How it was I came to eat – and like – haggis.

June 28, 2004 I found my second wind after the train ride from London last night, and went out walking — and discovered that, unlike in London, it’s very HARD to get lost in Edinburgh. Without my backpack, the walk from Bruntsfield to Princes Street takes no time at all, and I ran across severalContinue reading “How it was I came to eat – and like – haggis.”

Why period pieces are so difficult to write WELL…and how one film cracked it.

I was absurdly pleased when, this week, my director of Take a Bite redux, Amy DeFelice, e-mailed me some salient facts she’d unearthed in her research for her Fringe show this year, about Aphra Behn. Theatre/English Lit geekery! Amy directed the staged reading of my one-woman show that I’ve been intermittently trying to rewrite since…it’sContinue reading “Why period pieces are so difficult to write WELL…and how one film cracked it.”

IS writing hard?

I’m addicted to tea. I knew this, but it became very apparent the last couple of weeks when, with my neck and shoulders having solidified into one mass, and my massage therapist despairing of me, I decided to cut out caffeine entirely and drink water. Lots of water. Water’s good! I don’t need tea. Ha.Continue reading “IS writing hard?”

Great news on the Alberta theatre scene!

Absolutely, insanely good news this week on the theatre scene from Theatre Alberta and Alberta Playwrights Network. Bonkers, really. Just now, on CBC Radio Daybreak Alberta, the world met the winner of the Alberta Playwriting Competition’s grand prize, Katherine Koller. I’m especially giddy about this one because a scene from her winning play, Last ChanceContinue reading “Great news on the Alberta theatre scene!”

What news is REALLY made of…

What I said here about journalists? Here we are: Sasa and I are ok. In police custody but ok. Thanks for kind words. Will lose mobile phones very quickly so good night. — Derek Stoffel (@DerekStoffelCBC) June 12, 2013 Oh, and we may be having a tornado here in Edmonton: Tornado warning issued for EdmontonContinue reading “What news is REALLY made of…”

How I learned what apple juice is meant to look like, and fell in love with the UK

Monday, 21 June, 2004, 6:56 pm, YHA, Earl’s Court, London. So what happened to me today? After getting on the plane, finally realizing what I was doing, and popping one of Ron and Linda’s presents — Gravol — I tried and failed to sleep. Shortly before we landed I started talking to a just-married coupleContinue reading “How I learned what apple juice is meant to look like, and fell in love with the UK”

How DO you change the world?

It’s been a crappy couple of weeks in the world, what with this and this. But then it’s been a crappy few…years, in Syria and Bangladesh. This photo made the rounds on Twitter shortly after the bombing in Boston. Everyone agreed it was a beautiful thing to do. Like everyone on earth, I was gluedContinue reading “How DO you change the world?”

Take a Bite for yourself!

I have just had my Critter-nominated play Take a Bite listed on Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Ready to Stage site. $10 and it’s immediately yours. Have a look!