Event coming up for anyone in the Montreal area. My short play “Down in the Valley”, a meditation on what it means to be human set in a kind of post-Apocalyptic Quebec City, is getting a public reading with the community theatre group Theatre NDG. This is such a cool program that they do, giving writers a chance to test out the plays they’re developing in front of a live audience. I’m very excited and a little nervous to hear my words read aloud by their actors. Plus, it’s a double feature, so the audience gets to hear two plays in one evening!
Last fall I went to a fascinating stage adaptation of Orwell’s novel 1984. I never loved the novel as a teenager, but in my twenties I discovered Orwell’s non-fiction—Homage to Catalonia, Down and Out in Paris and London, and I haven’t yet managed The Road to Wigan Pier, but it is climbing my to-be-read pile—and every one of them blew my mind. This production at Théâtre du Trident in Québec City seemed like the perfect chance to tackle the classic dystopia once again, and see if I’d grown up enough to enjoy it. To add the experience, I’d just finished a stint as lighting technician for Quebec Art Company’s production of La Cage aux Folles, which involved a lot of on-the-job learning for me. Lessons such as: I really should have memorized those formulas for converting between amps, volts and watts from first-year physics, and electrocution is no fun. So, going to see 1984 also meant relaxing into a safe comfortable seat and watching a professional take over.
Then I pitched the idea of writing a review to my dear friend and editor at Albion Magazine, and she did her usual brilliant job putting out this winter’s issue. The full review can be read here.
Well, tonight is opening night for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, so here is some publicity about it that has appeared in local media:
Life in Quebec
Tickets are available at the door and can be reserved by calling 418 254-6552
My short story “Mumbai Marriage” has just come out in the Singapore-based feminist journal Junoesq. Go on and check it out! It does feature what I have regretfully concluded is one of my major themes, namely, Bad Things Happen to Small, Fluffy Creatures, so please be warned.
Also, for readers who live in or around Quebec City who might be interested in my other artistic endeavours, I am involved in this season’s QAC production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Yes, I play Rosencrantz. I have so many lines to learn. Show dates are 17-19 April (plus 16 April if you happen to volunteer for Jeffrey Hale Community Services), so mark it on your calendar.