The Roxy theatre burned down yesterday.

My play Body Language was done there, during NextFest, in 2000.

It was directed by Amy DeFelice, who has since been nominated for five Sterling Awards, and directed Take a Bite for me.  In it were Aaron Talbot, who’s now the Communications Coordinator at Theatre Alberta.  And Shannon Blanchett, who’s in New York City this minute. And Adam Blocka, my stage manager for The Ugly Princess right now! People were posting about the loss of this theatre from New Brunswick, Montreal, and Australia.

I went to see what was left last night.  To see that it was real.

There was an elegant lady in smashing, long coat standing there, also looking at what was left.  She said she’d been a season-ticket-holder for years, and that she had a ticket for Cheerleader!the show that was meant to begin that night.  I told her I’d had a show done there once.

Before she left, she squeezed my arm and said “I’m so sorry.”

Bite back!

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