It’s been an eventful year so far…
Marcia and I have started work on our next piece, a comedy about four lost souls on a wellness cruise in the Caribbean. It’s called Taking the Waters. Meanwhile, after an extended hiatus from the stage, I’m working with Marce (as an actor this time) as she directs me in Drayton Entertainment’s production of One for the Pot. It opens at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, Ontario on July 27th, which just happens to be the 25th anniversary of the world premiere of our first play, Who’s Under Where? After Cambridge, One for the Pot moves to the Playhouse II in Grand Bend, Ontario from August 14th until Labour Day. After that, Marce and I plan to spend September churning out the first draft of Taking the Waters. Meanwhile, our plays Who’s Under Where? and Too Many Cooks continue to run in rep at Teatr Komedia in Warsaw, Poland.
Rafal Cieszynski, Tomasz Dedek, Sylwia Gliwa and Hanna Konarowska in a scene from Kontrabanda
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, I attended the Polish premiere of Kontrabanda (Too Many Cooks) at Teatr Komedia in Warsaw, Poland. The opening was a huge success, with many curtain calls and rave reviews.
Well, it’s official–our fourth play, Jack of Diamonds, has been published by Samuel French, Inc. of New York. We’re four for four with them so far! Above is a shot from the premiere production of the play which took place at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 30, 2015. Featured in the photograph are Ian D. Clark, Mary Long, Valerie Boyle and Wendy Thatcher. To see what the Hamilton Spectator thought of the show, click here.
Here’s a shot of me with the cast of the first Polish-language production of Interes Zycia (Who’s Under Where?) at the Teatr Komedia in Warsaw, Poland. It opened in March of 2016 and is currently enjoying a very successful–and open-ended–run. Along with Kontrabanda (Too Many Cooks), Teatr Komedia is now running two of our plays in rep.
On, June 30, 2016, our play Something Fishy (written with Marcia Kash) had its world premiere at Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover, Ontario. It was a huge seller and got a great review. You can read it here.
In the fall of 2015, for the first time, I found myself performing in something I’d written myself. Along with CBC’s Tom Allen, I put together a couple of short plays for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, both of which were performed during the interval of two of the programmes they were presenting at Roy Thompson Hall as part of their Decades Festival. The first piece was called Debussy: At Sea, for which I was joined by the redoubtable Ivan Sherry. It was a short play consisting of two scenes (one a brief curtain-raiser performed on the TSO stage immediately prior to their performance of Debussy’s La Mer, and a second, longer scene that took place in the lobby during the interval) about Debussy and how he came to create this famous piece. Then on November 11th and 14th, in conjunction with the TSO’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony #4, Ivan and I did a second piece, The Talking Cure – a dramatization of the famous meeting between Mahler and Sigmund Freud in the spring of 1910.
The first French-language production of my third play, Too Many Cooks, (written with my partner in crime, Marcia Kash), had a hugely successful run in 2015 at Le Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne in Québec. Thanks to all the rave reviews and sold-out houses, it was extended a week, and after the run in Terrebonne, the show toured to Québec City and Gatineau.
Also, Marcia and I recently put the finishing touches on the script for Something Fishy. We plan to submit it for publication in the near future.
Meanwhile, I’m in the process of trying to market my first novel, The Poor Player.
You can find out a little bit more about it here.