We do not gingerly step towards our festival.
We launch into it.
Tomorrow June 18th is our Launch Party. It is pay what you can with a suggested cover of ten dollars. The Launch will be taking place in the courtyard of MOCCA. A splendid space that I described in my earlier post. Some spectacular things will be going on that you should not miss out on. I am going to give you a brief description of exactly what to expect. You will begin to realise that you are in for a serious treat tomorrow evening if you come. So come. Do yourself some week end good and luxuriate in a night we have planned for you and for everyone that has made this night possible.
Here is the itinerary that we have produced for tomorrow evening:
7:00PM DOORS OPEN + SILENT AUCTION OPENS
PERFORMANCES STARTING AT 8:30/9:00:
PRETTY LITTLE INSTINCTS, HANNAH MOSCOVITCH, RIDE THE CYCLONE, LAURA BARRETT
THE LIVE AUCTION OF ARTISTIC DIRECTORS BEGINS: WHAT DOES THIS ENTAIL?
YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BID AND WIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ARTISTIC DIRECTORS COOK YOU DINNER AND CHAT WITH YOU ABOUT THE RIDICULOUS AND MAGICAL WORLD OF ARTISTIC DIRECTING. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY. SO, HERE ARE THE PEOPLE WE HAVE LISTED FOR THE AUCTION AND THE KINDS OF DINNERS THEY ARE COOKING UP IN THEIR IMAGINATIONS AND SOON WILL (HOPEFULLY SHOULD YOU WIN) COOK FOR YOU IN REAL LIFE.
TARRAGON THEATRE’S RICHARD ROSE does not know what he is going to cook. He will likely make a new recipe, reflecting his wants in theatre, and hopefully the wants of the person he will be dining with. He is considering using the Balthasar Cookbook, which is a well known NYC bistro, a favourite of his as well. His disclaimer: if I fail it only means the meal was too good to cook. (Elusive, spontaneous, alluring, a very exciting option if I do say so myself).
SUMMERWORK’S MICHAEL RUBENFELD plans on cooking you chicken curry. (Delicious)
BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES’ BRENDAN HEALY will get you some beer and pizza. (A classic that never tires)
FRINGE’S GIDEON ARTHURS has a sumptuous and eclectic list of options:
(1) A custom meal made just for you
(2) Some tapenades and Poor Man’s Hummus
(3) Summer Risotto with lemon mint and asparagus, fresh organic sausages fennel salad, green tea ice cream and fruit, and mucho wine
Gideon says that “all and everything can be swapped out as requested”, looks like we’ve got another versatile cook ready for spontaneity in our midst. A colourful option indeed.
VOLCANO THEATRE’S ROSS MANSON is thinking of a rapini sun dried tomato pasta probably accompanied by a roasted vegetable side dish. He’s thinking brussel sprouts, parsnips, and carrots in oregano and olive oil. OR. A Moroccan cous cous with red cabbage and pumpkin (and many other things). Likely with figs olives and dates as a starter. Plus wine. (Again, it’s no surprise that this sounds wonderful, it will also BE wonderful).
NIGHTWOOD’S KELLY THORNTON offers you some matzah ball soup, Goldin’s smoked meat sandwiches on fresh rye bred with mustard kosher pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, French fries, and to top it all off with what Thornton calls “a nice cold beer!”. Fabulous.
LKYTP’S ALLEN MACINNIS will take you out to Romagna Mia. (OOOOh this is our first going ‘out’ to dinner option!) (Exciting!)
THE THEATRE CENTRE’S FRANCO BONI will give you a nice refreshing BBQ.
JOEL GREENBERG is going to shape it around the bidder. (Custom fit, very nice).
CAHOOTS’ NINA LEE AQUINO is going to cook you what she calls, “Asiany goodness and cupcakes”. That sounds absolutely delightful. Maybe you guys will eat outside on a chequered blanket.
THE SHAW FESTIVAL’S JACKIE MAXWELL is keeping the door wide open around this one entree ingredient: Fish. Let your imagination unleash as you wonder about the many things that can be done with fish.
So here are the spectacular options. These are the people you will be chomping at the bit to bid for, not only for the meals, but for the chance to have these people share some wisdom, and more importantly share time, which is something that is hard to find with such busy individuals as these. Cherish the opportunity should you find yourself in this scenario!
onto more exciting LAUNCH things….
Then you go home think about the wonderful night you had and all the fantastic theatre you will be including yourself in by attending our festival this August.
So that is the run down for now.
I’ll be updating you with other things later today or earlier tomorrow.
It is an exciting time. This afternoon I will be putting together the packages for the silent auction (and may even be able to post a list of what kind of things you can look out for during the silent auction).
The sky looks quite opaque but that won’t damper our spirits. The sun will crack through the clouds soon enough. However, in the mean time if thunder storms inspire you this could be a fruitful creative afternoon.
Until next time!
Have a wonderful day!