Writer

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Michael as Marshall McLuhan in “The Illumination of Marshall McLuhan” – Baffin Island Productions – April 2002 – Video >

I studied Play-writing at the Banff School of Fine Arts (1982) and the University of Alberta (1984- 1986).

I’ve been telling stories since 1980. I write so that I always have a project to work on. I can’t always wait for others to hire me; sometimes I have to make my own work.

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April 2002 in Edmonton, Alberta, Baffin Island Productions Cooperative staged my multi-media rock opera, The Illumination of Marshall McLuhan. This beast of a play had a cast of 15, 12 in the crew, 3 designers, a five piece rock band and was nominated for two Sterling Theatre awards in Edmonton. Our Dramaturge on the project, Robin Whittaker, has written a scholarly paper about this play for Theatre Research in Canada. Postmodern DisPlay: Staging the Mind of Marshall McLuhan: http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/tric/article/view/9690/9748.

The Illumination of Marshall McLuhan – YouTube. View the whole play and musical interludes.

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My black comedy, The Happy Anarchist, was produced by the Happy Anarchist Equity Cooperative, April 2003 in Vancouver, BC. The play was set in a coffee house in Amsterdam and we did a site-specific staging in the New Amsterdam Café.

From 1987-2001 I worked with Lynette Maurice and Cindi Zuby creating interactive audience participation shows which played at The Edmonton Street Performer’s Festival and the Banff Springs Hotel. My favourite interactive performances include: The Ugly Duckling (2001), Why are There Rainbows? (1999) and The Melancholy Queen (1998- 7). I have also created site-specific collective-process interactive shows for Fringe Theatre Adventure’s Kids Fringe.

I wrote specific works for the talents in my band, Big Inc. Beside writing lyrics for over 50 songs, (8 of which were recorded) I also wrote plays and gig scenarios for the musicians to perform. Favourite Big Inc. productions include: Elvis in Wonderland (1993) and the Big Inc. Revival Hour (1992), which featured a dozen hard-rocking original songs, The Pope with Nuns and Priests on guitar and drums and a sword fight between the Pope and the Devil for the souls of the assembled multitude.

My current writing projects include: A screenplay, “Love Under Will”, which you could say is like Juno meets Rosemary’s Baby. A stage play, “Meet For Meat” which is about our society’s ambivalence towards producing and consuming meat.

 

 

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