Wednesday, December 09, 2015

News from December, 2015

Mimico Public Library

This Fall, Mixed Company Theatre and  I (Rex) have been resident artists at the Mimico Public Library gathering stories and holding workshops. This week a delightful cast bring to life stories of the Toronto West Lakeshore.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time of Trouble Workshop Premiere

I'm in Halifax this week work shopping the new opera about the set-to between the Sisters of Charity and the Archbishop in the 1800's.. We had a dress rehearsal last night - the cast is terrific and Elizabeth Raum's music is great. The libretto hangs together so it is all good. I can't wait to see it in front of an audience now - tomorrow in Lunenburg and Saturday in Halifax.
Rex

Here's a link:
http://maritimeconcertopera.com/?p=813





Friday, June 26, 2015

Writing for Community Theatre

As part of Mixed Company's summer forum training programme, Rex will be leading a day-long workshop in writing plays for communities, July 11, 2015

"Developed by Artistic Associate and award winning playwright, Rex Deverell, this new hands on workshop will explore the whole process of developing a community play from concept, mobilizing participation, initial research, sources and resources, selecting characters and story lines to the final format. Participants will discuss ideas for community projects."

 For more information and registration go to:

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rita and Rex

Are both performing in Jose Rivera's amazing Sonnets for an Old Century at Theatre Passe Muraille Backstage in Toronto. As of today, Jan. 22, 2015, there are only three performances left and tickets are going fast. Sorry, for the late posting.  We are among a stellar cast - including our old friend, Michele George.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall, 2014

Rex

Boiler Room Suite is receiving a new production by Waterloo's Lost and Found Theatre. I'll be doing a talkback after the performance on November 8.

November 5-15, 2014

at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
9 Princess Street, Waterloo

Tuesday-Saturday @ 8pm
Saturday-Sunday @ 2pm

Director: Richard Quesnel
Cast: Kathleen Sheehy, George Joyce and Alan K. Sapp
Set Design:  Nicole Lee Quesnel
Lighting Design:  Kirsten Watt
Sound Design:  Terry Barna

“Ah, they will say of us – how brave, how adventuresome – to launch off on a brand new voyage of discovery at a time when most would have given up...” -- Sprugg


Aggie Rose, a former actress, and Sprugg, a failed poet, are two elderly tramps who climb into the boiler room of an abandoned hotel on the Prairies to seek refuge from winter and from the world.  Together in the shelter of their “suite,” they deflate the pompous and powerful, acting out their fantasies as they try to bring "a little warmth, a little human kindness to each other's lives" until the outside world interrupts their reverie with the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Winner of the 1977 Canadian  Authors Association Award for Drama.

Rita

Rita's latest in print:

Rita Shelton Deverell’s chapter Vocal Scholaristry: Giving Voice to the Art, Craft, Effectiveness, and Excitement of Speech-making is included in the October 2014 just published book Performing Scholaristry, $39.95, www.backalongbooks.com. Twenty authors reflect on issues, dilemmas, provocations and inspirations associated with imagining, designing, creating and performing non-traditional, innovative research projects.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heading into the summer (2014)

Since the last posting, Rex has been continuing to work on "Time of Trouble" - the new opera with composer Elizabeth Raum.
Rita has been writing a screenplay based on Florence James, the subject of her play, McCarthy and the Old Lady. Florence's autobiography, Fist Upon a Star, was launched by University of Regina Press and has won the Saskatchewan book award. Rita has written an epilogue which reports on Florence's career in Canada following the Seattle trial.

Also you can see a brief article with pictures about Rita at home in Sugar Bush at the following link.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rita Rehearses East Coast Drama

Danger, Courage & Love
March 5th- 8th, 2014 • 8 pm
Alderney Landing Theatre
DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA
An original play by: Juanita Peters
Starring:
Arlene Duncan, Micha Cromwell
Rita Deverell ; Kirsten Olivia
Tickets: $25 Adults $20 Seniors/Students
with support
from:
THE CRAIG
FOUNDATION
THE MOTHER CLUB
Alderney Landing Theatre
March 5th -8 th, 2014 • 8 pm
Marge Sparks is a black midwife with 4 daughters, a dead husband and an entire village of problems. She wants all her girls to get up out of here and make a life somewhere where people who look like them can have a real chance in the world. She doesn’t know where that is, but she knows it’s out there.
Minnie Sparks is 12 years old and full of ideas. Her life is all planned out. She is going to take those beautiful sweet berries her grandmother and great Aunt Jessy pick for pies; make preserves and sell them at the market. She’s going to buy a big chunk of land and a big house so her family can live off their own resources instead of doing backbreaking work and sweating all month just to pay the rent.
When Minnie is raped and becomes pregnant, it’s the last straw. The nurturer now becomes the murderer. Instead of retaliating with the many useful tools on the farm, the women get together and concoct an intricate plan of intervention, protection and justice through their secret group THE MOTHER CLUB.
Starring:
Arlene Duncan
Micha Cromwell
Rita Deverell
Kirsten Olivia
THE CRAIG
FOUNDATION
with support
from:
An original play by: Juanita Peters


Rex is working on a Libretto

Composer Elizabeth Raum and I are busy at work on a new opera about a 19 century battle between unlikely combatants - The Sisters of Charity of Halifax and their Archbishop.