Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, you have another chance to experience Dusty Shoes this Saturday night, September 12th at 8pm!
And, “Madame Rouge” and me have another opportunity to have fun with you. Saturday’s show will also offer you an opportunity to ask me questions during a talk back post show. We can discuss the actor/writer process, the content of the show, the duality of two languages (there is a gentle amount of French in the piece) or even talk about your own reactions during certain key moments during the show.
As a performing artist, I depend on audiences to complete my creative process. Without you, my art lies dormant. You are key. You are the reason I’m there.
Want to join me in a theatrical conversation that will definitely engage you? And, who knows… maybe you’ll be the one who receives a chocolate from Madame Rouge during the show!
Dusty Shoes has had three shows in Prince Edward Island. Two at the Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown, and one at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown just last Saturday night.
We’ve had some excellent feedback and also some mixed feedback. I expected the mixed (“It wasn’t what I expected”) and always appreciate that there are still many people who “get” this strange show that presents itself like an abstract painting that pushes buttons.
My goal remains solid that people should be entertained but thinking about their own lives as they leave the theatre. Some of the delayed feedback I’m receiving shows me that I’m reaching people who are ready to make changes in their lives.
Doing Dusty Shoes at this time of my life has become even more significant to me than I expected! Having just lost my father in May, then a big personal relationship change on top of it is pushing my OWN buttons. Life, the non-linear voyage of stories.
Saturday September 12th, there is another chance to see Dusty Shoes at the Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This evening there will be a talk back where you will have an opportunity to ask questions to me, the actor/writer, about the creative process I undertook or about the content of the piece.
Hope to see you there…. and if not there, maybe in a town near you sometime soon! (Dusty Shoes is “bookable”)
It’s still the official day where I currently am. Toronto. I haven’t seen any theatre. Any “official” theatre.
I’ve been part of a lot of real live theatre. I’ve been traveling, trying to get to Eastern Canada. And, there has just been a monster storm, making it very challenging to reach my little Prince Edward Island.
Did I mention I was in Toronto? Yup. In a hotel, graciously given to us by West Jet for the night, along with food vouchers (we really are fortunate in this wintery country).
So. No plays. No theatre. No musicals. No live performances.
I had my time “off” between the two Fringes and now I’m gearing up for the Mammoth Edmonton Fringe Festival that launches with a Fringe Parade on the eve of August 15th! My first show is the day after at 2:45pm on Friday the 16th.
But, I did take a well needed week off of “computering” and the show. We took a leisurely time driving back from Regina to Vancouver. Had a few fun stops along the way. Rodeos, resting, re-uniting with family and friends, breathing in mountain air, picking cherries, eating el fresco, and coming back with fruit with which to make jam!
It is already day two of the Regina Fringe Festival and I can hardly believe we opened last night. Dusty Shoes….is…. open! We had our “World Premiere” to an intimate, eager, fun audience last night. And, they liked it. Whew. In fact, they loved it.
How was I feeling? Before the show, I was a mix of calm, excitement, disbelief, worry, shallow breaths, deeper breaths, and eventually, a feeling of “just go tell them the story”. And, that is what I focused on.
Quick update on today’s adventure – the technical rehearsal with people who have never seen the show, one who has read the script and heard the sound cues, and one who hasn’t one clue about the show, but is ready to dive in.
Mix in a newbie producer, moi, a newbie roadie, who didn’t know he was going to be a roadie, my guy, and a theatre full of more lights than I thought I was going to have, some wonky wood and you have an interesting time ahead.
I am taking notes and will share those with you later. All I can say is the simpler the better, the more prepped you are the better, and drink water. (And, warm up before dancing the Charleston in motorcycle boots… ouch!)