Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Swearing Jar /

If you are in Toronto (or desperate to get away from wherever else you live), please come out and see my talented Unspun friends in my newest play, The Swearing Jar, from June 7-9 and 13-16. It is a fifteen minute version of the play I am writing with the Tarragon Playwrights' Unit, and there are a ton of other great acts to watch. It also marks my directing debut! I get to be unapologetically bossy! I love it!

Here is the press release if you're interested:


The Cabbagetown Theatre Company (CTC) presents The 2007 "Lucky 13th" Slaw Festival, featuring 6 short, fresh and funny original works, a Slam Poet and a Jazz Artist! The Slaw runs at the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre, 454 Parliament Street just south of Carlton, from June 7 – 9 and June 13 - 16, 2007. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 with $10 SPECIALS ON JUNE 7 AND LUCKY JUNE 13. Call (416) 921-3406 to reserve.

Slam Poetry artist Arianna Pozzuoli, who most recently represented Toronto at the International World Poetry Slam, starts off the Slaw this year, followed by "Chew On This", directed by MC Thompson. Actors Michelle Cote, Chris Irving and Dave Lapsley are three caged mammals with three typewriters trying to come up with the "next big thing".

After last year's Fringe hit "Humans Anonymous", playwright Kate Hewlett is back with a heartbreaking new comedy about love, loss...and swearing. "The Swearing Jar" features Unspun Theatre members Chris Hanratty, Christopher Stanton and Shira Leuchter and is directed by Kate Hewlett. Chris Hanratty and Chris Stanton co-wrote the 2006 Fringe hit "Minotaur", which was directed by Stanton and performed by Hanratty.

The Slaw Festival is also extremely fortunate to feature the vocal talents of Toronto jazz artist Shannon Butcher (

Bell directs Allison McWood's quirky "Bentley Burnout", which features CTC veterans Stephen Flett, Rob Candy, Blake Thorne and Lynn Zeelenberg, plus new addition Zahir Gilani. Allison McWood penned the Fringe 2006 hits "It Was Kit" and "Welcome To Eden: Population Two".

The prolific Brent Barkley brings another world premiere to our Slaw stage. After the success of "The Vodka Talking" and "Flat Busted" (both in the 2006 Fringe), Barkley has written "The Rub", directed by Blake Thorne and featuring the talents of Chris Irving and Michael Posthumus.

Anne Harper directs William McGill's "Incompetent In Love". When a man looking for self-help (Liam Doherty) enters into conversation with a bookstore attendant (Nancy Bradshaw), a new chapter opens up for both of them.

The absurdly-amusing "Less Is More Misérables" by R.J. Fenton closes the 2007 Slaw. Directed by CTC's Kim Sprenger, it features the laugh-out-loud comedic talents of Elisabeth Feltaous and Brian Ablett."

Hope to see you there. I'll be there (probably after a couple of calming glasses of wine. I'm not actually in the play, so I'm allowed to do that now. Directing is AWESOME.)



Blogger vorador said...

Again, I can't go. Distance/Ocean problems. They suck. And it seems I like to repeat myself a lot :p

Anyway, I wish you the best luck with the play.

And there's no need to be too nervous. You directed it, thus it will be great ;)


9:34 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Will you be doing anything at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC at the end of July? We would love to see you there!

9:53 AM  
Blogger celisnebula said...

Aw man, I won't be in Toronto until August 1st. Yes, I'm with that group of Harry Potter geeks that is having a convention down town from the 1-5 of August (the things parents do for there kids). If you've got a play, or something cool going on then, I'd love to be in the audience.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

Wish I could make it! I'd love to see your play. You'll have to let us all know how things go. :)

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

arghhh I so wish I could make it to one of your plays!
we need to drag the 2 continents closer together I think. LOL
good luck with it anyhow and I hope your directing debut goes swimmingly :)

1:10 PM  
Blogger lizzy said...

Aw... Directing.

A few glasses of wine? Enjoy the bottle and remember one very vital thing:

You did an amazing job no matter what. You tried your hardest and directed like a pro, its in the actors hands now. (And what a scary place to be ;))

Hope it is enjoyable!

1:16 PM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

Best of luck with the play! Wish I could go, but you know I'll attend any NYC productions!

Do you often do table reads with early versions of your plays? I'm doing my first table read next week prior to submission, and I'm *scared*!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Adm.Polli said...

You really have to read my comments. Me again the same problem: Distance/Ocean -
Canada <===> Germany(in the meantime, you know it hopefully). But please feel
free to visit Germany (however, call me, please, if you should really come ;o)
). We have got a great theater scenery!
Or do you come in any case to Germany, because you are in secret a member of the 33rd G8 summit?


PS: Do I see right that we will see you again in Atlantis?
Unfortunately, on the German television your Atlantis episode didn't come until today. If you like I will send you the episode.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Dang it. The first weekend I'll be at my sister's house in Kentucky and the second I'm working. Insert curse words here - which is oddly appropriate given the name of the play. Directing? Very cool.

I wish you all the best with the play. I'm sure both your writing and directing will be great.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Shelley Templar said...

I wish i could go see the play Kate!
i really need to see something in teh theater.
My life is all over the place and a break to see some great acting (and writing) is just what I need!!

I will see one of your plays!
Im determined too :P

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Egwene said...

Wow, that looks great!

I did ask if you were interested in directing last February at Pegasus 2... I didn't know it'd come that fast!
Good for you! I'm sure you're great bossing people around ;)

Wish I could come, but you know, little issues like... an ocean, might prevent that :(

I wish you the best of luck though!

