Photos from #Chile : History, Memory, Facts

I learned the facts about the dictatorship of Chile in school. I was born exactly a year after the coup making Augusto Pinochet president of Chile, and his junta the government. The dictatorship only ended when I was 15, in grade 10. I spent my first month in Santiago simply wandering around, getting used toContinue reading “Photos from #Chile : History, Memory, Facts”

VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 3 – media

Quebec City mosque shooting victims include businessman, professor and fathers of young children 6 men were shot in the back as they gathered for evening prayer, mosque’s vice-president says FIRST. Now. I wanted to know who did it. I was so anxious to know I was on Twitter all day. Which, we should know, isContinue reading “VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 3 – media”

Best friends: A very small note for Andrew Ridgeley and Mark Hamill.

My mom died when I was fourteen.  Remember that for later. When I was 17, I knew a guy at my Roman-Catholic high school named Jason. He was tall, nice-looking, and the prototypical life of the party. He died of a massive heart attack when we were in grade 12. He’d had a congenital heartContinue reading “Best friends: A very small note for Andrew Ridgeley and Mark Hamill.”

Today, I’m out of love with #playwriting. It’s like a bad day in a long term #relationship.

I realised something this morning, on a sunny day in the south of France. It’s a bit of a whinge. But it’s also a bit scary for me, and makes me sad. I just sent off an application for a playwriting venture. One should keep track of how many competitions, initiatives, etc, one enters…but I’ve givenContinue reading “Today, I’m out of love with #playwriting. It’s like a bad day in a long term #relationship.”

Photos of #France: first impressions of #Nice

Seen from the sky, unspeakably beautiful. Puffs of white cloud floating over green mountains, blue water and red roofs. The airport’s very basic – the thought seems to be “you came for the beach, not the airport,” which is true. I couldn’t find the train into town, but the sweetest woman at a bus stop toldContinue reading “Photos of #France: first impressions of #Nice”

“Someone’s going to blow that place up soon.”

Said to me, in 2004, by a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. It was a few days before I flew to London, England, United Kingdom.  I answered him, “That’s why I have to go see it now.”  I got to see Big Ben, and Southbank, and the Inns of Chancery.  The next year, LondonContinue reading ““Someone’s going to blow that place up soon.””

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 AdamContinue reading “The Roxy theatre burned down yesterday.”

This blog is not a diary.

My grandmother, whom I previously mentioned here, passed away three weeks ago. I have tried, as much as possible, to maintain this web presence as my public/Writer face. I established this blog and website to discuss theatre, and plug my own work.  WORK, which indeed involves me.  It’s not a place to very publicly whinge about myContinue reading “This blog is not a diary.”

The reason I walked out of a show? Endometriosis.

Brigitte: Are you sure it’s just cramps? Ginger: Just so you know…the words “just” and “cramps,” they don’t go together. From the film Ginger Snaps This is something I had never, NEVER, done before. I have a condition called endometriosis. (WARNING – description of female biology coming!) Basically, the stuff that comes out during aContinue reading “The reason I walked out of a show? Endometriosis.”