Connor O’Hegarty, Cate McKim, Patrick Brown & Andrew Batten in Lady Windermere’s Fan (Alumnae Theatre, 2007). Photo by Duncan McAllister.
It’s now been a week since we lost our friend and theatre colleague—former lawyer, beloved teacher, and talented actor and playwright Andrew Batten. I posted this on Facebook and Twitter last week, and thought I’d repost here:
I met Andrew Batten while working on a show at Alumnae Theatre in the Fall of 2006, when we were rehearsing Lady Windermere’s Fan (Jan – Feb 2007); he played Dumby and I played Cecil Graham. He was a delight to work with; whip-smart, wicked sense of humour and a twinkle in those piercing blue eyes. And he looked damn good in white tie and tails.
He had so much love around him and his light will be missed. Honoured and happy to be acting in the upcoming production of his play The Sad Blisters (April 12-27 at The Commons). This one’s for you and your love Debbie, Andrew.
Photo: Esther Thibault (from her wedding)
Poking my head out of hiatus to jump onto the blog with details of Glass Hammer Productions’ upcoming run of Andrew Batten’s The Sad Blisters, directed by Victoria Shepherd, and featuring Bonnie Gray, Andrea Lyons, Anne McDougall, myself and Esther Thibault.
It’s a hilarious, poignant dramedy about family, memory, love—and a wedding!
The Sad Blisters runs April 12-27 at The Commons (587a College St., Toronto). Performances run Thur/Fri/Sat at 8pm, with matinees Sat & Sun at 2pm. Running time: approx. 80 mins. Tickets: $20 regular; $15 student/senior/arts worker. CASH ONLY at the door.
Check the Facebook event page for more info, photos and wedding anecdotes, as well as advance ticket purchase (Brown Paper Tickets link pending as of this posting; in the meantime, there’s a reservations email).
I’m honoured and happy to be working with this team of amazing, talented theatre artists. Hope you can join us!
Shortly before the holiday, I sat on the other side of the interview table with Phil Rickaby of Stageworthy Podcast as we chatted about theatre and the life with more cowbell blog. Thanks, Phil – I had a blast!
The interview is about an hour long; give it a listen here.
Photo by Lisa MacIntosh, taken outside Alumnae Theatre.
It’s Zombie Walk day in Toronto! So the perfect day for this post.
Now that I Hate Todd’s debut single “Zombie Love” has been officially released on YouTube, I’d like to share some behind the scenes photos I took during our two days of shooting. With thanks to the amazing Lizzie Violet for the complete list of the peeps involved and the WordPress slideshow 411.
But first, some credits:
I Hate Todd
Capucine Adria Onn
Nick Shaw (aka Verona)
Matt Bradford of ZombieCast