7:30 pm, Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Holy Trinity Church, 10037 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G6
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.”
I’ve already tweeted this, but it’s very, very important you go see this show. Jason Chinn is one of my favourite playwrights – not just “local” or someone I know, but one of my favourite writers PERIOD. I’m gleeful when I hear he’s done something new and I can see it. This show has already been done in Toronto, and now it’s at Theatre Network here in Edmonton.
It’s important people see it – not just because it’s good – but it’s so utterly different, and brain-busting, from what anyone else here is doing. So if you genuinely love “envelope-pushing” theatre…and I can only assume if you’re reading this you do…see this show.
(The one thing I wish, WISH, I could do as well as Jason is titles. Murderers Confess at Christmastime?? And his last play was called Ladies Who Lynch. I need to hire him to give my plays titles that’ll make audiences do a double-take like his do.
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 fairly big, imposing guy, with ginger hair, and when he discovered Isolde was cheating on him–he got mad. Towards the end, when Isolde told Mark she had to leave to find Tristan, he had a great line: “Tristan? Tristan-who-almost-ruined-our-marriage-THAT Tristan?” The whole show was very good. And I remember thinking then “Wow. He’s really good.”
Just last month, I saw him again in Punctuate! Theatre’s clown show, Vice Re-Versa.
— Heather Morrow (@theatrejunkiehm) June 17, 2013
And that’s it. I can’t presume to say I knew him. I only saw him onstage twice, he was terrific, and I’ll never get to see him be terrific again. So, so sad.