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Hannah & George at the Ottawa Fringe – Afterglow

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

I may not be in Theatre School anymore, but boyoboy am I getting an education these days. Want to learn about theatre? Try self-producing an original show at the Ottawa Fringe (or whatever city you choose) and strap yourself in.

The flower...pic by Kathyrn 'photography mouse' Reeves

The Flower, where it all began…pic by Kathyrn ‘photography mouse’ Reeves

Of course, the show I was a part of, Hannah & George, got its start in the Ottawa Theatre School, when I created a silent 5-minute piece called The Flower for presentation there. A fun little bit about a lonely loser trying to ask his local barista out on a date, the character later inspired me to create the idea for Faster Than the Speed of Dating, a 20-minute show that premiered at the Fresh Meat Festival in 2014. For that one I teamed up with co-star Madeleine Hall and director Jodi Morden, both OTS alum and amazing creators. The show went over well, and after I impulsively entered into the Ottawa Fringe lottery, and got in right off the bat..! The idea for Hannah & George was born, expanding on my original character George Q.Simpleman from the Flower, and Madeleine’s fairy character Hannah Glorianna from Dating (ironically, a character we almost cut from the show at one point). We all returned for the show, adding multipurpose SM Rebecca Laviolette to the fold, and got to work.

Faster than the Speed of Dating, Fresh Meat 2014!

Faster than the Speed of Dating, Fresh Meat 2014!

Production meetings started regularly in January 2015, tho on-our-feet rehearsals would have to wait until April, as Mad, Rebecca and I were all hip-deep in Chamber Theatre’s The Hairy Ape until then. My trips to Value Village and various Dollar Stores for potential props became more and more frequent, and to this day I have bags full of weird junk that was cut from the show as the ‘script’ for our mostly wordless production morphed and tweaked. Cory Thibert was tapped for a chilly promo photoshoot. I picked up a sweet microphone to do voiceover recordings for the soundtrack, a nice investment for future productions. A clunky dresser I was weeks away from throwing out got a second lease on life as our set backdrop and Umbrella-Holder…a bit of a tough sell to my cast and crew at first, but worth it in the end. Our rehearsals took us between my apartment and Rebecca’s, as well as the basement of the Glebe Clocktower Brewpub, to whom I am still most grateful. Posters got designed and printed from Loudmouth Printing, with amazing artwork from Trevor Laforce. A MAJOR sea-change in the nature of the show was introduced with barely a month to go before opening. Palms got sweaty. I contemplate hiring an actor to replace myself in the show during a low moment (happily rebounded the next day). More trips to the dollar store. Last-minute table purchase to replace the crappy one we’d been using at my place. 24 hours before preview night and we hardly had any idea what we were going to do. Tech rehearsal and move-in at Studio Leonard-Beaulne was…an adventure (but major thanks to Andrew Palangio, our tech and now retroactively official lightning designer). Fringe opens. OPENING NIGHT!!!

Poster artwork for Hannah & George by the incomparable TREVOR LAFORCE!

Poster artwork for Hannah & George by the incomparable TREVOR LAFORCE!

We opened on Friday June 19th at 8pm to an audience of 42 people, and I won’t lie, we felt rough. First time running the show in the space, and our exits and entrances (so many!) were a little fumbly. A few tech bobbles thrown in for good measure, and we were all kicking ourselves for an evening, even though the crowd seemed pleased enough. By second night we found our footing, and good thing, as Jodi couldn’t be there in the booth for that one! Thank Heavens for Matt Hertendy, who stepped in from SM’ing Magical Mystery Detour and called the show with Andrew like a boss. Finally, we felt good.

photo by Cory Thibert

photo by Cory Thibert

By the third show were were firing nicely, hitting marks and nailing transitions (even if I started what would be a recurring fuckup involving my flower prop) and just having some fun with this very fun show. We finished off the second week of shows with mid-range houses, keeping crowds at 20 or over…modest, but always engaged and appreciative. Some incredible people who I’ve admired for years showed up to see H&G, and seemed to really love it. I can happily cross ‘Gemma Wilcox seeing me perform‘ off my bucket list. We got great word of mouth buzz, some terrific reviews, made new friends, and the show closed much better than it opened. We are proud. I am proud.

photo by Andrew Alexander

photo by Andrew Alexander

Hannah & George wasn’t one of the big hits at Fringe 2015, but it sure wasn’t a flop, neither. We got good houses, and we left them smiling, and I’m calling that a big win. I can’t express the love I have for Madeleine, Jodi and Rebecca, without whom I am nothing. To our audiences, every single one of you, thank you so, so much for coming out to our little clown show that we TOTALLY did not flyer for. We appreciate you finding us and making time in your busy Fringe schedule to check us out. Thanks to our many tireless volunteers who kept those tickets tearing. Thanks to Andrew Alexander for some last-minute on-set photography halfway through our run, after a scheduling mixup earlier on. Thanks again to Trevor Laforce, Cory Thibert, Andrew Palangio, Matt Hertendy for their part in our tale. Thanks to everyone I’m forgetting to thank.

Closing night onstage group selfie!

Closing night onstage group selfie!

Hannah & George has been an incredible experience…and soon we’ll sit down together and drink and chat, and decide if there’s anything more to come from these two clowning lovebirds. Any thoughts from you, internet? Would love to hear what you in the audience thought…and if WordPress is being problematic for comments, feel free to drop a line on the Visitorium or Strange Visitations Facebook pages after I post this link there. I could certainly use the feedback to help keep the post-Fringe ennui at bay for a few more days! Thanks again, everyone…it’s been magic. Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (Winston is still at his posh hotel, but sends mildly indifferent vibes your way)

Fringe afterparty pic by Andrew Alexander

Fringe afterparty pic by Andrew Alexander

On to the next adventure!

On to the next adventure!

Ottawa FRINGE-COMA 2015 – Afterglow

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2015 at 8:42 pm

It’s past 6pm and instead of prepping for a performance, actually performing, or sitting in a theatre watching a show, I’m just sitting in a regular bar and writing on my laptop like some regular noodnik. The worst has happened…Fringe is over.

This was a breakneck 12 days (counting preview night), and even more so, a crazy two months extending back to the start of rehearsals for Hannah & George, the original show starring myself and Madeleine Hall (and Rebecca Laviolette…directed by Jodi Morden) that just wrapped its inaugural 6-show run at Studio Leonard -Beaulne, at the 19th annual Ottawa Fringe Festival. Aside from 6 performances and a preview, I also was the guest-star on opening night of Crush Improv, and did a brief sting reading erotic fanfiction at the club one evening. In between I somehow managed to squeeze in a modest 31-show viewing total. Not my best, to be sure, but I hope it passes muster. Here’s the alphabetical list for this year:

the Adventures of Red Rascal
Bursting into Flames
Celebrity Exception
Crushed
Die Roten Punkte: Best Band in the World
Eft-Up: Just Like You
Free Beer Party (of Canada)
Heart Puppetations
Hootenanny!
Inescapable
The Inventor of All Things
I Think my Boyfriend Should Have an Accent
Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills
Junior Sleuths
Keith Brown: Exchange
Magical Mystery Detour
Mars
the Orchid and the Crow
Pachiv!
The Secret Life of Emily/Frances
Sh!t: I’m in Love With You Again
the Sink
Spotlight On…
This Prison or: He Came Through the Floor
Threads
Three Men in a Boat
Uncouth
the Untitled Sam Mullins Project
Whose Aemelia?
Working Title Undecided
Zach Zultana: Space Gigolo

Obviously I missed plenty of shows (Elephant Girls is notably absent from my list…is it my fault Margo MacDonald is such a sellout?? That’s a joke), and I’ll be kicking myself about most of them for a while now. But of the shows I did see, I was ridiculously pleased with how great they all were.  The quality was high across the board this year…I mean, I always think it is but WOW…no wonder the Fringe recorded a record 40 sold out shows, plus over 100 grand in payout to artists!  All rockin’ good news.  Here are a few of my personal fav’rits from the Fringe 2015 lineup:

Working Title: Undecided.  Pic by Hani Yassine.

Working Title: Undecided. Pic by Hani Yassine.

Working Title: Undecided, starring the infinitely likeable (and just as talented) Tamlynn Bryson.  A show that came from outta nowhere, but we should all be following Tamlynn, who walked away with a well deserved Emerging Artist Fringe award for her efforts, very closely from now on.

Hootenanny!! pic by Cory Thibert

Hootenanny! pic by Cory Thibert

Hootenanny! Starring crazy amazing comic duo Kate Smith and Will Somers as a pair of Aussie children’s entertainers on their final tour and last few nerves, this was a laugh-out-loud comedy with terrific songs, great chemistry, and an honestly gut-wrenching core concealed within its considerable heart.

