Posts tagged ‘Theatre Rusticle’

October 20, 2013

Sunday Roundup – October 20

Shows closing, events happening, shows opening – a good week!

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Last matinée for Dinner at Seven Thirty today and your last chance to see it. I’d say that it was easily one of the most physically beautiful shows I’ve worked on in a while – and I worked with Opera Atelier for years.

The Rise of Online Video

You Can Sleep When You’re Dead opens this Thursday – part choose your own adventure, part be terrified in Campbell House, it’s a reminder that Halloween is upon us and though there are many Halloween offerings, I am pretty sure this is the only one that is not just a play, and not just a haunted house – it’s a fantastic combination of both. Go see.

Wrecking Ball #15 Presents… For Russia With (Gay) Love

dirty butterfly from the folks at Bound to Create goes into previews on the 30th – it’s an incredibly powerful piece by Jamaican playwright Debbie Tucker Green and the B2C folks are giving it a thought-provoking re-envisioning from their smash hit run at the 2011 Toronto Fringe. Get some tickets.

Siminovitch Prize will be announced tomorrow night – need I say more?

Happy Sunday!

October 18, 2013

Wrecking Ball #15 Presents… For Russia With (Gay) Love

wb15Because Theatre Rusticle’s Dinner at Seven Thirty is happening at Buddies in Bad Times (only til the 20th!), I’ve been working a fair bit with the fine folks who populate that venue. Buddies has always been a favourite and now even more so.  On their behalf I offer you:

Wrecking Ball #15 Presents…For Russia With (Gay) Love

Presented in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Inspired by Zee Zee Theatre’s “NYET: A Cabaret of Concerned Canadians” taking place in Vancouver on the same night!

 Canada’s hottest Queer and Allied artists perform a Perestroika of “non traditional (artistic) relations” for one night only in protest of Russia’s new anti-gay legislation.

In May 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin ushered in new anti-gay legislation that has received public outcry worldwide.  The Wrecking Ball stands in solidarity, presenting new work by esteemed queer and allied playwrights from across the country including:

Ronnie Burkett, Dave Deveau, Catherine Hernandez, Shawn Macdonald, Daniel MacIvor, Sonja Mills, George F. Walker and Marcus Youssef.

Directed by:  Steven Bush, Esther Jun, Erica Kopyto, Moynan King,
Sue Miner
and Gein Wong

And Performed by some of Toronto’s hottest actors!

Special sneak-peak performance by The Gay Heritage Project (Damian Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir)

Join The Wrecking Ball and Ally, Zee Zee Theatre, in a ONE NIGHT ONLY nation-wide protest to ring through to the bells of St. Petersburg!

SUNDAY OCTOBER 27th 2013
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 
| 12 Alexander Street, Toronto.
Box Office opens at 12:30pm
Show starts at 8:00pm.
Pay what you can. No advanced sales.
Proceeds from this event will go to the Actors’ Fund of Canada
#WB15 thewreckingball.ca

About The Wrecking Ball

In Wrecking Ball #15, a selection of Toronto’s most relevant and daring playwrights will have one week to create a play, and directors and performers will have one week to rehearse works connected to the Issue of Russia’s new (and escalating) anti-gay policies and the questions and issues it has raised.

Founded by director Ross Manson and playwright Jason Sherman in 2003, The Wrecking Ball has been the premiere event in Canada for showcasing political works for a decade. As the birthplace of new plays by Hannah Moscovitch, Michael Healey, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Erin Shields, Judith Thompson, Colleen Wagner, David Yee, Bea Pizano, Tara Beagan, and Sky Gilbert to name a few – there is no other event like it challenging theatre artists to respond to and address the vox populi.

On the occasion of the previous two Federal elections The Wrecking Ball went National; with ‘Wrecking Balls’ hosted by theatre artists in most major cities across the country.

In both 2008 and 2011 these pan-Canadian dramatic responses to our politics garnered widespread national media attention. The Wrecking Ball is no longer a Toronto phenomenon, but an autonomous theatrical movement joined by a desire to explore current political questions, issues, desires and dreams upon the stage.

