field notes.01 // A Man Walks Into a Bar

Happy New Year!

I look back on 2015 fondly; it was a formative year for a field of crowns. Seasonal Activities completed it’s first full-year of exploring intimate, multi-disciplinary performance. On&On&On was revived in a variety of incarnations, partnering with both TOES for Dance and the Night\Shift Placehacking Festival in Kitchener. An idea I was toying with found a home at the Etobicoke Lakeshore Culture Days under the name Myths of My Town, and I refined and retooled my performance of Under Hill & Harbour.

I look forward to 2016 with excitement; not only will Seasonal Activities be coming back for another full season, I’m rethinking myths while working on a few others too early to really talk about in any definition.

Oh, wait, I can talk about this one.

A couple years ago I had every intention of beginning a podcast. Listening to podcasts was part of my daily routine and I wanted to bring my enthusiasm for them to the Toronto live performance scene. I even bought a really good microphone. And played with it. A bit. And got scared by it. A lot. And, really, put it away. My enthusiasm, at that point, was then applied to a different, non-podcast, project: my dossier series of blog posts. I am proud of the dossiers, but at heart, I always wanted them to be podcasts.


Here we are. A couple years later and I am excited to announce the launch of


field notes.
episode 01 // A Man Walks Into a Bar
a conversation with Blue Bigwood-Mallin

Dec. 28th, 2015
Pauper’s Pub

Blue messaged me early in December, asking if I would interview him for the Next Stage production of Rachel Blair’s A Man Walks Into a Bar. I helped promote the show in the summer for Fringe, so the idea of continuing a relationship with this show was appealing. I had a day and an afternoon in Toronto between Christmas celebrations in Oshawa and leaving for Pennsylvania to spend New Years at Polymath Park. Luckily, our schedules matched.

Blue Bigwood-Mallin & myself

A Man Walks Into a Bar opens January 6th @ 7:45pm and runs until January 17th.
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#FringeTO show preview // A Man Walks into a Bar

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Rachel Blair and Blue Bigwood-Mallin

A Man Walks into a Bar

A new play by Rachel Blair
Directed by David Matheson

A woman, with the help of a man, tells a joke: A man walks into a bar and meets a waitress. As lines between the performers and the characters blur, a tense and funny standoff about gender, power, and selling sex emerges.

Director David Matheson is Professor of Acting at Sheridan/UTM and Artistic Director of Dora-nominated Wordsmyth Theatre.


Performer and playwright Rachel Blair won the Fringe New Play Contest in 2008 with her debut play Wake, which earned Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe.


Performer Blue Bigwood-Mallin is a Toronto-based actor and director, as well as, a founding member of Coyote Collective.

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