It’s Hard to Count to A Million (2008)
It’s Hard to Count to A Million is an attempt to read the textuality of number systems. What is it that our obsession with numbers tells us about ourselves? This investigation is conducted through a fictionalised account of the life, works and mysterious death of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German “Enigma” code and invented modern computing. Lauded for his wartime achievements by the British Government, Turing was later vilified and tortured by the same government when they discovered he had a male lover. His choice? Imprisonment or a grotesque experimental hormone therapy.
The accompanying video by Marie-Louise Gariépy presents some of the material we created in the studio. The eventual performance, which differed in content if not theme from our experiments was presented at the 2008 Rhubarb Festival in Toronto. It was created and performed by the actors of One Reed: Frank Cox O’Connell, Megan Flynn, Marc Tellez and Evan Webber with the support of Bruce Barton, Jacob Zimmer and Ame Henderson. It was performed three times for approximately 120 people.
In this fragment from the ‘Total Pain’ palliative care education project, led by Dr. Pippa Hall, I play Neil, a young man dying of both cancer and AIDS. This series of fictional interviews was used as part of an online training tool for palliative care teams. Created in 2007 and 2008, the project and our research team won the 2009 Alan Blizzard Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
A retelling of the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, this performances was conceived and directed for the Department of Theatre of the University of Ottawa in 2007. The text was written by Michael Geither based on ideas I was preoccupied with. It also owes a small debt to Julio Coratazar’s dramatic poem Los Reyes. The performers were Artem Barry, Brandon Groves, Collen Durham, Gabrielle Lalonde and Danielle LeSaux-Farmer. I was assisted by apprentice director Stephie Demas; the lights were created by Margaret Coderre-Williams and the costumes were conceived and created by Angela Haché.
Performed at the Academic Hall, University of Ottawa,12 performances, 600 spectators.
Danielle LeSaux-Farmer and Colleen Durham, photo by Laura Astwood
Nor the Cavaliers Who Come with Us (2006)
conceived and directed in collaboration with One Reed Theatre Ensemble
Our retelling of the story of the conquest of Mexico, collaboratively devised by Frank Cox O’Connell, Megan Flynn, Marc Tellez and Evan Webber and directed by myself. The production dramaturge, stage manager and assistant director was Jacob Zimmer. The lights were conceived and built by Marc Tellez and I and were much improved by Jacob Zimmer and Trevor Schwellnus. The video is by Marie-Louise Gariépy. Premiered at the Catskill Festival of New Theatre in Highland Lake, New York, July 2006. Performed at the Summerworks Festival in Toronto, August 2006 and at the Drama Center Studio Theatre, University of Toronto in 2007; 33 performances, 1631 spectators.
Not one word, light/sound cue or musical note is wasted in this theatrically stunning and complex examination of several centuries of colonialism and exploitation in Mexico. Loosely arranged around a young Canadian writer's eye-opening trip south, the piece defies simple synopsis. But director Daniel Mroz (talk about artists to watch!) stages the piece carefully and emphasizes the communal and ritualistic aspect of theatre. A few dozen lucky viewers get to sit up onstage with the multi-tasking actors and be completely involved in the drama, which includes (among other things) a menacing cowboys-and-Indians game with toy figures. You'll want to see this twice or more to appreciate all it has to offer.
Glen Sumi, Reviewer
Now Magazine, Toronto (2006)
Marc Tellez, Frank Cox O'Connell and Evan Webber, photo by Laura Astwood
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Peau de lune (2002)
The story of a single moment of heartbreak inspired by the poetry of Paul Celan, Peau de lune (Skin of the Moon) was conceived and directed as part of my Ph.D. work at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 2002. The performers are Geneviève de Pasquale, Laure Donzé, Licia Perak and Yann Courtois. The video is by Marie-Louise Gariépy. It was premiered at the 2002 Catskill International Festival of New Theatre. It was performed 3 times for a total of 120 spectators.