It’s official, I’ve won the lottery. No I won’t be chauffered around in a Rolls Royce anytime soon. In fact, this lottery has already cost me $600 and has not paid me a cent and guess what? There will be even more costs to come. You’re probably wondering how a reasonably intelligent blogger type could have fallen for, what appears to be, some kind of scam. Nothing at all sketchy here friends.
I’ve won a spot in the Ottawa Fringe Festival. This is a festival that takes place in downtown Ottawa every June. The Fringe features short performances (less then an hour in length) for the accessible price of $10 a show +Fringe pin. What is particularly interesting about this festival, is that anyone who is willing to put up the $600 fee has a shot at getting in. The companies are chosen by lottery out of a large collection of applications (international in scope). There were many applicants this year and I was fortunate that my name was pulled from the hat.
I’ve had the directing/producing bug for awhile and this lottery win has given me the motivation to create my own company. I’ve decided to call it Current Productions. The company’s name is a play on words of sorts: I believe in putting on contemporary work by living artists. In other words, work that is current and “Current” is also my last name. Combining the two seemed like a no brainer. What do you think? Kind of catchy huh? It’s certainly easy to remember.
For our inaugural show the company will be putting on Prisoner’s Dilemma by local Ottawa playwright Sterling Lynch. Sterling has had a lot going on recently. His play Tangelico (a former Ottawa Fringe show) will be performed in Phoenix Arizona in conjunction with Cube With a View written by Mare Biddle. This looks like a fantastic evening. If you’re in that part of the world, I fully recommend checking it out.
Also a dramatic reading of Sterling’s award winning Home in Time will be the theatrical feature of the Cube Gallery’s next Cube Salon (Feb. 13). This play has been described by Sterling as the sister play to Prisoner’s Dilemma. Both plays deal with similar themes in a humourous, insightful, and unexpected manner. The Cube Salons are a lot of fun, a combination of music, poetry,and theatre by local artists with complimentary munchies. They are fantastic evenings and worth checking out.
So I have a script from an award winning playwright and a spot in the Fringe. What’s next? Watch this blog for more stories about my preparations for the Fringe Festival and my thoughts on running a brand new theatre company. This is going to be fun!