The Love Note Lady performed by Nicole St Martin / photo by George Pimentel Photography
Some of you may remember that I was the Managing Director at The Theatre Centre for almost five years. During that time, I watched Franco (Artistic Director) work his magic, bringing people together to make this “impossible” dream of a permanent home for the company come true. On January 11, 2014, The Theatre Centre hosted the Bounce Gala in their gorgeous new space at 1115 Queen Street West. I was pleased to be asked to revive The Love Note Lady, a performance I created to animate the annual art party Block In One Spot that I created for The Theatre Centre. The premise is simple: you are asked if you would like to send a message to someone in this room; it has to be nice and not nasty; it can be anonymous or not; and if you want, you can send it with a kiss (a chocolate kiss). Thanks Nicole for doing such a great job!
This is the view from the front deck. I’m camped out here in the backwoods of Quebec, literally off the grid: those are solar panels in the foreground. Nadia Ross (Artistic Director of STO UNION) has taken me in, provided me with this incredible cabin and her incredible insight as we delve into the back story of HAMMER. It’s been an incredible week of personal dramaturgy – very intense and rewarding. This is is still just early days… so much to sink into with this piece. It turns out that “anger” is a hot topic. And people are responding to this: relating to the frustration of having no place to put their anger and no clear understanding of how to “get over it”, so it just sits underneath – ignored but not really forgotten – living with the reality that love and happiness can exist simultaneously, that these “positive” emotions do not cancel out “negative” emotions, and that life is much messier than the categories we’ve created.