Creative adventures have taken Diana Kolpak from performing liposuction on herself to being a prima ballerina to seeking fallen stars in frozen wastelands to fighting epic cream-pie battles. Clown makes all her dreams come true.
BLUE is an interactive solo musical about the highs and lows of love. Stylistically, it’s clown meets the Blues by way of 30’s Berlin cabaret with a little detour through Las Vegas. The first song is set. The rest of the songs (all original) are chosen by the audience, so the tone and narrative structure of each performance is different. Lounge singer Sally Siren serves as guide, interacting with the audience, introducing each song with minimal improvised dialogue, and singing either a cappella or while accompanying herself on a toy piano. It’s a wonderful ride for everyone.
Norm Reynolds is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. A hit at the inaugural Summerworks Festival (CBC Radio, NOW Magazine), Put Up Your Hand went on to be one of four scripts chosen for the WordWorks Festival at Solar Stage. Reynolds has published short fiction in the United States and Canada, and book reviews in the Canadian national press. He currently teaches English and Drama in Toronto.
My dad died in 2000. The following year, I ended a long-standing friendship (not romantic). It struck me that both experiences of loss physically felt the same. I had the good fortune to workshop my play idea with Edward Albee at the Humber School for Writers. Albee said: “That’s a really wonderful monologue. If you put it at the end, you might have something.” I did. After some reimagining, The Good-bye Play had its premiere at Theatre Aurora’s Playwrights of Spring Festival, and TheatreStarts.
As the promo for the play says, some relationships never die. Leo and Patricia have split. Patricia has come back for closure. Leo isn’t having any of it. A comedy about grievances, petty and great, and the difficulty of finally saying good-bye.
Zachary Murphy is a multi-disciplinary artist who seeks out the connection between text, movement and music. While originating as an actor, he has placed a strong focus on physical practices and has begun training in Butoh, Gaga, Suzuki Method, Viewpoints, Ballet, Authentic Movement and Contact Improv, among others. He is currently developing a show titled The Dark Lady: a Bacchanalian Coven, which will show in 2017.
Where is the connection between the philosophical ideology of “continuity” and movement/poetry?
Quietly compelling Aussie-Canadian singer-songwriter GINA HORSWOOD is a musical force to be reckoned with. Now based in Toronto, Horswood has travelled far and wide for her music, as a true modern troubadour. She’s recorded in Australia, where her debut Our Way, penned with her sister Melanie, was released in 2006 and boasted two Top 10 country singles down under. Her video for “Ordinary Girl,” from her sophomore album Crazy Brilliant Mess, reached the top 50 on Australia’s Country Music Channel charts. In Nashville, she gained the attention of renowned songwriter and producer Jim Reilley, recording The Nashville Sessions EP. Now in Muskoka, she’s recorded her third full length-album Porcelain with producer Andre Wahl (Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman).