It is with great sadness that we have to announce yet another passing of great artist that has been a big part of November Theatre's latest phase of work. Barbara Vann passed away peacefully in her NY home on Wednesday, while being cared for by her daughter Regan and her creative partner Chris Brandt. A founding member of the Open Theatre, and Artistic Director of Medicine Show Theatre, Barbara will be greatly missed by NY's downtown theatre scene, and by all the artists she's mentored over the decades. Barbara welcomed November Theatre into her creative home for two major productions this year (Uncle Vanya and ILSA, Queen of the Nazi Love Camp) and a reading. I will always be in her debt for her generosity and her belief in me.
Please join me in a celebration of her life on Monday October 19th at MST starting at 3:00PM (and it will surely go late into the night). All are invited to come and tell stories, sing songs and remember Barbara. I hope to see some of you there. Sincerely, Michael
Too many bright lights in the theatre have been going out lately. Yesterday Jeff Unger passed away after a brave battle with Cancer. Jeff was the original Musical Director of The Black Rider in 1998 (later sharing this role with Corinne Kessel). He was there at the beginning and came on most of our tours over the next 10 years: NY, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver and St. John's (which he is rehearsing for with Ron Jenkins and Corinne below). He was talented, sweet and bloody hilarious. I'm sure the leader of the Devil's Rubato Band is making God laugh with his saucy songs in heaven.
To quote Jeff's favourite song from the show, that he loved playing even after a decade:
"We'll meet again some Lucky Day..."
Our thoughts are with Jeff's family and the Edmonton theatre community that is mourning this tremendous loss today.
ILSA, Queen of the Nazi Love camp played 4 shows at the Medicine Show Theatre. Opening and closing nights were sold out. Playwright Blake Brooker flew down for the occasion, saying it was best production of the show he'd seen (that he hadn't directed). We are so proud to have brought this show to NY audiences.
Currently, Founding Artistic Producer Michael Scholar, Jr. is living in New York getting his MFA in Directing from Columbia University under Anne Bogart. He is directing/producing work there with November Theatre.
Most recently he directed Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov at Medicine Show Theatre.
On August 19th, November Theatre presented the incredible and prolific composer David Rhymer, along with the enchanting chanteuse Onalea Gilbertson at a very intimate salon. Squeezed into the rumpus room of Michael Scholar, Jr.'s home, an audience of 40 patrons were fortunate enough to hear a rare concert drawn from selections of David's songs, pulling from his unique musical theatre and operatic pieces spanning 3 decades. The night was truly magic, and will be a night to remember for all who were there. Click here for pics.
Now you can buy this rare piece of punk vinyl at Sudden Death Records' online store. Just click here and you are seconds away from having two kick ass tunes. These limited edition 7 inches are hand numbered out of 500 and come with a download card. These songs aren't available anywhere else. Get em here for 10 bucks, before they become the stuff of ebay legend!
For those of you who couldn't make it to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday night, or couldn't hear our show being broadcast live via the interweb, you can watch and hear the whole event on our u-stream site. The videos and tunes are ready to be seen and heard in all their punk glory, just click on the link (in the last sentence) then scroll down and click on the videos labeled part 1 and part 2. Or if thats too complicated for you click here for part 1 and here for part 2. And for more information about the show click here. So crank the speakers and prepare for awesomness.