September 30, 2013

Sunday Roundup on a Monday – it’s hotting up around here

Missed yesterday’s round-up, so here you go.

Also realized that starting Monday, we have a show or event a week opening for the next month and Arts Day at the City and on the Hill coming up in November. Which is AWESOME on many levels, but consider this an apology for what might be less frequent blog postings. If you want to see what I’m working on, and the superduper shows and the people involved you can look here.

We’re halfway through our course at Ryerson on marketing for the arts and tomorrow is the last in a series of three workshops I’ve been doing with DTRC/AHA. It has been a great opportunity to work closely and consistently with some good artists doing good events. Thanks to DTRC and AHA for the opportunity.

I will write as often as I can. (that sounds very Civil War era, but you know what I mean)

Now then!

Man, Is it Monday

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Siminovitch Prize, the GAME and Urban Planning for Women

September 27, 2013

Siminovitch Prize, the GAME and Urban Planning for Women

title_home_01bMany are under the impression that the Siminovitch Prize had to end in 2012. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated, new partnerships have been forged and it is ON for 2013 at the same prize levels. Click here to read more, and expect to hear more from me as I am doing the PR and promotions for it. Delighted.

NINE days. NINE days until the GAME takes over Theatre Passe Muraille, lots of interaction on the FB event page so we certainly expect to see you there! Website for more info on just who exactly is involved.

And finally for a Friday an interesting article about how Vienna focused its urban planning on the needs of women. “In 1999, city planners asked residents to fill out a survey about how they use public transportation, and found stark gender divides in how people spent their time—and therefore how they used the city.” Read more

Am off to the library to get this, then off to a meeting, then off to Buddies to shoot video of part of the set install for Dinner at Seven Thirty then to Tarragon to see The Best Brothers. Happy Friday!

September 18, 2013

Definitely a working week

20120912-t5i4uya36i8p3bwy4ima9n8pkdThings are humming along here at Sue Edworthy Arts Planning!

I was teaching last night at DTRC/AHA – the basics of social media. A dozen great participants who weren’t afraid to ask questions and get answers. One told me that she had taken three other “intro to social media” workshops and gotten more out of this one than the other three. Which is a LOVELY thing to hear and confirms you might be doing something right.

I thought about it a bit more on my way home and came to a conclusion – I think it’s that even though we spend time on the nuts and bolts (this is a hashtag, this is how long a tweet can be, this is an event page) we spend an equal amount of time on the why. Why are we doing this? Why does it make sense to tweet closer to the show date and post on the website earlier? Why do we want to talk to certain people about our work, and how do we want to talk to them (and how do they want to be talked to?)

I’m a why person. I need to know why I’m doing something in order to wrap my head around doing it. And I apparently teach accordingly. At any rate, a great night, and there are two more classes coming up – you can take one or take both. Next week we’re moving into tools and strategy, and the following week we’re getting into your projects. That one’s a limited class size, and participants can bring in the social media/marketing plans for a project they’re working on and we’ll go through it, tweaking and tightening and “you know what you could do?”-ing.
Here’s the info to sign up.

Lisa is off shooting the start of promo videos for Theatre Rusticle, and yesterday was creating the new teaser image for The Game – the playwrights are being announced.  I’m working out the kinks in onetwothree press releases today and creating eblasts.  Summer is over and the  season is upon us!

September 8, 2013

Sunday Roundup – September 8

And here we go. But first!

I follow an interesting blog called Seven Sentences – it’s just that – once a day, seven sentences on a topic. Last week there was one on Greatness and it stuck with me.

Greatness is NOT about perfection, it’s about the purity of voice and the singleness of action.

Yet it is not about “self” either, greatness is best defined by the impact that it has on others.
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I would add one thing – unless you realize the sheer amount of work it takes to be great, unless you are willing to commit to that – then please be content with being good or even really good. Because great? Takes more than talk or wishing. Great takes work.

