Friday, January 21, 2011

From Robin Hood to ZOMBIE! to The Pillowman

Well! this is a procrastination entry...I have work to do...I'll get to that...

DYING CITY went extremely well. I was really happy with the response that we received from audience members as well as our peers. It's great when you get to choose who you get to work with and what you get to work on - it gives you ownership and makes you want to succeed even more. I put some photos up at if you want to check them out.

After closing, I had a couple weeks off before starting rehearsals for THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. It was a cast made up of nearly all Saskatchewan actors - which in a small theatre community is really nice - especially around Christmas. I really liked working with director Kevin McKendrick as well as fight director Adrian Young - a couple of Alberta fellows who were recruited know, tell us where to stand and to not kill each other with swords. Something that was really cool about this show was that I shot a real arrow from the audience into the Sherriff of Nottingham's throne every night. There was a bet placed that I would miss and put an arrow through the cyclorama - but I disapointed them by hitting the target every night...not to brag, but...

Robin Hood Closed on the 19th and the plan was to head out to Vancouver Island for Christmas - So, I was looking forward to a couple days of sleeping in and packing etc... BUT, things happen. Stephen Huszar of Hulo Productions ( for a video clip) gave me a shout to come audition for a short film called ZOMBIE! written and directed by Paul Kell. Um... got the part! So my relaxing and packing turned into a frantic, long-houred two-day shoot. 6 or 7 locations - interior and exterior - and if you've never been in Saskatchewan for winter, lemme tell you - you made sure that you nailed those outdoor scenes in as few takes as possible.

Now, what am I avoiding? I am sitting in an apartment downtown Vancouver working on my script for THE PILLOWMAN - which is probably in my top 5 favourite plays that I have read. It's about a writer in a totalitarian state who is being interogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders happening in his town. We've got a fantastic team. Stephen Drover, Ryan Beil, Ashley O'Connell, Mike Wasko, as well as a ton of talent behind the scenes. Check out for dates, bios, and more info. If you are in or around Vancouver, don't miss out on this!

I'm going back to work now!