Remembering Carlin Belof

Carlin was in her mid-teens and I was in my early 20s when we first met, both students at Theatre Aquarius Summer Theatre School in Hamilton, Ontario during the mid-80s—and I remember being struck by her focus, maturity and talent. An old, creative soul, she was already writing songs that were melodic, poignant and catchy;Continue reading “Remembering Carlin Belof”

Former high school pals reunite to solve an old, gruesome mystery in the dark, macabre, thoughtful Swan

Finish what you start. Little Black Afro Theatre joins forces with Filament Incubator for a production of Aaron Jan’s Swan, directed by Jan and dramaturged by Lucy Powis; and opening last night to a packed house in the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Backspace. As we enter the theatre and settle into our seats, the playingContinue reading “Former high school pals reunite to solve an old, gruesome mystery in the dark, macabre, thoughtful Swan”

A little birthday #tbt – Born at the Drive-in

I posted this last year and thought it would be fitting to pop out of hiatus momentarily to repost. Inspired by a true event that happened today back in 1963, here’s Born at the Drive-in. I was born at the drive-in. That’s born, not conceived. My parents were, and still are, good Catholics of theContinue reading “A little birthday #tbt – Born at the Drive-in”

Boys to men in raw, darkly funny & thoughtful look at losing, friendship & fundraising in Rowing

Went to a new, alternative rehearsal/performance venue last night to see the opening of Then They Fight’s production of Aaron Jan’s Rowing (directed by Jan) last night at The Fort Studios (1425 Yonge St.). Despondent, enraged, frustrated and humiliated over a loss, the four young men of the Westdale rowing team sit in their sharedContinue reading “Boys to men in raw, darkly funny & thoughtful look at losing, friendship & fundraising in Rowing”

Short fiction – Born at the Drive-in

Hey all – One of my goals for 2015 (and for some time now) is to write more short fiction. Here’s a piece I recently submitted to the Toronto Star short story contest; it didn’t make the top three, but I thought you might get a kick out of it. Here’s Born at the Drive-in.Continue reading “Short fiction – Born at the Drive-in”