October 10, 2009

Adorable French toddlers watching an outdoor play in the 1960s:

cute kids

cute little kids

Look at the little guys holding hands!
All art should enrapture its audience like this.
These are old Life Magazine pics, which I found via Marieaunet.


Eye Magazine Cover Story!

July 1, 2009
Clockwise from top left:  Cara Gee, Rebecca Applebaum, Lauren Bride, Donna Maloney, Julia Lederer, Laura McCoy, Liz Peterson, Aurora Stewart de Pena, Nika Mistruzzi, Sochi Fried, Jolene Devoe, Monique Moses

Clockwise from top left: Cara Gee, Rebecca Applebaum, Lauren Bride, Donna Maloney, Julia Lederer, Laura McCoy, Liz Peterson, Nika Mistruzzi, Sochi Fried, Jolene Devoe, Monique Moses

This is the amazing cast of my Fringe show, 36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls. They will be seen on the cover of Eye Weekly Magazine tomorrow. Aren’t they all so cute and interesting? Well, they sure are. I heart them lots.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Comprised of not 36 but 39 one- to two- minute plays, which run over the course of an hour (the dramaturge said that 36 had a better ring to it), the play has 13 local actresses making up a cast of bartenders, waitresses and negligent mothers with intersecting stories. They’re a Toronto indie-theatre-scene wish list, and include Lauren Bride, a curator for Trampoline Hall, Liz Peterson, who acts enigmatically in Alex Wolfson’s work, Rebecca Applebaum, who sang in the band Europe In Colour and game-show host Nicole Stamp. (“Nicole was nominated for a Genie,” she tells me. “She’s keeping us professional.”)

(Note from Nicole: For the record, I was not nominated for a Genie!!! This is a beautiful rumour that I should probably encourage, but unfortunately it’s just not the truth. I was once nominated for “Person who made the ugliest face in the ugly face contest”, but I only came second.)

With cardboard props and choreographed routines set to MIDI ring tones, 36 Plays is not only a great bang for your buck, but a DIY play inside a DIY festival. It’s the Fringe within the Fringe.

Fringe 2009

June 22, 2009

I’m in two fringe plays this year. Should be pretty fun! Here’s info:

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36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls

"36 little plays" "hopeless girls" "birdtown and swanville" "nicole stamp" "aurora stewart de pena"

This is a dark, odd collection of tiny plays about young women who are messing up in funny ways, intercut with 30-second modern dance pieces choreographed to celphone ringtones. I play Evangeline, whom I’ve nicknamed “the most overbearing person on the planet”. After the first readthrough they all said “OMG Nicole, you’re perfect for this part” and I wasn’t sure what to feel.

Runs July 1-12. 75 minutes long, with intermission. No latecomers!

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It’s Just A Phase

"its just a phase" "gregarious produtions" "marissa gregoris" toronto fringe" "nicole stamp"

This one’s a musical comedy about a new-ish lesbian trying to convince her family that her Sapphic tendencies are more than just a phase. I play Tonya, a butchy carpenter in love with the lead ingenue, and I get to sing a fun Motown number. Luckily my vocal range is lezzo-soprano.

Runs July 1-12. 90 minutes long, no intermission. No latecomers!

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And let’s say you REALLY love me and you want to see both shows. There are several days you could comfortably see them both back-to-back. The venues are about 8 blocks apart and it’s enough time to walk and even get a popsicle! Check the online schedules for the deeeetails!

Yee haw!

Overheard in Toronto (but not by me)

June 4, 2009

After reading “My Acting”, a funny conversation I recently overheard on the subway and posted on this blog, Toronto theatre artist Mark Cassidy drew my attention to his site, where he’s been collecting snippets of overheard conversation from around the city in preparation for an upcoming show with his theatre company, Threshhold Theatre. Here’s one I particularly liked:

Guy in line at Tim Hortons’:
(really quick, auctioneer-like delivery) Had a coffee already today, but I liked it so much, I think I’ll have another coffee.

Other person in line:
Can you say that any faster?

Auctioneer guy:
After I drink my coffee.

There’s a whole list of conversations here– some pretty intense- along with lots of interesting ideas about theatre creation.
Thanks, Mark!

Awesome Stop-Motion Vid: Her Morning Elegance, Oren Lavie

February 1, 2009

Beautifully- animated 3.5 min vid.  Nice song, too.

The bird’s-eye view of the bed was an old fave of mine from my past life directing theatre.  There’s really no other way to stage a bed scene- side views are annoying and look amateurish.  A clean, stylish bird’s-eye, though?  With smart details of how it gets constructed the moment before it’s needed?  Yes.  Wait a sec, do I miss directing plays?  Maybe I do.

Thanks to JessPerson for the tip.

Disney artist Carson van Osten’s tips for good composition

November 29, 2008
click to see full-size image.

click to see full-size image.

These composition, staging, and posing tips are specifically for comic artists & animators, but I thought there were some good principles in here for directors, and even actors. More here.

Movie Theatres have Secret Bathrooms for People More Important Than You

October 20, 2008

Did you know that every big movieplex has a secret fancy bathroom for when execs and movie stars come to visit? And did you know that those secret bathrooms are always clean and smell nice and have fresh flowers in ’em? And hand lotion? And Angelina Jolie has probly peed in it or something! Yep.

This photo shows the secret Famous People Bathroom in the movie theatre at Richmond & John in Toronto. It has a black square toilet! And I peed in it! So that is one of the many ways Angelina Jolie and me have in common!