7:36 PM  
Blogger LilFerret said...

Two words:

Los Angeles

1:50 AM  
Blogger amararti said...

Ooo that sounds so cool - unfortunately - yup, you guessed it, stuck in the UK *bah*. I was lucky enough to see (finally) your excellent performance as Marilyn in A Dog's Breakfast when it was shown at the Stratford-upon-Avon film festival (twice in fact). Fantastic that it won the Best Feature Film award - check out some pics of said event if you have a moment A Brace of Awards for Breakfast ...

Wishing you much success

8:52 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Directing is love. So is Stage Managing, you get to be bossy and a bitch and everyone still has to love you :P

Alas, I'd go, but I actually have a play of my own that week, and ya know, being the technical director of the show, I kinda gotta be there.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

If only I lived in Canada...If I had the means I would totally come show my support!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Tracy Trollop said...


You don't update for ages, I lose track of your blog and then I come back to find hundreds of blog posts. Well, maybe not hundreds, but it seems like it!

Well, I'm not going to be in Canada until December now. Girlfriend is planning on introducing me to the family in Cambridge (yeah, Cambridge ON) over the festive period. This should be interesting. They're expecting a male for a start.

Anyway, glad to hear things are going well for you! Sorry I've not been keeping up!

Tracy Jane xxx

(Don't ask about the trollop thing!)

9:24 PM  
Blogger GentleZephyr said...

Good luck with your performances! When you're successful and famous, perhaps you'll let your plays be performed over here in Oz. 'Till then I'll have to applaude from a distance.

12:29 AM  
Blogger apmc4cb said...

Come and do a play in the UK! Then i can come and see it! I'll even work on it for free!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Jen, the cow hugger said...

I told some people to stop by to see the play, since they live within an hour of Toronto. ;) Best of luck!

7:48 AM  
Blogger iB said...

Dobar dan Kate,

I just discovered your blog, okay well I did it just a week ago or so.. shame on me.. And I have to say I really love it :D.. .
I wish I could come to Canada.. buuuut, well, Vienna is far, faaar away..

So, have a nice weekend.. Ivana

3:07 PM  
Blogger M said...

Hiya Kate,

Having actually been browsing your blog for a while till now. Uh, good luck with the play? Yeah, I know it's a bit belated but still - hope you enjoyed the champagne!

Saw you briefly in the UK when you attended your (first?) con. I'm from Sydney btw and just stopped by to say hi.

Take care! Oh and heard that you're moving to Vancouver - must be cool to be near big brother???

8:48 PM  
Blogger TheDancingArchaeologist said...

Hey Kate, hope the play has been going (and continues to go) well! :)

You should consider coming over to the Edinburgh Festival(s)

especially the biggest little arts festival in the world, the

Maybe then I'll get to see some of your work!

(I have my fingers crossed that David and Jane saw the requests that ADB come over to the film festival part...) :D

Take care,

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

If I go, can I buy you a beer/glass of wine/coffee/tea?

3:14 PM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

wow cool! Have fun, hope everything goes to plan (does it ever?!)

6:21 AM  
Anonymous lemonchicken said...

Heard you were back on Atlantis! Yay!

12:42 AM  
Blogger crazymom said...

Kate, I'm dying to hear how it's going on the set! Is David Nykl there? Has Joe Mallozzi given you any good chocolate? Has he taken your picture for his blog? Is your brother moping while Jane's away? Has Martin Gero said anything about that weird person who keeps bugging him to blog on his MySpace page? Are you now officially living in Vancouver?

12:30 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I just downloaded A Dog's Breakfast from and wanted to say how wonderful you were in it. I thought you did a fantastic job (as did everyone else). Not only were you funny, but you played the dark moments very well too! Creeped me out in some of the scenes. :) It's a movie I will watch again and again.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Desiree said...


Totally off the subject of this particular blog entry but I was wondering where you will be from August 30th through September 3rd. The reason I ask is that there are a group of YOUR devoted fans who are trying to figure out a way for you to come to DragonCon down in Atlanta, Georgia. We all think that you are the greatest and would LOVE to meet you (some have met you already).

So what do you say, Kate? Wanna do a convention appearance outside of your brother's shadow? We'd LOVE to see you down here in the American south!!


11:48 PM  
Blogger Desiree said...

PS. I work for the Stargate Offworld track at DragonCon. :) Name's Desiree Jackson and I can be reached at

11:50 PM  
Blogger Someday Scientist said...

Hi Kate,

I've no doubt you've heard about William Hutt. He was an incredible actor, and he'll be missed. It's a sad day for Canadian theater.

Take care

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We Miss you Kate! Please Blog again soon! Let us know how you're doing!

12:05 PM  
Blogger crazymom said...

Kate? Kaaaaa-aaate?

3:37 PM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Kate, David twittered that A Dog's Breakfast is on iTunes. And I see that it's on's Unbox. Just thought I'd let you know!

6:35 AM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

Hey Kate!

Have no clue how else to contact you, but my short play is going to be performed in New York on July 18th. Check out if you think you might be in the area!

::does the dance of playwriting joy::

10:46 AM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

Gah, Toronto is just to far from Destin, Florida. Sure you don't want to make your production "international" and bring it down here?

*Whispers* I'll give your group a discount!

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the trainwreck of a project called "Rosebud" ring a bell?

That director jumped of a bridge in 2002....splat!

11:26 AM  

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