By Michael Wheeler
The really friggin’ fantastic news is that we know when and where the show will be going on:
March 8th-10th, 15th-17th and 22nd-24thHow did all of this come about, you ask?
The Queen West Arts Centre – 100A Ossington St.
(It’s just north of Queen Street)
All shows at 8pm
Well Dave Galpern, who works with The Classical Theatre Project and The Toronto Youth Theatre, is an old friend. We did shows together at Montreal’s McGill Universtiy in the 90s and he played Koroviev in the Praxis Theatre production of The Master and Margarita.
His space on Ossington has thus far been used as a rehearsal centre for his two companies before their shows open at the Young Centre, Hart House . . . what have you. The thing is, the largest of these rehearsal spaces would also make a great, I mean really fabulous, theatre. It should have its own name. It is yet to be named. High ceilings, lots of room, obviously its proximity to all the shit going on down on Queen West makes for a pretty great location, too. So we made a deal and that’s where Steel will go on.
Now the tricky part is, there isn’t anything else to work with. So, we have two projects now:
1) putting a play together; andShould be no problem. Oh wait – we have no money and very limited free time. Could be a problem. Will definitely be interesting regardless.
2) putting a theatre together.
Anyone reading along who has access to lights, blacks or chairs should be in contact at this point. Please. We have free program ad space, multiple tickets, and our undying gratitude and appreciation to offer.
Have I mentioned that the playwright is somewhere in the jungles of the Congo reporting on human rights violations for the UN? I wonder how those rewrites are going?
Tomorrow is our first official rehearsal. We aim to have a strong grasp of what the F we are up to by the end of the month so we can put the whole thing together with vigour in February. Rehearsals are, of course, in Jimmy’s living room. This is one of the benefits of the one-man show.
On the creative end of things, the team had a long discussion the other night about whether or not we need a set designer. We didn’t get anywhere.
Maybe once we have a better idea of our resources and approach this time around, we’ll know whether we’re in over our heads in this element or not.
And publicity, oh publicity. What are the myriad of ways we can get people, and reviewers, whose reviews would bring more people out to see this one-man show at a venue nobody has heard of that we just invented? Publicity could have its own blog. But that may be too meta-narrative. We’d have to start a blog about having a blog.
But we do have a place . . . and a date . . . and an actor . . . and a script . . . so hey, the rest is just details, right?