This Is A Play



This Is A Henry poster

BY DANIEL MACIVOR
Staged in April 2010 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
Staged in May 2010 @ SJHS Mini-Theatre, Saint John, NB

CAST/CREW
Older Female Actor – Julie MacDonald
Female Actor – Jen McVicar
Male Actor – Matthew Spinney
Composer (Voice) – Robert Moore

Director – Scott Shannon
Technical Director – Michael Holmes-Lauder
Light Tech – Dave MacDonald (Fredericton)
Light Tech – SJHS Tech Crew (Saint John)
Poster and Logo design – Alberto White

This show was staged as part of an evening of two one-act plays by MacIvor; it was preceded by Here Lies Henry.

Originally staged in April 2007 with
a slightly different cast/crew
.



Read our rehearsal notes taken during Feb-May 2010 >>>



The Daily Gleaner – Live It section article >>>



Photos by Michael Holmes-Lauder
(CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE)



PHOTOS FROM MEMORIAL HALL, UNB
Male Actor: I speak as if entranced because that’s what the script says I should do. I talk about my dead brother and his death-bed message about a woman named Auntie.
Now I’m supposed to cry about my brother. Of course I myself never had a brother and so I use the Uta Hagen Substitution Method which I heard those two talking about last week.
I’m trying to substitute my dead cousin but I never liked my cousin and I’d rather substitute Misther Whiskers my cat who died, but it seems kind of dumb to substitute a cat for a person (growing emotional) …
… but I guess the point of it is not if it’s a cat or an armadillo or whatever just that it’s somebody you wish never went away … (weeping) … I miss you Mister Whiskers.

She won't cry


Hint of a secret


And more exposition


Each of us alone


Yet a group


Here we stand






PHOTOS FROM SJHS MINI-THEATRE

Middle of an argument


Older Female Actor: Fascinatingly, the scene begins in the middle of an argument.

Male Actor: I say something I don’t understand.

Female Actor: I say something he doesn’t understand.

Older Female Actor: I say something that makes sense of what they said and I manage to make the line funny even though it is not.


I take all the focus now ...



Female Actor: I take all the focus now, you drink me in, I tentatively at first, begin to try not to cry, holding it back, holding it back, holding it back, I don’t want to cry, I don’t want to cry, holding back, holding back, (weeping theatrically) but the tears rush forward and words roll out which explain the argument we were just having and …



Each of us alone



Older Female Actor: Here we stand.

Male Actor: Each of us alone.

Female Actor: Yet a group.

Male Actor: I find my light.

A lettuce

Female Actor: I fix my hair.

Male Actor: We do our best to muster meaning in this pause.

Female Actor: I make a statement which seems somewhat out of character thus indicating a change.

Older Female Actor: So do I.

Male Actor: So do I.














This Is A Wild poster

THIS IS A PLAY
BY DANIEL MACIVOR
Staged in April 2007 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB

CAST/CREW
Older Female Actor – Julie MacDonald
Female Actor – Marissa Robinson
Male Actor – Matthew Spinney
Composer (Voice) – Tom Goud

Director – Scott Shannon
Technical Director – Nicholas Cole
Stage Manager – Andrew Jones

This show was staged as part of an evening of 2 one-act plays by MacIvor;
it was followed by
Wild Abandon: The Study of Steve.

Re-staged in April/May 2010 with
a slightly different cast/crew
.







Daily Gleaner promotional photo


A Stranger Amoung Us

A Stranger Amoung Us





The stranger, Joey played by Male Actor, has just arrived in town trying to solve a family mystery.









Matthew Spinney as Male Actor

Male Actor




“I enter with conviction! I take up a position stage right. I am sick with embarrassment, not only did I trip on my first big cross but now I am not in my light. I find my light.”






Julie MacDonald as the Older Female Actor speaks about what it's like to be playing a character offering soup.

Older Female Actor




“Silence. A long silence. A very long silence as I stand here holding a bowl of soup for no good reason other than for you imagine what a good-hearted, folksy and simple person I am.”









Giving the bowl of soup.

Giving the bowl of soup.




She gives him the bowl of soup. He takes the bowl of soup. And she is out of there, leaving Male Actor stranded: “She wasn’t supposed to give me the bowl of soup.”






Female Actor overwhelmed by the emotions of acting.

Female Actor.




“I try to think of something happy. I remember last night at the director’s apartment, his beautiful eyes, his manly hands, that look in his eyes. I know that he loves me and we will be together forever. Silently I dedicate my performance to him.”






Black out!

Blackout!




As Joey and Sissy slowly move into a kiss, the Female Actor playing Sissy calls for “Blackout.” (THEY are closer to kissing.) “Blackout!” (THEY are almost kissing.) “BLACKOUT!” (Blackout.)






The denouement.

The denouement.




“Fascinatingly, the scene begins in the middle of an argument.”









3 actors sharing their final thoughts.

3 actors sharing their final thoughts.

Female Actor: From behind our backs.
Male Actor: Each of us.
Female Actor: Produce.
Older Female Actor: A lettuce.
Female Actor: A lettuce.
Male Actor: A lettuce.
Older Female Actor: And in this strange, almost surreal gesture there is some kind of clarity.
Female Actor: And inexplicably for a moment.
Older Female Actor: Each of us.
Female Actor: Each of us.
Male Actor: Even me.
Older Female Actor: Seems to understand.
ALL: Something.


3 actors holding lettuce to further understand their characters.

3 actors holding lettuce.


Older Female Actor: And as the lights fade.
Female Actor: I think about Uta Hagen.
Male Actor: I think about Russell Crowe.
Older Female Actor: I think about Jack Daniels.
ALL: Because we are actors.
Older Female Actor: And this.
Female Actor: This.
Male Actor: This.
Older Female Actor: This is a play.






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