We've heard that Wendy Thatcher was pokin' for action at the Shaw Festival last weekend.
Actor Thatcher, a Shaw regular, raised $1,500 for her Scots-dialect production of Michel Tremblay's Hosanna, a lot of it from the sale of 10 chocolate penises that she dubbed "company members" and dedicated to specific ensemble performers.
In the spring, Thatcher's set to direct Hosanna at Buddies from a translation by Martin Bowman and Bill Findlay.
For the late-night fundraiser at the Shaw's Royal George Theatre, Thatcher organized Drag In A Bag At The Snag, inviting Kent Staines to revive his hard-boiled alter ego Lana Lust for the occasion. A best-drag prize went to Shaw performer Peter Krantz.
George Bernard Shaw must be spinning.
Can't hold that Carol Lempert back. First she won over Toronto audiences with her show That Dorothy Parker, which originated at the Toronto Fringe.
As reported here a few weeks ago, Lempert took the piece down to the San Francisco Fringe, where it was chosen from over 50 shows as Best of the Fringe -- and was held over this weekend beyond the festival's close.
To top it off, Lempert won a best solo drama award for her performance as the acid-penned and occasionally emotionally distraught Parker.
Dave Carley's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman finally opens at Fergus's Theatre on the Grand.
While Torontonians won't get to see it -- if the theatre gods are good, we will -- the production features a number of fine local actors.
Kim Kuhteubl and Stephen Guy-McGrath are in the cast, as are Kate Hemblen and Marjorie Wingrove, both of whom have performed other stage works by Carley. Also performing is Michael Waller, who directed Carley's Walking On Water last month at Peterborough's New Stages.
Stage management rarely gets the kudos it deserves, though sometimes a good stage manager holds a production together.
Fitting, then, that among the three people honoured by Canadian Actors' Equity Association last weekend was stage manager Winston Morgan, a 25-year theatre veteran. Organizer of training conferences for stage managers and developer of a well-thumbed reference book, the S.M.Arts Guidelines, Morgan received the Larry McCance Award for his service to Equity members.