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:
"LUCKY 13TH FOR CABBAGETOWN’S SLAW FESTIVAL!
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 (www.swingrosie.com/www.shannonbutcher.com).
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.)