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Weeping in Washington

Dear Reader, I am sitting in Washington-Dulles Airport, returning from Double Trouble’s first five days of rehearsal. It’s an interesting room. Six out seven actors are women as are the Director and Stage Manager so Jamie and I are in

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The Future of Failure

May 29th 2015 Dear Reader, I came out of Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play and thought “this is the future of theatre”. I was only partly talking about the play. I was most impressed by the audience who were

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Mad Acts

May 24th 2015 Dear Reader, I think one of the most interesting questions to ask right now is why, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence, has there been so little done to reduce carbon emissions? Certainly, as I stare

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Prophecies and Failure

May 17th 2015 Dear Reader, I have been spending the Victoria Day weekend reading Jordan Tannahill’s long form essay entitled “Theatre of the Unimpressed” (a play on Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed).  When I was AD at Roseneath Theatre

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Some Breathing Room

May 9th 2015 Dear Reader, There are few places in Toronto where there is oxygen for playwrights, but one of them is the Tarragon Theatre.  Each year, five playwrights are selected to form a unit who will meet four times

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Imaginary Worlds

May 2nd 2015 Dear Reader, While I have always enjoyed historical fiction, a narrative that throws the reader back into time, some of my most enjoyable reading experiences have been when an author has thrown me into the future or

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy (Seriously)

April 24th 2015 Dear Reader, http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/ID/2665154981/   There’s a lot of interesting information coming from the world of Positive Psychology. This is the arm of psych which looks at what makes us happy instead of what makes us sick. Turns

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Friday, Frenchys, and Flying

April 17th 2015 Dear Reader, Ten minutes ago I sent the first draft of Frenchys: The Thrift Musical to my composer John Roby. 80 pages. Lyrics for 12 songs. 3 ½ months. My friend Michelle Fisk immediately said, “that was

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Plays, Politicians, and Ponderings

April 12th 2015 Dear Reader, This week the happy news is that, despite the fact that neither of my children has won the Nobel Peace Prize, I am within two songs of completing Frenchys.   It’s not quite a ‘ta-da’ moment

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To Save, To Savour

April 4th 2015 Dear Reader,   I awake each morning torn between the desire to save the world and a desire to savour the world.  This makes it hard to plan my day. – E. B.White   I awake each

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