Magical Mystery Detour w/Gemma Wilcox

Magical Mystery Detour w/Gemma Wilcox

Magical Mystery Detour from the legendary Gemma Wilcox did not disappoint for one second, despite my own towering, fanboyish expectations.  Gemma is one of my inspirations for getting into performing, and I expect she inspired a few more with this show, the third in a trilogy following her hapless, directionally challenged heroine Sandra through life, love and London.

Secret Life of Emily/Frances...pic by Annette Hegel

Secret Life of Emily/Frances…pic by Annette Hegel

The Secret Life of Emily/Frances from the stellar team of Laurie Fyfe, Michelle leBlanc and director Bronwyn Steinberg.  An historical account of the life of playwright France Brooke, her maid Manon, and how a visit to the ‘New World’ of Canada changed both their lives.  A very underrated show that will hopefully be back for a bigger and higher profile run.

The Sink

The Sink

The Sink from Nick Wade and Whimsimole.  A knockout solo performance from Nick Fournier as a nameless worker in a virtual slave society of thee future, aided and added to by moody music and projections from director/designer Emily Soussana. Perfect in the intimate Tea Party venue, and a truly memorable Fringe experience.

photo by M Brownell

Three Men in a Boat…photo by M Brownell

Three Men in a Boat from Pea Green Theatre group.  Pure unadulterated fun in this breezy tale of three fops on an ill-fated boat trip. Some of the crispest direction and ensemble work to be found anywhere at Fringe.

So much more to rave about, so many memories to revel in…the terrific Sam Mullins finally arrives at Ottawa Fringe with his four truths…Die Roten Punkte Rock Bang the house in a special midnight performance…Keith Brown tells the best tie joke I’ve ever heard on a stage…Hiroshi Shimizu puts smiles on the face of every person who crosses his path…Jamie Portman transforms himself into permanently damaged goods in only ten minutes…Junior Sleuths gets very dark, and very very funny…Theatre of the Beat breaks down the prison walls…Alli Harris and Kristine Shadid NEED to start making music together all the time…Pachiv teaches us how to dance like babies…it’s a snapping turtle…Threads gives us the best chase scene in years…amazing parties at open AND close (and in between) where things like this happened:

George and AvaI was going to talk about my experience on Hannah & George, but I think I’ll save that for another post.  For now, I’m just gonna shout out my love once again to Ottawa Fringe and this family that I love so much (even if I still don’t really…not REALLY…feel like I belong to, and likely never will. Sorry, head full of bad wiring, whatcha gonna do?).  I miss you already, and am gonna start work soon on whatever comes next.  Another post soon!   Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (Winston says he’ll be home soon!)

Ottawa Fringe Festival FRINGE COMA 2015 – Checking in at last!

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Hey, remember when I used to post, like, every damn day during Fringe? How times have changed! And don’t get me wrong, I do very much miss writing about and promoting (and just as importantly, seeing) as many Fringe shows as I could every June when the Ottawa Fringe Festival rolls around. But what with being in a show this year…and not just any show, but one I helped to create from the ground up…there was just no way to spare the time for reviewing. Still working on giving the shows and artists plenty of Twitter love whenever I can…and happy to report that Ottawa Fringe is busting sales records left and right after opening weekend this year!

And hey, I HAVE gotten out to see a respectable amount of shows, even if it pales to my usual overdose. And as I have a spare few hours before showtime tonight, let’s see what I’ve seen and why they’re all the best things ever (because everything Fringe is the best thing ever):

Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills from Hiroshi Shimizu (Arts Court Theatre)

Photo by Kanami Shimizu

Photo by Kanami Shimizu

If Hiroshi Shimizu isn’t a mortal lock for the spirit of the fringe award, then I know nothing about anything. The Herculean challenge of doing an hourlong standup show in a second language you’re not all that comfortable with is bafflingly daunting to me, but Hiroshi never wavers or falters, bringing genuine hilarity in a true story of family, ambition and the occasional fire that will also yank at your heartstrings and just might inspire you before you even notice what’s happening. A real gem.

