I am so blessed to make a living doing what I love with fantastic people all around me. 2011 was no exception. I worked hard, and the hard work paid off. It was a year full of highlights, especially the world premiere of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades’ Re:Union by Sean Devine. It was the most challenging piece I have ever worked on in pretty much every way: technically, thematically, and working in a time crunch. But we did it. And we did it without compromising the artistic vision that made the show what it was. The video below gives a small hint at what we pulled off, magically, in 2.5 weeks of rehearsal.
If the video doesn’t display properly, please click here to watch it on vimeo.
In chronological order my year was as follows:
1. Stage Manager - The Pillowman - Wild Geese Equity Co-op
Ashley O'Connell, Mike Wasko & Aaron Hursh in The Pillowman. Photo by Michael Sider
2. Sound Technician - Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train - Glass City Theatre
Rob Olguin as Angel Cruz. Photo by Itai Erdal.
3. BYOV Coordinator & Onsite Facilitator – Vancouver International Fringe Festival
Photoshoot for Melissa Aston's Duck Off as part of the Onsite program. Photo by Lois Dawson.
4. Box Office Manager – Prodigals - 20-Something Theatre
Brandyn Eddy, Timothy Johnston & Jameson Parker in Prodigals. Image provided.
5. Sound Designer – The Verona Project - Stones Throw Productions
Susie Coodin as Juliet and Maryanne Renzetti as the Nurse. Photo provided.
6. Stage Manager – Homegrown - A staged reading in support of SummerWorks
If the video doesn’t work, you can watch it HERE.
7. Stage Manager – ReUnion - Horseshoes and Hand Grenades & Pacific Theatre
Evan Frayne in ReUnion. Photo by Emily Cooper.
8. Stage Manager – After Jerusalem – Solo Collective
For additional Year in Review posts see:
Andrew McNee and Deb Williams in After Jerusalem. Photo by Itai Erdal.
Shows I Saw.
In an article that came out in EQ (Equity Quarterly) yesterday, it says, “Dawson worries it “feels almost like [Canada’s] a bit behind in terms of where we’re moving with [social media],” and not just with blockbuster projects like Such Tweet Sorrow. She has watched shows live-streamed from Texas, Germany and Australia, but not from her own backyard.”
As of today, that information is no longer true.
Tonight at 7pm PST I am stage managing Vancouver’s contribution to the series of readings of Homegrown in support of Summerworks, and it’s going to be live streamed.
There are a lot of great article that can tell you about why these readings are happening (my favourite is J. Kelly Nestruck’s Globe and Mail article).
I’m thrilled to be a part of it for all of those reasons. But I’m also excited that we are embracing technology and sharing our art with the world at large. To watch our reading tonight, click on over to http://www.ustream.tv/chan?nel/wrecking-ball-vancouve?r
What: Homegrown, a play by Catharine Frid, in a staged reading to support the SummerWorks festival, followed by a Q&A with the audience
When: TODAY – Friday, July 15th 2011 7:00 pm, doors at 6:30pm
Where: Progress Lab, 1422 William St. Vancouver (Between Clark & Commercial)
For reservations, email email@example.com – Donations
accepted at the door
For more information, head over to http://thewreckingball.ca/. There you will find a complete list of press coverage as well as the locations of the other readings taking place across Canada.