I'm now fully settled into life in Vancouver - in the mornings I'm woken up at 7:30 on the dot by the lovely construction workers outside my window and I night I fall asleep as the walls shake due to an overabundance of bass on what I can only assume is the deaf woman's TV next door.
On the bright side, the mercury never dips below 5 degrees.
We've started rehearsals for The Little Prince. Performing in a new script last year, Tara and I quickly discovered kinks and bugs once we found ourselves in front of an audience, but we were unable to make any major changes without the writer/director present. It's not only nice to revisit the script but also make what are turning into some fairly substantial rewrites. I think the show is going to be much stronger this time around.
I can now officially announce that after more than two years Roller Derby Saved My Soul is coming back to Ottawa for a special presentation during the University of Ottawa's Alumni Week on May 7th. Tickets are open to the public and an absolute steal at $10. If you are one of those people who has never seen the show (or one who saw a very different early incarnation) this is likely your last chance to see it in town. I've got a couple other bookings lined up as well so stay tuned for that if you live elsewhere. I think I might retire the show at the end of the year. I'm moving on to other creative pursuits these days and that's where my heart is ... unless someone makes me a really good offer to put on my skates. Because money.
Speaking of those other creative pursuits, my new script is so close to being done I can almost taste it. So of course resistance creeps in and I want to do anything but work on it - hence why a blog post finally pops up. My writing workshop has been key in keeping the momentum going, which is a good thing since many summer festivals are now asking for technical and promotional information. I'm not ready to divulge that info publicly yet, but if you're wondering where you might get to see this new show, the folks at the London, Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringes are going to get first dibs. Ottawa is also looking like a strong possibility as well.
Finally, in other things that are so so close, On the Fringe is almost there. We're already taking summer bookings and I've got a big meeting on Saturday to go over where we're at.
These are exciting and thrilling times. I can't believe how quickly my year has filled up with my own creative pursuits and how this summer is turning into another mega tour. I wish I had the funds to hire an assistant to help me keep everything straight because I worry a ball is going to get dropped somewhere. Well, at least I'm up early enough every day to work on it all.