"Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it."
The Life of Jude is a play I am passionate about. Every time I picked up the script I said "There is something here. This play is important.” I have worked on it for over ten years. I developed it through the Tarragon Theatre, The Shaw Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, George Brown Theatre School and the National Theatre School of Canada. But none of those illustrious institutions are producing the play; I am, with my little company Falling Hammer at the Summerworks Theatre Festival - August 8-18, 2013. With 21 actors all working for free, this will be the largest show in Summerworks history.
We are seeking your support to help put this impressive show on stage and to put money into the pockets of the artists involved.
The play is a parable about a boy who thinks he's chosen by God and through the misapplication of his beliefs, ends up sowing tragedy all around him. It is also extremely funny, has a love story, explores theatrical form and features 21 performers on stage in an Epic Theatre style musical.
This play is so large that most theatres cannot afford to produce it and yet we are compelled to mount it amidst the two and three handers that make up most of our theatrical fare.
To produce this play "normally" with union fees and insurance based on 7 weeks work would be a minimum 150k budget. Havng a big dream play produced even with sold out houses for 7 performances at Summerworks means each artist will make only a modest remuneration for all their hard work. We are seeking to augment this through our Indiegogo campaign where all money raised will go directly into the artist's pockets. Help make our dream come true and support these fine artist's efforts.
The Life of Jude is about militarism, corporatism, greed, faith and love. In a mountain town called Hope, long ago (and right now) Jude, a young boy loses his father and mother and is sent to a church seminary to provide him an education and vocation.
Jude’s questioning mind is controlled by a strict clergy who ply him with fundamentalist teachings, hardening his beliefs. Jude returns to Hope as a priest after finishing his studies. As he works to save the souls of his parish, his beliefs come into conflict with the world around him and his feeling for the woman he left behind.
I have been a playwright and actor for over 25 years and have had my work produced nationally and internationally and yet producing my own work is the most satisfying work of all. I wrote this play to explore greed, violence and religious fundamentalism, believing that all religions need to balance the human with the divine if there is to be peace and tolerance. I feel privileged to be putting this play up in Summerworks with such a distinguished group.
My Co-Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and I have a stellar record producing several Dora nominated plays and attracting critical acclaim for our work. We are committed to producing this play in August 2013 and providing a compelling and powerful production.
The play features twelve of Toronto’s most explosive and accomplished actors, in the company of eight talented members of the 2013 graduating class of the National Theatre School and Bishop’s University along with my impressive six year old daughter.
Sehar Bhojani, Christopher Blades, Kevin Bundy, Steve Cumyn, Shannon Currie, Bruce Dow, Paul Dunn, Grace Fitzpatrick, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Darcy Gerhart, Hardee T. Lineham, Alex Plouffe, Chloe Poch-Goldin, Dylan Roberts, Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, Pamela Sinha, Jeffrey R. Smith, Jeremiah Sparks, Adam Kenneth Wilson, Maurice Dean Wint, Richard Zeppieri
Alex Poch-Goldin Playwright, David Ferry Director
Jesse LaVercombe Composer, Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski Musical Director
Glenn Davidson Set Design, Bonnie Beecher Lighting Design
Kendra Terpenning/Cat Haywood Costume Design
Raha Javanfar Projection Design, Samantha Adams Stage Manager
Ash Knight Assistant Director, Kelly Thornton Producer
It really is an impressive company presenting a bold and beautiful play that speaks to universal themes. We hope that you will support our endeavors to bring this project to life. We can offer some modest perks for your support and all monies will be applied to artist's fees.
Thank you for your support and interest.