For anyone who wants to track our adventure with the ZERO budget journey, start at the bottom of this blog and work your way to the top. I am PROUD to say that we ended up producing the ENTIRE show for absolutely no money... We even managed to get flyers donated to us, and some nice Eye Weekly preview press without hiring a publicist...
I'm not sure I would do the no budget thing again - as it certainly complicates mundane transactions like buying batteries or renting a moving van - but it definitely was creatively satisfying...
Here are a few things you need to know:
1. The best way to find our location is to go to Givins/Queen (1 block East of Ossington). We're pretty much right at the corner, so just look for the people congregrating...
2. The best way to guarantee yourself a seat is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Just simply tell us what night you want to come, and we'll reserve you tix. Shows are Tue - Sat @ 8pm for $10, and Sunday PWYC @ 2:30pm. We open tonight (Sept 17), and close Oct 4!
3. Here is a link to Eye Weekly recommending our show by calling us a BEST BET.
4. Any other questions, e-mail email@example.com
5. As demanded by our audience, we have decided to creatively solve our program problem by posting our program online (here and on the Facebook group "3 Plays About Toronto Theatre"). Thanx for supporting us, and we'll see you in the theatre!!
Writer/director: Bobby Del Rio
Producer/stage manager: Jason Morneau
Cast (alphabetical order):
Ryan Moleiro - MICHEL in Plagiarism, JONATHON in Fringe Show
Jessica Salgueiro - SALLY in Schmoozers, actor in Plagiarism
Jonathan Shatzky - MARK in Schmoozers, VICTOR in Plagiarism, HOWARD in Fringe Show
Julie Tesolin - JANET in Fringe Show, GINA in Schmoozers
Bahia Watson - MARIE in Plagiarism, SANDY in Fringe Show
K Trevor Wilson - DANNY in Schmoozers, actor in Plagiarism
Playwright’s note: “These plays are sorta based on actual people, and sorta based on no one in particular. Just laugh, people. Just laugh.” -BDR
Thank you from the playwright/director: Cast and crew (especially Jay Morneau for cooking), Ben Blais and Red One Theatre (for staging all those readings for me – thanx too to all the great actors who performed at Sing For Your Supper in Toronto and Montreal), all those actors/directors who helped me do readings in various random living rooms (Absit Omen, in particular), Bill Lane and Factory Theatre (for the encouragement, development and the money), Alessya Q (for always supporting me – I love you, pretty), Derrick Chua, Gideon Arthurs and the Toronto Fringe Festival, Amanda Lynne Ballard, Angela Argento, everyone I’ve ever loved or hated working in the Toronto theatre community for 10 years, Anthony Furey (for the show that almost happened), Jennifer McEwen, Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine, Eye Weekly.
Thank you from the producer:
Landlord and Tenants of 970 Queen St. W
Timo: for helping with maintaining the space.
Laura for putting up with me. Love you babe.
BOBBY DEL RIO, writer/director
Bobby Del Rio last wrote/directed PORN LIFE (named one of 2007’s best plays by Fab Magazine). Bobby’s other independent theatre writing hits are: CHRISTIAN VALUES (#3-selling hit of 2001 Toronto Fringe Festival), WHEN CHILDREN FALL (named one of 2000’s “best Fringe/SummerWorks shows” by Eye Weekly) and CHILD HOOD (SummerWorks 2005). Published plays include: PROFESSIONALLY ETHNIC (Summer 2009 issue of Canadian Theatre Review), HALF-CHINX TAKING OVER THE WORLD (Spring 2002 issue of CTR). http://www.bobbydelrio.com/
JASON MORNEAU, producer/stage manager
Jason Morneau has spent the last seven years breaking into the Entertainment Industry. He has worn many hats in the industry such as, Stage Manager, Lighting/Sound Designer/Operator and Djing, not to mention performing Stand up and Sketch Comedy. With all this knowledge and experience, Jason has been producing and directing his own material at varies venues such as Gladstone Hotel, Healy’s and Theatre Passe Murialle. Jason is the founder of the production company, Agawa-Sapphire Productions which was formed in 2007. Since then they have produced a comedy show called Wacky Friday on a Monday, Beautiful Days (murder mystery, comedy) and filmed a Documentary, A Sense of Discovery which documents his road trip to Western Canada will his Step Dad’s Mental Illness, Bi-Polar Disorder. Jason looks forward to future projects with Bobby.