ONWARD – it was a sort week so there you go.

Sunday Roundup on a Tuesday

A Day of Arts PSAs

No Need to Fall Back into the Arms of the Person Behind You

We’re also in the midst of  updating the  Current Projects page (fall is looking fantastic for cool stuff to work on) and we have a new page called PFAQS .

Happy fall!

 

September 4, 2013

A Day of Arts PSAs

Sorry I’m  late, I had a meeting.

Today’s all about PSAs since school has started and here we are. Cool stuff, upcoming stuff, art stuffs. Let’s begin, shall we?

Love these folks.
Zed.TO Case Study. How to Start a Content Revolution…Design the Future

These folks too.
Storybook Confidential: A Big Benefit for Small Print Toronto

Reminder that Theatre Rusticle has moved from a Facebook group to a brand new page. Go and give it a like.

Registration is open for unConference 2013!

and finally – Because it’s less than 30 degrees with humidex it seems appropriate that the Toronto Fringe has announced a fantastic lineup for the Next Stage Festival 2014 and that the Fringe Lottery Applications will be available Sept 19!

Have a good day all.

August 27, 2013

What Is THE GAME, client PSAs and Who’s Using What

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Release just went out for an upcoming event – THE GAME.

Click the image to find out what it is, when it is and how much fun it’s going to be as an event!

 

 

A reminder that the fine folks over at Theatre Rusticle have a new Facebook page and are phasing out their group page in the run up to Dinner at 730 this fall – head on over and give them a like because that’s where we’re putting everything from now on.

Good article here on Which Social Media Site you should use for business

I have an agree/disagree with it – “Which social media sites should you be using? All of them, or at least you should sign up for all of them. It’s always a good idea to reserve your name, even if you do not intend to be very active on the site.”

Absolutely agree that you should reserve your name, it’s one of the first things I do when a newfangled social media option comes out. Disagree that you should be using “all of them” – unless you have someone whose job that is, and that’s all. The folks I work with have a ridiculous number of other things to do, including creating the art that their using social media to promote. My rule is – pick something. Pick something that works for your style of work, style of update and do it. Always loved Steamwhistle Brewing’s statement: “Do one thing really, really well.
Know your abilities, know the time you have, know your interest.  Find what suits you. Know what you can handle and maintain. If you do not enjoy writing, it makes no sense to say you’re going to have a blog and post every day. You won’t.  And folks trying to follow you will dismiss your blog when they get there and the last update was three months ago. Ditto a year old twitter account with 23 followers and a tweet from last winter.

You don’t have to do everything. You have to do something. And you need to do it well. And further to a previous post Who are Your People? you need to take it a step further and figure out WHERE are your people? (I might expand on that one in another post). Time for an infographic – thanks to Justin Beach for the article linked above and this masterpiece below.  It may seem to be rather general – but general is where you start. Then hone in.

Which-demographics-use-what-social-media

 

July 28, 2013

Sunday Roundup – July 28

Things are ramping back up again for the fall, and I’m starting to work on shows with Bound to Create Theatre and Obsidian Theatre and Theatre Rusticle and Modern Times Stage Company, and adding in a three-part social media workshop with DTRC/Artist’s Health Centre this fall and teaching at Ryerson again, also in fall and putting a few more irons in the fire for September.

A reminder It’s Always You has two more shows as part of Best Fringe up at the TCA. And then that’s it!

Last week was a bit of a visual and aural week, as words weren’t quite doing it for me. Here you go!

Live Love Art… Vive l’amour de l’art…

art and architecture and music – paintings and places to read and listen to this

it’s the LabCab Festival: Parkdale!

What Should I Read Next? Here You Go!

Quick video to remind us that even things that are possible the dullest thing to watch can benefit from a good ad. Love it.

July 19, 2013

When Junk E-mail Isn’t, or New Friends at Taipei National University of the Arts

7120770827_79d72e7698_oFun fact to start with – I always scan my spam. At least what’s visible in the subject line, or the snippet of the first paragraph.

