$10,000 to see a bunch of monkeys write?

Nah. The idea was to get a bunch of playwrights to lock themselves up and write for 24 hours, in the hope that others would show a little mercy and sponsor us to do so. All to support Alberta Playwrights Network, who would, in turn support those playwrights. The goal was a rather whopping $10,000,Continue reading “$10,000 to see a bunch of monkeys write?”

How to create an Ugly Princess in 24 hours (or less)

I will be writing a new play, The Ugly Princess, almost from scratch, in 24 hours for APN’s Writeathon on 23 November. I say “almost”, because I have two scenes. This post…is about making you want to see the whole thing. The story is linked – in my head, somehow – to this painting, nowContinue reading “How to create an Ugly Princess in 24 hours (or less)”

Oh my God…that WAS amazing.

Twitter has its uses. Oh yes. “Retweet this for your chance to win tickets to War Horse !” said VUE. The touring production at the Jubilee Auditorium. I re-tweeted it without a thought. And that evening after work (because I’m one of those people who puts her phone away during work hours), I got aContinue reading “Oh my God…that WAS amazing.”

Why I dislike being a “woman writer”.

Besides the fact that “woman” in this case is used as an adjective when it’s a NOUN. I HATE THAT. This post may seem like I’m looking the gift horse in the mouth, and I genuinely don’t know why this occurred to me today, but it has, so here we go: This morning, I receivedContinue reading “Why I dislike being a “woman writer”.”

More non-news on the thing I can’t talk about yet.

If I have any regular readers at all, this must look just weird. And anyone running across this will think, if I’m unlucky, “Oh look! A non-post. How deconstructionist!” What I’m referring to is THIS, and the news I can’t talk about yet IS: I have a date and a venue for a show, ifContinue reading “More non-news on the thing I can’t talk about yet.”

Two performances, and no more…

This past week, a very young Edmonton actor, Adam Cope, died. A memorial is being held for him on Tuesday. I first saw him play King Mark, the husband of Isolde, in a brand new production of Tristan and Isolde in March this year, at the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre. He was a fairlyContinue reading “Two performances, and no more…”

The day a dozen firemen rescued me!

Sort of. Once again, we can thank Twitter: Now they're coming back down Shaw, sirens off. Best false alarm ever? — Sharilyn Johnson (@thirdbeat) July 10, 2013 @thirdbeat I have a long story about how I got a dozen firemen to come to my office once. Great day. May have to blog it… — HeatherContinue reading “The day a dozen firemen rescued me!”

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?”

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…”