Spotlight On… from Crush Improv (Arts Court Theatre)

crush Spotlight 2015

Okay, this one I admit I saw from a slightly different perspective than usual. The Crush gang returns to Fringe with their crowd-pleasing Spotlight On… show, in which a different guest-storyteller takes a chair on the stage every night, and tells tales from her/his life. Crush then uses elements of the stories to create different Improv scenes. I was honoured to be the first special guest-star of their run, and consequently had the best seat in the house as AL Connors, Brooke Cameron, Dan Lajoie and Tim Anderson (with musical assist by Scottie of the Peptides) did what they do best. And when the core Crush Improv troupe takes the stage, nobody can hold a candle to them. They took my silly stories and made comedy gold out of them effortlessly. Thank you, Detective McGarnigle…I will never forget you.

Uncouth from Windy Wynazz (ODD Box)

photo by Lynne Fried

photo by Lynne Fried

A solo show featuring the weird and wonderful Windy Wynazz in a merry clowning adventure about taking a shot at stardom, making deals with the devil, the perils of mopping and much, much more.  Windy has charm and guts to spare, and her dance routine is something you probably need to see.

I Think my Boyfriend Should Have an Accent from Emily Pearlman (ODD Box)

photo by Joshua Pearlman

photo by Joshua Pearlman

Another one-woman show (hooray!) from Ottawa theatre superstar Emily Pearlman, with an eloquent and intelligent recounting of several key relationships in her enviously well-travelled life.  Whipsmart and very charming, and Emily is the kind of performer it is, I personally believe, quite difficult not to enjoy.  A keen reflection on love and humanity, and food for much thought.

The Adventures of Red Rascal from Rapscallion Diversion (Bronfman Amphitheate)

photo by Valerie Soares

photo by Valerie Soares

Starring Jake William Smith as the titular Rascal alongside a cast of kings and cutthroats, this is a fun and fast-paced sword-slashing adventure period piece with plenty of action and, just as importantly, a ton of laughs.  Never taking itself too seriously, though always remembering its emotional core, the show also features Visitorium fav’rit Danielle Savoie as a princess with a few parries and thrusts of her own.  A great delight on a sunny day out at Fringe.

Hootenanny! from Smith and Somers (Arts Court Theatre)

photo by Cory Thibert

photo by Cory Thibert

Follow Australian Children’s entertainers Hoot and Annie (aka Will Somers and Kate Smith) as their relationship simmers to a boil and explodes hilariously before your eyes, amidst a soundtrack of amazingly inappropriate songs performed live by the muliitalented Smith and Somers.  An ambitious and terrifically entertaining show, with Melanie Brown at the Director’s chair.  Those accents, that wig, the music..! I still desperately want an MP3 of Little Possum Oliver.  Surefire fun.

Mars from New Best Friend (Courtroom)

photo by Kim Jost

photo by Kim Jost

From writer and Fringe legend Jayson McDonald comes another great piece, this one telling the story of two spacefarers (played by the terrific Valerie Cotic and Mark Nocent) on a mission to the red planet, with the fate of the human race at stake.  Naturally, everything goes wrong, and our occasionally bickering heroes are put to the test.  Hilarious, smart and ultimately heartbreakingly optimistic, and a testament to the fact that you don’t need a million bucks to do great sci-fi.  Hell, you don’t even need a set.  Although two fantastic-looking astronaut costumes sure come in handy.  A real joy.

Celebrity Exception from Black Sheep Theatre (Courtroom)

CE

Fringe vet Katherine Glover (Dead Wrong) brings us this story of modern sexual politics centering around a young couple (Robin Hodge and Mike Kosowan), and whether or not you can ever be allowed to cheat on your partner…even if its with B-movie legend Xander Lucas (Jonah Lerner).  Along with Alexis Scott, this is a strong ensemble who get a ton of laughs out of the intriguing premise and barrage of one-liners.  The movie voice-overs are a good time, too.

The Untitled Sam Mullins Project from Sam S.Mullins (Arts Court Library)

photo by Gabe Toth

photo by Gabe Toth

Sam Mullins is already legend across the Fringe circuit for his storytelling shows like Tinfoil Dinosaur and Weaksauce, so it’s no surprise that he’s packing houses on this, his first Fringe visit to Ottawa.  This show, featuring stories from his ‘four truths’, is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking…the opening tale alone is worth admission.  A master at work.

Three Men in a Boat from Pea Green Theatre Group (Studio Leonard-Beaulne)

photo by M Brownell

photo by M Brownell

The simple enough story of three Victorian fops (played my Matt Pilipiak, Victor Pokinko and Scott Garland) who decide they need a break from their life of idling to punt down a river for a few days…only to find there are far, far too inept for such a chore.  With timing and choreography that looks like it was designed by computer, and not a single dull moment in its laugh-stuffed running time. An absolute treasure of a show…and yes, Montmorency the dog DOES steal a scene or two.

