Talking Point

…if a play were to run forever, could it properly be called theater anymore? Instead it would be an ossified strange thing, dangling half-way between live theater, a parade, and an amusement park ride. Think of the longest running plays…what happens to them…what do they become…restaurants and plays should not be open for longer than the half-life of a chef, because they are about living consumable items.

From Sarah Ruhl’s essay series on Device

A thorn between two roses

See what happens when you start a blog? I’m sitting a panel at the 2008 Making a Scene Conference today with two delightful Rebeccas; Bollwitt and Coleman, alphabetically. We’ll be discussing The New Face of Marketing: Facebook, text and the bloggers’ world. apparently.

MaS, for anyone who might not know, is our professional theatre community’s annual conference, now in its ninth year. Hosted by the GVPTA, it’s four days packed full of workshops and discussion of this art of ours You can read more info here.

Our panel is today at 1:30 in the upper lobby of the Arts Club Granville Island Stage. Please stop by if you’ve got the time. I’m in pretty good company.


Impromtu seat sale for The 21st Floor! Get ’em while they’re hot!

One night only seat sale for readers of The Next Stage!

For all my gentle readers: head down to the PAL Theatre (581 Cardero) tonight befor 8:00, say that you saw this post on The Next Stage, and get as many people into the play as you like for

1/2 Price! $9!

We at TNS love you, and we’d love to see you at the show. The rest of the run is filling up fast, act now!

Click the banner below for full production details…



Show time

I should be sleeping right now.

I have to get up soon and put together some cocktails and canapes for the grand opening of our very first original full-length work of theatrical experience tomorrow. That, and about 300 other tasks before we welcome the city into our microcosm of itself. We’ve written a play about Vancouver, it seems. Set right now, in this present. Not in New York in the 60s or in turn of the century Russia. We’ve written a play about our observations of life here, and our frustrations with it, and our wonder of it. It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever been a part of. It’s raw, it’s true, it’s very, very ballsy. I’m so very proud of this piece of art we’ve made, I’ve never seen anything like it. But I still can’t sleep. So instead I’m going to drink this glass of red wine and talk to you, and officially invite you to come and experience the work we’re doing. That is, those of you reading this who haven’t already been bombarded by my marketing. Sorry guys. I’m new at it and eager, what can I say.

We built an entire floor of a Coal Harbour condo tower, on the top floor of an actual Coal Harbour condo tower (which happens to be a brand new theatre built for a community of retired performers), so The 21st Floor and its audience actually overlook the neighbourhood its set in. How money is that?

11 Vancouverites. You know them all. You work with some of them, you pass by others on the street and don’t see them, or pretend you don’t. Some of them are you. One of them happens to be a blogger with a chip on his shoulder, he’s being enacted by Steve Park, that’s him at the top of the page in the header, in character as Craig John. To promote the play and to help him with character developement, Steve’s been writing Craig’s blog, Soggy City, for some time now, and actually engaging with real Vancouver bloggers online. You can read his vitriol here, if you’d like an advance peek into the world of our story. It’s an interesting take on blog marketing, and I think my attempt to start something viral. I’m surprised this cheeky video didn’t make it to youtube, actually. That’s Nadine by the way, she’s doing some of the best work in this piece that I’ve seen from her yet , and that’s saying something. Worth the price of admission alone, I daresay.

MInd you, I daresay that about the whole ever-lovin’ cast. Break legs, you guys.

As for me, I’ve learned an awful lot about the theatre in this city, at this time in history. Most importantly, I’ve learned a lot about selling it here. I’ve got a lot to talk about when this whole thing is over.

Maybe you should come see the show, just so you know know what I’ll be talking about. (*wink*)

Send me an email reservation at, say you saw it here on The Next Stage, and I’ll give you a discount, even.

Okay, I seriously have to go to bed. Right after I finish one last glass…


Oh great. The Westboro Douche is at it again

From publicist Christine Quintana’s Facebook announcement:

VANCOUVER, BC: The show will go on, vows Fighting Chance Productions Artistic Director Ryan Mooney in the wake of threats by American anti-gay hatemonger Fred Phelps that his Kansas-based group will protest the company’s production of The Laramie Project, running November 26 to December 6 at East Vancouver’s Havana Theatre.

The Laramie Project explores the aftermath of the tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose horrific 1998 murder became a symbol of the movement for gay rights in America. Central to the storyline is Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church protested Shepard’s funeral. Phelps’ group regularly garners headlines across the United States for demonstrations at the funerals of gay activists and soldiers. Mooney was shocked to learn late last week via Phelps’ web site that representatives from the Westboro Baptist Church intend to travel to Vancouver to protest the production.

In response to Phelps’ threats, Fighting Chance Productions is organizing an anti-hate rally for 5:00pm on Friday, November 28: the same date as Phelps’ protest. Further details will be released upon confirmation.