Friday
Jul102015

I'm teaching a special section of THAC 260 Acting Theory and Practice at the University of Regina Theatre Dept.

(Image by nmhschool licensed under Creative Commons)

Hey, on a day of good news, I can also announce I'm teaching a special section of THAC 260 Acting Theory and Practice at the University of Regina Theatre Dept. this fall. This section is specially offered for those using English as a second language, or who have other challenges (like anxiety) with public performance---or any theatre students looking for a particular focus on text work, breath, presence and liveness. We're going to have an awesome time!

Friday
Jul102015

And so it begins....Jeffery Straker and I are making a musical.

"Excited to share this! I've partnered with the multi-talented writer, playwright, woman of words, director/producer Kelley Jo Burke, to write --- a musical! the show is a glimpse through story & song at 3 days & nights of a summer camp for sexual minority youth - it's a story about coming IN.... to yourself. Songs & stories from the show will be previewed March 2016 with The Golden Apple Theatre Company, with full production TBA following that. Exciting new territory - off we go!! BIG thx to the Saskatchewan Arts Boardfor helping with this creation."

Huge thanks to The Golden Apple Theatre CompanyCamp Fyreflysask and the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their irreplaceable support for this project.

Monday
May252015

Shame on You (tube) airs May 25, 21:00 on CBC R1 IDEAS

My new documentary Shame on You (tube) airs Monday May 25 at 21:00 on CBC Radio 1 IDEAS.

FMI or to listen to the show on your computer: 

 We are watched. Caught on ubiquitous cell phone cameras. Tweeted in real time. Judged by a capricious social media jury.  Andy Warhol predicted that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame.  Kelley Jo Burke ponders how we live in a world where everyone might have 15 minutes of shame. 



Wednesday
Apr292015

Last weekend: The Lucky Ones by Kelley Jo Burke at Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham

We're heading into our final weekend of The Lucky Ones!
Meals are sold out for Sunday May 3, and it looks like only one meal left for Saturday May 2.
There are still meals available on Friday May 1.

Call 306-384-7727, or visit dancingskytheatre.com to book tickets!

Friday
Apr242015

Review: The Lucky Ones, Cam Fuller, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Flawed characters find each other
BY CAM FULLER, THE STARPHOENIX APRIL 21, 2015

Well, it's not The Notebook.

The Nicholas Sparks tearjerker about a lifetime romance doesn't allude to the Inuit creation myth of Sedna.

The Lucky Ones does. Writer Kelley Jo Burke uses the rather disturbing story of the undersea goddess to poetically describe Enid's unique personality and the way she needs to be off in her own world, much to the frequent dismay of her husband, Marty. He's an obituary writer, of all things. She's - I missed it - an anthropologist? A folklorist?

The play begins with Enid's stroke. After many years of marriage, there are still some things that Marty needs to know, and he's not letting Enid duck out on him without some answers. (Burke doesn't load the deck in her favour with sentimentality but does get the emotional hooks into you by the climactic final speech.)

The new play at Dancing Sky Theatre makes many more demands on the viewer than would a shiny-perfect Hollywood movie.

The characters are not easy to warm up to, for starters. Marty (Sean Hoy) and Enid (Louisa Ferguson) are misfits with traumatic pasts.

Marty spent years tending to an ill mother who told him that as long as he made her laugh, she'd live. The day he couldn't think of anything funny, she died.

Enid's background is even more unsettling, a disturbing tale of sexual identity, parental hysteria and what amounts to torture.

It would be nice to actually like them, but Marty's clinging and insecurities put you on edge and Enid's fragility is unsettling.

You have to approach both gingerly.

This being an Angus Fergusondirected play, you can expect pleasing theatricality and artfully simple solutions to portraying difficult things.

Like, how does a person in a coma participate in a conversation? Or what's the best way to depict lovemaking without it turning into sex-ed?

Live music, another Dancing Sky hallmark, is here performed by Ross Nykiforuk, employing a variety of keyboard sounds (including some notes from Supertramp's Goodbye Stranger at a highly appropriate moment.)

But what really stands out is the acting, from the chemistry which is good, to the memory work which is monumental.

It's hard to believe that it's been seven years since Hoy trod the boards. His every-guy-ness is as warm as always.

And Louisa Ferguson's performance is stunningly accomplished, truly one of the best of the season. She invests completely in the role, fully inhabits this difficult woman and fathoms the depths with convincing emotions.

The Lucky Ones may not be a play you reflexively like but it's one that's impossible not to appreciate.

THE LUCKY ONES

Dancing Sky Theatre, Meacham To May 3, Thursdays through Sundays