Here are some highlights that have emerged out of the chaos.
Our Ghosts. My new script! Inspired by the true story of the disappearance of a jet and its two pilots, one of whom was my father. About a woman’s lifelong quest to find her husband; the ripple effects of his disappearance; and learning how to live with our ghosts. 2018 honours: semi-finalist, Ashland New Plays Festival; selected for presentation, Women Playwrights International Conference, Santiago, Chile; listed for publication, Scirocco Drama. Our Ghosts awaits its premiere.
Our Golden Years. My short and not-so-sweet dark comedy about love in the ‘golden years’ was named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Little Black Dress INK Festival which took it to Milwaukee. Still awaiting news on Festival finalists.
Polly and The Penthouse: A Spirited Musical. Thrilled to report that this musical is finally coming to life! I’m writing book and lyrics and Britt MacLeod is composing. Commissioned by Fugue Theatre, Polly and the Penthouse is in development with Fugue and Touchstone Theatre and the Penthouse Nightclub. On track to premiere 2019/20 at the Penthouse.
Spinning You Home. Delighted to direct my script for Spinners Collective at the Vancouver Fringe Festival and work again with actors Sarah Roa and Simon Webb. Both were on the team behind the 2016 Pick of the Fringe production of And Bella Sang With Us. Spinning You Home celebrates love that defies death, a haunting chapter in BC history and the power of storytelling.
Simon Webb Photo by Mits Naga
The Centurions Project. Autumn 2017 director Lynna Goldhar Smith and I embarked on an exciting new venture, working with a talented group of youth to explore possibilities central to my script Centurions in a community engagement project. We were awarded a Boca del Lupo Theatre Residency in the spring of 2018 and then offered a co-production and 2019 premiere at Evergreen Theatre and Cultural Centre. So grateful! Onward.
Syrah Khan Photo by Mits Naga
Underbelly. Working on a TV series pilot and season package which are inspired by Canada’s – and Vancouver’s – first women police officers and my play And Bella Sang With Us.
I’m thrilled to announce that the And Bella Artists Collective is celebrating our amazing journey working on my little play that could – And Bella Sang With Us – at the Jessie Awards next Monday night. The production was nominated for Outstanding Direction by Sarah Rodgers and Ian Harmon and Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor by Sarah May Redmond. Sarah played Bella Boychuk and Gertrude Crane in our Vancouver Fringe Festival production. Congratulations and thank you to our nominees and to all the talented and passionate artists involved in our production at the 2016 Fringe and the remount at the Firehall Arts Centre in January 2017! It’s been a joy!
Congratulations, too, to all this season’s Jessie Award nominees!
Photo: Leanna Brodie as Constable Harris, Sarah May Rdmond as Bella Boychuk and Sarah Louise Turner as Constable Miller. Set design and photo: Brian Ball.
Photo by Emily Cooper. From Left: Leanna Brodie as Constable Harris & Sarah Louise Turner as Constable Miller.
Thanks Vancouver for your vote of confidence! And Bella Sang With Us runs at the Firehall Arts Centre from January 4 to 14, 2017. For tickets & information please click here.
I’d like to thank a few of the many people involved in getting this beautiful production of my play to the Firehall.
Thank you Donna Spencer and the Firehall team for inviting And Bella into your home.
Big thanks to artists Sarah May Redmond, Sarah Roa, Matt Grinke, Patricia Jiang and Kenta Nezu who did outstanding work on our Pick of the Vancouver Fringe production, but were unfortunately unable join us this time around.
Thanks to Amanda Testini for bringing her sharp choreography to our Fringe production. And for doing so again.
And here’s to the new and returning Company members who are now working their magic to bring And Bella Sang With Us back to life. They are:
Direction: Sarah Rodgers with Ian Harmon
Stage Management: Breanne Harmon
Fight Direction: Derek Metz
Actors: Leanna Brodie (Constable Harris); Agnes Tong (Mai Ji/Joseph); Sarah Louise Turner (Constable Miller); Simon Webb (Constable Fields/Daniel Crane/Connor O’Rourke); Beatrice Zeilinger (Bella Boychuk/Gertrude Crane)
Piano Player: Patrick Courtin
Costume Design: Barbara Clayden
Set Design: Brian Ball
Lighting Design: Kyla Gardiner
Playwright/Producer: Sally Stubbs
To see artist bios and head shots please click on the link to the COMPANY page.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Firehall in the New Year!
Fringe 2016 production of AND BELLA SANG US. Left to right: Sarah Roa, Leanna Brodie, Sarah Louise Turner, Simon Webb, Sarah May Redmond.
Hey Vancouver! Did you miss And Bella Collective’s beautiful production of my script AND BELLA SANG WITH US at the Vancouver Fringe Festival? The one that played to sold-out houses and was named PICK OF THE FRINGE. Well, you’re in luck!
And Bella Collective has been invited to bring our production of AND BELLA to the Firehall Arts Centre in the New Year. The show opens there on January 4th and closes on January 14th, 2017.
For more detailed information about the show and the team – we have a few new artists joining us – please check back soon. Also for information and tickets: www.firehallartscentre.ca.
Are you tired of seeing men in all the quirky, action-packed lead roles on our stages? And Bella Sang With Us, a fast-paced historical drama about women, features breathtaking fights between flawed women, fights that have been choreographed by a very talented man. A man who is not afraid to don a skirt in the service of his work. Thank you, Derek Metz!
Derek Metz, a Jessie award nominated and winning actor, as well as nominated producer, is enjoying a resurgence as fight choreographer. Other ‘scraps’ guided by Metz: West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars), Macbeth (Pound of Flesh), Cowboy King (Caravan). The reason Derek became an actor was, in large part, due to Simon Webb (playing Constable Fields, Alderman Crane, and Connor O’Rourke in And Bella Sang With Us) and he is relishing this opportunity to work with his acting idol! We are relishing the opportunity to work with Derek.
In rehearsal above from left to right: Sarah May Redmond as Bella Boychuk, Leanna Brodie as Constable Harris and Derek Metz as, well, Fight Choreographer.
And Bella Sang With Us, written by Sally Stubbs and directed by Sarah Rodgers with Ian Harmon, runs at the Vancouver Fringe from September 9 to 17. Tickets are moving fast. For information or to purchase tickets click Here.
Stay tuned for our next post featuring actor/dancer/choreographer Amanda Testini.
CONSTABLE HARRIS: Look around. How many of these doorways are fronts for somethin’ foul? Prostitution, gamblin’, narcotics. This is war.
Leanna Brodie and Sarah Louise Turner in rehearsal for And Bella Sang With Us.
Brodie, as Constables Harris, and Turner, as Constable Miller, get a good look at Vancouver’s Dupont Street (now East Pender St.) in Chinatown, 1912.
And Bella Sang With Us opens at the Vancouver Fringe Festival on September 9. For information & tickets click: Here.