDE TO HELL, written by Thom Fitzgerald. It’s an immersive, sight-specific theatre experiment where audience members encounter all of the seven sins, one by one. Tell ’em Greed sent ye’.

Click here for full Fringe schedule / info.

That’s all for now. My apologies for throwing a whole slew of info at you in one post, but this twenty minutes I’m taking to write this is just about the only “down time” I’ve had since returning to Halifax. I am blissfully exhausted. Onward!

NEW REPRESENTATION


What may seem like a small bit of housekeeping to most, is one hell of a great bit of news that I wish to share with you: I am now represented by Patrick Yang at Oldfield Talent Management Company in Toronto.

I really couldn’t be happier to sign on with Yang and Oldfield, given their excellent reputation, and am looking forward to many, many auditions courtesy of their assistance. Hoo-ray.

Stay tuned.

FYI, I’m still with the lovely folks at The Cassidy Group in Halifax.