PGC workshop: Linda Griffiths on visceral playwriting

Man, where is my head at these days?!

I was just reading Theatromania’s review of the New Ideas Festival week three program and nosing about some of their other posts – and was reminded of a very cool, fun and informative playwriting workshop I attended a week and a half ago: playwright Linda Griffiths on Visceral Playwriting. Jeez – guess I’ve been distracted by all the Alumnae work (blog coverage and set painting), as well as the day job.

Anyway. The workshop was organized by the folks at the Playwrights Guild of Canada as part of a series of workshops under the name The Locomotion. It was the first one I was able to attend and I had a blast.

And, because I’m exhausted (not to mention lazy) – and I really like their blog too – see the March 31st post on Theatromania for the details of the workshop:

I partnered with a really nice guy named Peter – and somehow managed to find the guts to get up and present his story, in character and with as much detail as possible (phrasing, body language, tone). And it was great! Folks in the group were very supportive and responsive, and I had a good time telling Peter’s story. I will not divulge his love story – but I will say that I enjoyed it very much, from a storytelling perspective, as well as from a personal perspective. It gave me hope.

I’ll be attending another Locomotion workshop this spring: with playwright Judith Thompson on How to Do Exceptional Readings of Your Own Scripts.

For more info on the PGC, check out their website:


New Ideas wrapped

Hey all – check out my recent post on the New Ideas Festival week three reading:

As I mention in that post, I got to see Two Weeks in Normandy a second time. Photo courtesy of playwright David Nicholson: Derek Perks and Linzee Barclay.

Re sexy moments in that play: Lovely chemistry between these two actors. And, I gotta say, I seriously loved actor Derek Perk’s lead-in to that kiss (and this coming from me). I’ve definitely gotta try that sometime.

Super moon

So did y’all catch that ginormous full moon on Saturday night? Man, she was beautiful! I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.

Didn’t manage to see it till I was on the road, travelling back to T.O. with my sister and bro-in-law after my nephew’s 12th birthday party in Burlington. It was hanging low in the sky at that point – and it hadn’t been dark out for long. And every time I looked away, I had to look back at it again.

And you know what the craziest thing was? One of the first things that popped into my head was that it looked like a giant, glowing communion wafer.

Just goes to show ya: you can take the girl outta the Catholic Church, but you can’t take the Catholic Church outta the girl.

Born This Way photo essay

About a week ago, I submitted a photo and essay to the Born This Way blog. You may have heard about this site in the news – it features photos of gay folks when they were children, along with short essays about the photo, their coming out experience, where they’re at today, their first same-sex celebrity crush and a message for gay youth. Here’s my photo essay, edited by the blog creator Paul V.:
And here’s the CNN coverage of the blog site:
If you, or anyone you know, is interested in submitting, visit: