Thursday, February 28, 2013

Us & Everything We Own: From the Playwright

Writing Us & Everything We Own has been a pretty challenging process. I knew the issues I wanted to address and also that I wanted to explore them through a young couple whose relationship was on the rocks... but I had no clue how to do that. I was inspired by some emotionally raw points in my life that, oddly enough, had a lot in common with each other: a failed relationship and my recent move from Vancouver to Toronto. Both involved insurmountable frustration with the world as I wanted it to be, and the way the world really is. 

Charlie, the main character, embodies this kind of righteous anger in his quest to start a business and build something on his own terms. However, like many young men today, he's got more ambition than talent so his chances for success are limited. Rachel, his girlfriend, experiences a similar challenge in her hunger for home ownership. Like Charlie, she's determined to be independent, but she's confronted with a housing market – not unlike Vancouver's – that prohibits young people from asserting that independence. The result, for both characters, is a kind of developmental limbo in life and neither one can stand it anymore. 

Even though I've crossed over the dreaded “30-year-old” mark, I still can't accept the limits imposed on young people by an older generation that cynically protects the status quo. I'm attracted to imperfect characters who run up against such cold doses of reality, and I'm inspired by those young people who don't blink when confronted with all-consuming failure. 

But heavy issues aside, I'm definitely pleased with how Us & Everything We Own hits the same balance between comedy and drama that we achieved with Prodigals. We're working hard to ensure this play is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. I'm looking forward to the premiere in April! 

- Sean Minogue, playwright 

Sean Minogue is a book geek who trained as a screenwriter for a career in theatre. A former bill collector, copywriter, treeplanter, and journalist, he wrote for YTV/Disney's "Kid vs Kat" animated series and was a finalist for The Malahat Review's Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize as well as the Austin Film Festival's screenplay competition. Us & Everything We Own is his second play.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Us & Everything We Own: IndieGoGo

Wow....25 days until we start rehearsals for the World Premiere production of Us & Everything We Own!

Production meeting have started, publicity photos have been taken, the poster has been proofed and sent of to the printer and while I wish we lived in a world where money would just magically grow on trees to pay for all of these thing that is sadly not the case.

So we are humbly asking for your help to raise enough money to make this production amazing-awesome-balls. Yep, that's a word.

Sean, the playwright, and I have come up with what we hope is a fun and creative way to show you all some love in return for showing us some love in our IndieGoGo Campaign for Us & Everything We Own going live today.

Please check it out and consider contributing to the success of what is sure to be another awesome production:

Love really does make magical things happen.

My undying love & gratitude,

 ~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

Monday, February 11, 2013

Us & Everything We Own: Cast

Adam Lolacher (Charlie) - Originally from Ottawa, Adam has been working steadily in theatre, film and tv across Canada. He is currently performing as Clint in Toronto’s Sterling Studio's production of The Glory Of Living by Rebecca Gillman and directed by Sophie Anne Rooney. Other recent theatre includes: Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (The Belfry), Ralphie in In The Boom Boom Room (Paige 18), Frankie in Birdbath (3 Dimes Down). Recent film & tv includes: “The Killing”, ”Fringe”, “Being Erica”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Stargate: Atlantis”, “Plating”. Adam is represented by Nigel Mikoski at Integral Artists.

Julie McIsaac (Rachel) – A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Julie’s recent work includes upcoming Mother Teresa is Dead and The Spitfire Grill (Ovation award), both at Pacific Theatre. Other credits: As You Like It (Citadel), The Tempest and Titus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), The Real Thing (Belfry/Arts Club), and The Shape of Things (Twenty Something). With the Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-op: Edgar in King Lear, Ophelia in Hamlet (Jessie award nom.). As a director: Ordinary Days and The Exquisite Hour (both for Relephant Theatre), Countryside Christmas (CTF).

Genevieve Fleming (Erin) - Genevieve is glad to be back onstage with Twenty Something, having last appeared with the company in SubUrbia in 2008. Currently at the Citadel Theatre where she’s playing Sybil in Private Lives, Genevieve is the Associate Director of Hardline Productions, for which she directed 500 Days to Mars (Studio 58), Coercion (Neanderthal Arts Festival), Never Swim Alone, and Twelve Angry Men. Upcoming projects include the imminent release of Hardline's first short film, Letters from a Stone Cold Killer. Genevieve is a graduate of Studio 58.

Jason Clift (Simon)- Jason is a Vancouver based actor and graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training program. His selected credits include Peter in The Zombie Syndrome (The Virtual Stage), Man 2 in the Canadian premiere of Love Stories (Kinetichism) and Tom in Jitters (Belfry Theatre). He can be seen occasionally on television and enjoys playwriting in his spare time.