The Conchologist Opens Today!

The Conchologist Opens Today!

I’m excited to announce that THE CONCHOLOGIST: A DREAM OF EDGAR ALLEN POE, opens tonight! This has been a very challenging show to work on, with lots of physicality to explore and weirdly wonderful characters to develop!

We’ve been featured in the London Free Press, be sure to check it out!

On October 3, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found drunken and dishevelled on the streets of Baltimore. He entered into a three-day coma from which he never recovered, dying on Oct. 7. Rip’s play explores what went on in the famed writer’s mind while unconscious. According to Rip “the events and characters of his troubled life and times became the entirety of his perceived world.” He is visited by his dead wife Sissy, as well as a menagerie of personal symbols: a raven, a gold bug, a black cat, and an orangutan. Aside from being a master of macabre fiction, said Rip, Poe had a secret love of seashells.

The Conchologist Opens Today!

THE CONCHOLOGIST: A DREAM OF EDGAR ALLEN POE

A Play Written & Directed by Jason Rip
Assistant Directed by Kim Kaitell
Designed by Sue Parke
Original Music by Anne Moniz
Choreography by Melanie Stewart
Starring Chris Bancroft, Helen Hey, Franklin Davis, Marina Sheppard, Kerry Hishon, Rachel Haich, & Remi Kaitell

Tickets $20 (General Admission)
The ARTS Project – 203 Dundas Street, London ON

Wednesday October 21 at 8 pm
Thursday October 22 at 8 pm
Friday October 23 at 8 pm
Saturday October 24 at 2 pm (pay-what-you-can) and 8 pm

Tickets are available at The ARTS Project box office, by calling 519-642-2767 or online!  See you at the theatre!

Poster Art: Muckney Tipping
Photo Credit: Richard Gilmore

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Robin Hood, Teaching T.A.G., and a Drunken Orangutan… Oh My! (An Update)

Robin Hood, Teaching T.A.G., and a Drunken Orangutan... Oh My! (An Update)

There’s been a bit of radio silence around these parts, because it’s been insanely busy this month! I’ve got a whole bunch of projects going on all at once, so it’s been a bit of a balancing act, and I haven’t been posting much of anything here or on any social media! Life gets crazy sometimes (particularly mine) and trying to juggle a lot of projects at once can get a little stressful. But in the end, it’ll be worth it.

So… here’s a quick overview of what I’ve been up to.

This past weekend I started teaching our first-year program at OKTC, called “The Actor Grows” or T.A.G. for short. I have 61 students over four classes, and the kids are really great. They’re super enthusiastic and funny, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them better.

I’ve been working on some new games, which I hope to share on the blog very soon!

Robin Hood, Teaching T.A.G., and a Drunken Orangutan... Oh My! (An Update)

I’m currently in rehearsals for The Conchologist: A Dream of E.A. Poe, written and directed by Jason Rip. It’s playing at The ARTS Project from October 21-24… less than a month away! Eek! It’s a play about the last days of Edgar Allan Poe before he died, and I play the aforementioned drunken orangutan. It’s been a challenging and fun process, with a great cast, and some amazing original music by Anne Moniz.

It’s been interesting taking on the persona of an animal, particularly one I’ve never personally encountered (not even at a zoo, I’m pretty sure). You’ll have to come check it out to see how I do! Here’s the inspiration for my character, from Poe’s story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”

Robin Hood, Teaching T.A.G., and a Drunken Orangutan... Oh My! (An Update)

I’ve also started work on The Trials of Robin Hood, which goes up in December at the Palace Theatre. I’m the assistant fight director, as well as “Assistant to the Insanity” for this ridiculous production. We have a cast of 38 actors and this show truly is a silly, hilarious romp. It’s going to be a great time!

Robin Hood, Teaching T.A.G., and a Drunken Orangutan... Oh My! (An Update)

On top of all of that, I’ve got some projects coming up very soon that I can’t reveal yet… but trust me, as soon as I can share, I will!

This post is a bit haphazard and all over the place, but that’s kind of how my past few weeks have been. Once my schedule is a bit more settled (if that’s actually a thing), my posts will be a bit more regular! Work/life balance has never really been my strong suit!

Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

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From Women’s Eyes Redux

 

From Women's Eyes Redux

And with that, From Women’s Eyes is over. It has been a pleasure to work on this show with this wonderful cast of ladies (and our token dude, Sid!). We had some great houses and received lots of wonderful feedback!

We were featured in a lovely blog post by John McKenzie, “Choosing to be brilliant,” we were promoted in The London Free Press, and we received a great review from the Arts and Humanities Students Council of Western University. It’s great to receive all this feedback and promotion — thank you all!

Many thanks to Kaitlyn and Jennifer, our intrepid directors; the wonderful cast of ladies (April, Dinah, Aimee, Nicole, Norah, Kathryn and Deborah, as well as Kaitlyn and Jen doing double duty!); Sid, our amazing technician; our venue, The ARTS Project; and everyone who came out to see the show!

And, for fun, here’s the fight from the scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the lovely Kathryn Mitchell as Helena and yours truly as Hermia.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoOEYFcV4R0]

Photo Credit: Richard Gilmore

Throwback Thursday: From Women’s Eyes

Throwback Thursday: From Women's Eyes

Can it be that I haven’t posted a Throwback Thursday since March? Well, let’s get that train a-runnin’ again with this week’s throwback, which is still a fairly recent throwback to August 2014 and one of our first read-throughs for From Women’s Eyes. It’s pretty amazing to think how far we have come in two months. This has been a fun and challenging project to work on, and it opens TONIGHT! It only plays for three days (four performances) so if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?

From Women’s Eyes
Presented by Empty Space Productions

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.

-William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

During the wake after the passing of a dear friend, a group of women start to pack up her attic where they find memories of the lives they’ve shared. As they sift through the books, photos and debris, they relive,commemorate, grieve and above all, play.

Built from over twenty canonical pieces, From Women’s Eyes celebrates and explores the relationships women have with each other and the world around them through some of the best of Shakespeare’s female characters.

Directed by Jennifer Hale and Kaitlyn Rietdyk

Featuring: Aimee Adler, April Chappell, Norah Cuzzocrea, Jennifer Hale, Kerry Hishon, Deborah Mitchell, Kathryn Mitchell, Nicole Reid, Kaitlyn Rietdyk, Dinah Watts

Performing at The ARTS Project – 203 Dundas Street, London ON

Thursday October 16 at 8pm ($15)
Friday October 17 at 8pm ($15)
Saturday October 18 at 2pm ($12)
Saturday October 18 at 8pm ($15)

To purchase tickets by phone or in person:  The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street // 519-642-2767
To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-womens-eyes-tickets-13442620239

Photo Credit: Jennifer Hale

Official Art for From Women’s Eyes!

From Women's Eyes - Playing at The ARTS Project, October 16-18!

I’m excited to be able to share this amazing new banner for Empty Space Productions’ upcoming production of From Women’s Eyes, designed by Amanda VanDeven of VenDesigns. I’ve been working on this project since the beginning of September, and it’s been a great opportunity to work with some amazing London actresses and to play some roles I might not get to play otherwise!

From Women’s Eyes is only playing for three days, so I hope you’ll make it out to see the show! Details below!

From Women’s Eyes
Presented by Empty Space Productions

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.

-William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

During the wake after the passing of a dear friend, a group of women start to pack up her attic where they find memories of the lives they’ve shared. As they sift through the books, photos and debris, they relive,commemorate, grieve and above all, play.

Built from over twenty canonical pieces, From Women’s Eyes celebrates and explores the relationships women have with each other and the world around them through some of the best of Shakespeare’s female characters.

Directed by Jennifer Hale and Kaitlyn Rietdyk

Featuring: Aimee Adler, April Chappell, Norah Cuzzocrea, Jennifer Hale, Kerry Hishon, Deborah Mitchell, Kathryn Mitchell, Nicole Reid, Kaitlyn Rietdyk, Dinah Watts

Performing at The ARTS Project – 203 Dundas Street, London ON

Thursday October 16 at 8pm ($15)
Friday October 17 at 8pm ($15)
Saturday October 18 at 2pm ($12)
Saturday October 18 at 8pm ($15)

To purchase tickets by phone or in person:  The ARTS Project, 203 Dundas Street // 519-642-2767
To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-womens-eyes-tickets-13442620239

EDIT: October 11, 2014
Here’s the poster as well!

Official Art for From Women's Eyes!