First para of an email received a few weeks ago: “Hope this e-mail finds you well. This is Priscilla from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan. Right now I’m the teaching assistant of International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (IMCCI) in TNUA.”

Sure you are. Delete.

 

First para of an email received a few days after that. “Hope this e-mail finds you well. This is Priscilla from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan. Right now I’m the teaching assistant of International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (IMCCI) in TNUA.  I sent an e-mail on June 24th, but I’m afraid there’s some problem with my e-mail because I haven’t received any reply yet.

Good lord what kind of spam list am I on? DELETE.

Facebook page message received shortly after:  “Hope this e-mail finds you well. This is Priscilla from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan. Right now I’m the teaching assistant of International Master of the Arts Program in Cultural and Creative Industries (IMCCI) in TNUA.”

Well now you’ve found me in two places. And your name is Priscilla, and that’s kind of a cool name. Okay, I’ll bite. Abridged version of conversation below:

Hello Priscilla,  I am glad you found me – I do not run a physical office space but would be happy to have an afternoon chat at a cafe with Mr Lu sometime during the time he is here. Please go ahead and confirm that, and we can make arrangements. What sort of information is Mr. Lu looking for?

Hi Sue, Thanks for your reply and offer. For the afternoon chat, July 18th may be the best option for Mr. Lu. If it doesn’t work, July 16th is also ok.  Please let me know your preference, thank you. Mr. Lu from IMCCI will visit Canada art organizations. He would like to visit Sue Edworthy Arts Planning and know how art consulting companies help young artists.

Hi Priscilla,The 18th will be fine, I’ll book some space.  3 pm works perfectly.  I suggest we meet at the restaurant at the Gladstone Hotel, it’s one of my favourite places to work. www.gladstonehotel.com thank you Sue

So 3 pm yesterday found me at the Gladstone Hotel, sipping an iced tea and awaiting the arrival of the mysterious Mr. Lu from Taipei.
And arrive he did, with his EA Catherine. And we talked for two hours straight.

We talked about Charles Landry, about TAPA, Day at the City and Day on the Hill, about marketing and PR for artists and organizations, the billboard tax, tag graffitti vs murals,  They expressed amazement and delight about how we’ll put art anywhere we can, that the Fringe Club is in a parking lot and sometimes shows take place in a car or a shed, that empty convenience store across the way is home to an art show as we speak.

We talked about how neighbours sometimes don’t want artists around, the issues Artscape went through with the Barns, the issues TaiPei was having with their Artist Village. Same issues a world away.  We spoke about common language, how to figure out what someone would value about art and then speak to them on that level.

We talked about the students he is teaching, and how experience, contacts and love for art is indeed universal when it comes to getting a job in the arts. We talked about Expect Theatre, Theatre Rusticle, Obsidian Theatre, contemporary dance and visual art.

We had a fantastic time. They loved the Gladstone, and the staff  were their usual awesome selves, taking us to see a couple of the artist-designed rooms, giving history of the building, the elevator and more (thanks Gladstone!).

And then off they went  – they’d spent the time before meeting me walking along West Queen West, and now they were off to the Island, and the Distillery tomorrow.  If I’m ever in Taipei, I’m to let them know so I can come talk to Mr. Lu’s students.

Hi Priscilla,  A thank you to let you know what a pleasure it was to meet with Mr. Lu and his EA Catherine – we had a wonderful chat about art and culture and support for these things in a city.
Many thanks for your determinedness in setting up this meeting – also please thank him for the lovely gift, it was very kind of him.
Sincere best regards,
Sue
PS the link below might be of interest to Mr. Lu as an excellent example of community projects that embrace the arts.
Call For Artists – Council Endorses Pan-Am Path 37-1

Hi Sue, No problem! I’ll forward this website to Mr. Lu and let him know you love the gift. I’ve just done my job and what I have to do. It’s you who is willing to offer this opportunity to meet with Mr. Lu! I really appreciate your help and kindness
Best wishes to you and everything.
Priscilla

Sometimes SPAM – isn’t.

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