June 6 – Lucas Myers

3 06 2011

Further UNO Fest interviews…

Sometimes when the going gets tough, all you can really do is build a deck…or so the non-existent saying that I just made up goes. In Deck: How I instigated Then Overcame an Existential Crisis through Home Improvement, Lucas Myers plays a mid-aged Day-Trader who gets fired from his downtown Vancouver job, and  decides to move with his children to BC’s interior to live as “radical homemakers.” This of course means making everything by hand – from soap to produce – and living completely off the land.

Being a socially awkward, mathematically inclined city fellow does not help Lucas out in the country, and he soon finds that the task at hand is larger than he imagined. Nevertheless, he becomes obsessed with building a deck that he sees as a symbol of his spiritual rebirth.

On stage Lucas ACTUALLY BUILDS a deck, getting audience members (including myself) to come up and help drill in the planks. This interactive format thrilled those in attendance, and the play was a hit.

Lucas sat down with Pat and myself after the play to chat about the performance, as well as discuss the current theater industry in rural BC.


May 30 – UNO FEST!…continued…

1 06 2011

What a week! The acting and quality of production have been standout throughout this festival. Justin Carter wowed audiences with his autobiographical performance in Son of Africville, and Mike Daisy held two packed crowds at the Metro theater in apt attention as he wove completely different and intriguing monologues over consecutive nights.

A special thanks to Sammie and the UNO festival organizers for making it such a great experience and putting on one hell of a festival!

May 23 – UNO FEST!

1 06 2011

For the next 10 days myself and Pat will be going to as many spoken word/comedy/drama performances as possible, and will be airing interviews with the actors for the next 2 episodes.

The performances are as varied as the actors themselves. Kicking off the festival are Morgan Brayton’s, Racoonery!, and TJ Dawe’s, Lucky 9. In Racoonery!, Brayton plays a variety of characters from a frenetic and excitable 5 year old who slowly loses control as an ice cream truck drives by without her being able to find money to purchase an ice cream, to a catty socialite who performs a narcissistic and revealing  monologue in the womens washroom, ranting about a co-worker she feels has wronged her over the years.

In Lucky 9 TJ Dawe describes his own personal journey in dealing with childhood trauma, and the books and people that influenced him along the way.

UNO Fest shows are selling out so contact the Intrepid Theater box office to get your tickets today!

April 18 – Easter Seals Mexico Bike Trip & Patrick Burwell, “2 Pianos 4 Hands”

1 06 2011

Its biking season! Sam Wade is biking from Victoria to Mexico to raise money for Shawnigan Lake Easter Seals Camp. Fresh off biking across Canada, Sam’s engine (bad metaphor) is still revved and hes ready to get on his way. I sat down to chat with Sam about why Easter Seals Camp means so much to him, what he’s learned from working there, and how he’s preparing for this epic journey!

“Sing us a Song, your the Piano Man!” – Playing this week at the Belfry theater is 2 Piano’s 4 hands, a coming age story about two burgeoning piano stars going through the ups and downs of intensive piano instruction. A heartfelt story filled with humor and wit, this is a must see production. I sat down with actor Patrick Burwell to hear first hand what it was like performing 2 Piano’s 4 Hands, and how his own piano development oddly mirrored the play’s fictional characters.

April 11 – Dr. Pilon, Election Predictions & Jared Giesbrecht, Victoria Green Party Candidate

1 06 2011

As one of the foremost researchers on electoral reform in Canada, Dr. Pilon always provides a unique perspective on the inner dynamics of canadian politics. And as THIS years – tongue in cheek – election gets under way, it was a perfect opportunity to glean some of Dr. Pilon’s insights into the campaign as it develops.

Paul Donaldson also interviews Victoria riding Green Party candidate Jared Giesbrecht, and asks him what he’s doing to get the green message out to Victoria constituents.

April 4 – Pharmaceutical Industry on Watch & Carrot Mob!

1 06 2011

Dr. Warburton, an associate professor of economics at the University of Victoria, discusses how pharmaceutical companies exaggerate their R&D costs, and how this makes prescription drugs more expensive. Big Pharma is one of the most powerful lobby groups in the world, and often very little attention gets paid to the exorbitant amounts of money these corporations are making. But when its our health on the line, governments and consumers rarely question how Big Pharma goes about its business, and this is to our detriment.

Carrot Mob! UVic business students teamed up with the Fernwood Inn to raise money for infrastructure upgrades that would make the establishment more environmentally sustainable. I sat down with organizers John Bailey and Derrick Juno over a pint of beer to discuss what Carrot Mob is, and why it’s changing the way businesses are viewing environmental sustainability.

March 28 – Otesha Project & Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society

1 06 2011

Emily Kay has her work cut out for herself. In October she will be biking thousands of km along the Sunshine coast, putting on theater productions in different communities to raise environmental awareness. As part of the Otesha Project, a youth led sustainability organization, Emily will team up with other bikers and perform for different communities along the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. They will be focusing everything from local and organic food systems, to water conservation. Emily’s enthusiasm and motivation were evident when I sat down with her. Tune in March 28th to hear more about the Otesha Project.

Samantha Rubin discusses “Where is Home,” a theater production put on by the Victoria and Refugee Society as well as the Enable Theater Project (ETP). The ETP gives young immigrants and refugees in the Victoria area an opportunity to share their stories.  Often its hard for these youth to integrate into North American Society, and this gives them a chance to let others know the culture and background they come from, as well as convey that they are just kids like everyone else.