RYAN MOLEIRO, cast
Since graduating from Bishop's University's Theatre program, Ryan has worked with some of the best acting coaches in the city. Living in Toronto he has been working steadily in both film and television. He has also produced and written several short films as well as a lifestyle show that is currently being shopped. Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Tony from Savage in Limbo(John Patrick Shanley), Big Earl from Book of Days(Landford Wilson),and Sir Toby from Twelfth Night(Bill Shakespeare) He is SUPER DUPER PUMPED to be working with Bob and the rest of the cast!
JESSICA SALGUEIRO, cast
Winnipeg-born Jessica Salgueiro loves Toronto and its theatre scene. A recent graduate from the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts; Jessica strives to constantly improve her skills. She is involved in the Second City training centre and Sears and Switzer Film School. She avidly supports independent film-makers and has starred in various short film projects with director Jerry Nguyen. Jessica has been involved in various T.V. projects, including: “In the Grid” and is currently working on a new feature film with Flow Productions. In addition to her acting, she has also delved into directing. She assisted Darlene Spencer in her production of “Les Belles Soeurs,” and directed several plays for the “Focus Theatre Festival” in Aurora, ON. Recent theatre credits include; Rizzo in “Grease” and R.P. McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
JONATHAN SHATZKY, cast
Jonathan Shatzky is a handful. On one hand, a hard-working professional driven by a passion for the arts, on the other, a sneaky little monster who will steal a bite of food right off your plate if you look the other way. Part man, part beast, Jonathan is known for his random acts of kindness, his devilish little smiles, his infectious enthusiasm, and his ability to play any song with a distinct melody on his teeth with a pen (true). Jonathan is very grateful to be a part of this production, and is very thankful to find himself in a position to follow his dreams and still be able to eat.
JULIE TESOLIN, cast
Since acting in her first play at the age of seven, Julie knew she wanted to pursue a life in art and theatre. Graduating with honours from the Fanshawe College Theatre Arts Program, she moved to Toronto continuing her passion for art and growing as an actor. Julie has worked in film, voice over, and theatre. Some of her favourite theatre credits include: Desdemona (Othello), Mary (The Red Coat), Puck (A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream), Pope Joan (Top Girls). When not acting, you can find Julie teaching Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga, and Nia Technique classes in the city. Julie is thrilled to be part of this amazing cast and excited to be working with such a talented group of actors! She would like to thank everyone for coming to the show and sharing your support!
BAHIA WATSON, cast
bahia watson was born in may in carman, manitoba. a prairie girl at heart, she gave up the low-cost living and homemade bread at mom’s in winnipeg, and set out for toronto to follow her big city dreams. as the playwright-in-residence at anitAFRIKA! dub theatre, writing has provided a sense of control and contribution, turning into the eastcoast demerara projects, a storytelling company in the works. when not rehearsing, reading or writing, bahia likes to cook and eat and discover the delicate layers of love. this performance is dedicated to her black mama, the ultimate storyteller.
K TREVOR WILSON, cast
K. Trevor Wilson is a 14 year veteran of entertainment who has appeared in numerous film and TV projects some of which have actually been viewed by people including recurring roles on NBC and Family Channel’s Darcy’s Wildlife as mumbling hillbilly Deuce and Showcase’s Billable Hours an Stacey the IT tech. As a comedian Trevor has headlined shows all over Canada including Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal and is a founding member of the Sex, Drugs, and Comedy Tour and Toronto based sketch troupe Smell’s Like the 80’s. He is an award winning stage director and is certified in first aid. Who is this amazing superman?