Honourable Mention…

Hannah & George from Strange Visitations (Studio Leonard-Beaulne)

photo by Cory Thibert

photo by Cory Thibert

Well, I HAVE seen it a couple of times now, at least from on and back stage!  Had a great time opening the show, and then a much better time on the second night when we remembered the stuff we forgot the first night!  And looking forward to the next four shows this week, starting Monday at 6pm.  And if you wanted some extra incentive to check it out, take a look at these ACTUAL reviews that have been coming in for the show…it’s an odd feeling being on this side of the review wall, believe you me…

Hannah and George Will Charm Your Socks Off

http://apt613.ca/hannah-george/

Hannah and George

If you catch the show and dig it, please fell free to give us a shoutout on the Twitter at #HannahAndGeorge …we’d love to hear from you, as social media is the only way most of us can self-validate these days.  And for advance tickets (or to leave a kind word or review on the Fringe site itself…)

http://ottawafringe.com/shows/hannah-george/

Hope to see everyone out at shows this week…keep on Fringing!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (Winston sends his best, but is currently bunking with my folks until I emerge from Coma)

Hannah & the Girls

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2015 at 8:15 am

Still over a week away to the premiere of Hannah & George at the Ottawa Fringe (get advance tickets HERE, or just boost my ego and click ‘join’ on our Facebook event page HERE), and I thought it was high time I gushed about my incredible Strange Visitations team of superwomen, without whom this show would not be here.

Madeleine Hall HS
I first met my brilliant co-star Madeleine Hall years ago, when I mostly just knew her as ‘Jonah’s Girlfriend’ for an embarrassingly long time. It wasn’t until I started attending the Ottawa Theatre School as a first year (as she was beginning her third) and we became fellow students that we really started to form a proper friendship all our own, aand I’m really glad we did. Then I saw her in that year’s OTS production of Sylvia and was properly blown away, because I had not realized just how much talent she was packing. She was crazy good, and I couldn’t wait for the next two shows in her grad season. Sadly, those were not to be, but the two of us ended up heading out on similar journeys that following summer…I headed off to Clown Camp on Manitoulin Island with Mump and Smoot’s John Turner, while she made the even greater journey to France to study for a month with the legendary clown master Philippe Gaulier.

Madeleine as Hannah

Madeleine as Hannah

Now, I got back from my adventure first, and was busily working on an idea for an upcoming 20-minute show I had been picked to do at the 3rd Fresh Meat Festival (which Madeleine co-produces by the way) when I hit upon the idea of Speed Dating, using the Simpleman character I had created in OTS for a 5 minute silent piece, The Flower. I sent Mad an e-mail in France asking her if she would like to join me onstage for the piece, and to my joy she was all for it. Soon enough, we premiered Faster than the Speed of Dating at Fresh Meat to a great response. Since then we’ve also shared the stage in Chamber Theatre’s The Hairy Ape, and now are about to premiere our third show in a row together with Hannah & George. I couldn’t ask for a more talented and naturally funny clown co-star, who even during the rehearsal process for THIS show is hard at work producing the upcoming 4th Fresh Meat Festival. Her instincts have guided and shaped this show in exciting new directions, and her Hannah is a Fringe character for the ages. You don’t wanna miss this, folks.

The lady Miss Jodi Morden

Of course, we couldn’t have even gotten Speed of Dating onto the stage without the unswerving aid of OTS legend, and our director, Jodi Morden. After appearing in a veritable swarm of shows with OTS, including the brilliant Under MilkWood, Glitch and Twelfth Night (and even doing her own stint with Chamber Theatre in Marcel Pursued by the Hounds), she was my hoped-for pick to tackle the daunting task of directing a show in which the silent actors never directly look at one another, while constantly interacting and undergoing more than a dozen character transitions. She jumped at it and steered us through to the end product like the pro she is, and didn’t miss a beat when I invited her back to direct the full-length Fringe ‘sequel’ to Dating that Hannah & George essentially is (but not really). She was at Fringe last year too, co-starring in Rachel & Zoe with the fantastic Hannah Gibson Fraser.

Jodi Morden and Hannah Gibson Fraser in RACHEL & ZOE.

Jodi Morden and Hannah Gibson Fraser in RACHEL & ZOE.

