Date: 2007 April

April 12, 2007, by
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Ready, Set, Life!
This is the Rest of Your Life!
written and performed by Geoff Kolomayz
directed by Alison Lynne Ward

Quarter Life Crisis
written and performed by Alison Lynne Ward
directed by Geoff Kolomayz

Showtimes:
April 13th @ 8pm
14th @ 5pm and 8pm
15th @ 2pm
April 20th @ 8pm
21st @ 5pm and 8pm
22nd @ 2pm

Location:
Diesel Playhouse
56 Blue Jay Way, Toronto, Canada
416.971.5656

Tickets $15
can be purchased at Diesel Playhouse Box office

Assistant Director: Stephen Low
Co-producers: Sedina Fiati, Geoff Kolomayz, Alison Lynne Ward
Photography: Mark Kneeshaw
Graphic Design: Dale Wells
Lighting Design: Geoff Kolomayz
Stage Management: Michael P. Taylor
April 4, 2007, by
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Theatre – through the actor’s technique, his art in which the living organism strives for higher motives – provides an opportunity for what could be called integration, the discarding of masks, the revealing of the real substance: a totality of physical and mental reactions.

This opportunity must be treated in a disciplined manner, with a full awareness of the responsibilities it involves. Here we can see the theatre’s therapeutic function for people in our present day civilization. It is true that the actor accomplishes this act, but he can only do so through an encounter with the spectator – intimately, visibly, not hiding behind a cameraman, wardrobe mistress, stage designer or make-up girl – in direct confrontation with him, and somehow instead ofhim.

The actor’s act – discarding half measures, revealing, opening up, emerging from himself as opposed to closing up – is an invitation to the spectator. This act could be compared to an act of the most deeply rooted, genuine love between two human beings – this is just a comparison since we can only refer to this emergence from oneself through analogy. This act, paradoxical and borderline, we call a total act. In our opinion it epitomizes the actor’s deepest calling.

Jerzy Grotowski
Towards a Poor Theatre, 1968
April 2, 2007, by
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A quick shoutout to Greg Dunham a Praxis Theatre alumnai who made his feature film debut this past weekend in the critically acclaimed new film The Lookout.

You might remember Greg from our Partrons Pick-winning production The Blood of a Coward at the 2004 Toronto Fringe Festival:

He was winning raves even back then:

“Greg Dunham and Erin King do wonderful work as the aging writer and his young alter ego, as other figures (including Bukowskis parents) stream by.”
Alex Bozikovic, from his Eye Weekly review of The Blood of a Coward.

Heres the poster from the new film (thats Greg in the top-right frame):


“Scuzzball No. 2 . . . is Bone (Greg Dunham), a longhaired, trench-coated killer who looks like a Matrix character played by Sam Shepard.”
Matt Zoller Seitz, from his New York Times review of The Lookout.

A group of us went to see the film this past weekend. Please pardon the unsolicited gushing: Dunham rocks!