Jodi has been a complete, utter joy to work with, and I have fond memories of our multiple shopping runs to Dollarama and beyond, scouting the seemingly endless props for this show (that currently live in the backseat of her car, bless her heart). This show would be nothing without her, and I would be a total wreck. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Miss Jodi. You got us through. 🙂

Rebecca did not provide me with a headshot. This is what happens.

Rebecca did not provide me with a headshot. This is what happens.

The final addition to out team was my good buddy and U of O grad Rebecca Laviolette, who I first met at some Youth Infringement from years past. Since then I’ve seen her in a host of YI shows, not to mention all over the Fringe stage (in shows like The Fight, Fallen and Oceans Apart) and beyond…she’s yet another Hairy Ape veteran as well. She was my behind the scenes helper/stage manager when I mounted my Foofarah Live! event last year, and when we realized we’d need an extra pair of hands on deck for H&G, she was my obvious pick. It was very clearly the correct choice, as she’s been tireless in her multiple roles in the production…she’s a terrific and engaging performer, but clearly has some stage managing blood in her from the whipsmart way she approaches every problem. There appears, actually, to be very little she cannot do (and even fewer things she doesn’t have on hand at a moments notice…her apartment is stocked up like some theatrical Batcave, it’s amazing). And nobody but nobody feeds a rehearsal like our Rebecca, let me tell you. A very instrumental addition to our Hannah & George team, and always such a joyous presence, especially at our beloved ‘crafting rehearsals’ at her place. And yes, you will get to see (and hear!) the lovely Ms Laviolette in the show.

Blurry rehearsal shenaniganss!

Blurry rehearsal shenanigans!

I am proud as can be to be working in the company of these three talented creators, and I really do believe you’re going to want to see what they (and me) have brought to life for this Ottawa Fringe. Can’t wait to see you all there!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Countdown to Hannah & George – 2 weeks!

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Hey, right, I have a blog..!

Sorry folks, I know this here old Visitorium has been sitting idle now for longer than it ever has.  And there’s all sorts of stuffs going on right now and I can barely spare the brainpower to keep track of it all.  Here’s a tip…MAGNETIC NORTH.  It should be enough to keep any theatre fan going for a few days or so.  I was even lucky enough to catch the premiere of THE PUBLIC SERVANT at the GCTC last night, making a triumphant return after debuting at Undercurrents about 3 years back.

But for the most part, I’m too busy to take part in any active bloggery OR theatregoing, and it’s because me and thee rest of the Strange visitations gang are heading into the final two weeks of pre-production on our Fringe debut show, HANNAH & GEORGE.  Our mostly silent, but somehow still noisy clown-inspired romp follows lonely George Q.Simpleman and his constant fairy companion, Hannah Glorianna (to harken back to her historical full name from way back when she first popped, ill-formed, into my noodle last year) and the troubles that ensue when love enters their cozy relationship.

Poster artwork for Hannah & George by the incomparable TREVOR LAFORCE!

Poster artwork for Hannah & George by the incomparable TREVOR LAFORCE!

We’re still hard at work putting the finishing touches on props, set and soundscape, in a show that has proven way more daunting than I ever dreamed it would be when I penned the first draft in January.  Since then, the show has become a truly collaborative process, morphing in rehearsals again and again with input from myself, co-star Madeleine Hall, Director Jodi Morden, and stage manager/rehearsal cook Rebecca Laviolette. It’s become something very different than I started out imagining, and definitely something more as well.  I can promise a few things about this show…we WILL earworm you, that’s a certainty.  Madeleine Hall WILL steal your heart as Hannah, the ultimate manic pixie dreamgirl.  I will embarass myself in hopefully the most story-driven and heartfelt ways, again and again.  We will make you laugh, smile, and hopefully cry just a teeny bit.

And there MIGHT be candy.

We’ve learned a lot and worked a lot more doing this show, and we hope a whole mess of you will be there to play with us at the Ottawa Fringe in just 2 short weeks.  I think we’ve got something pretty special, and terribly fun, on our hands, and we can’t wait to pass it on to you.  Come see us at Studio Leonard-Beaulne starting on June 19th (or at the Preview Party on the 17th at Arts Court)…until then, I still have some crafting to do, props to build, recordings to make, and magic to rehearse.  It doesn’t come easy, does it?  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

For advance tickets and showtimes: http://ottawafringe.com/shows/hannah-george/