VANCOUVER GREENROOM 7: In fall, birds fly east

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Alexandra Lainfiesta has joined the Birmingham Academy at Stratford.

Alexandra Lainfiesta won a Jessie. Now she’s at Stratford.

FALL, AND THE BIRDS ARE FLYING…EAST?

East is the direction that Vancouver artists fly when they’re getting national recognition, so it’s a very good thing that actor Alexandra Lainfiesta, writer Crystal Verge, and multi-tasker Christine Quintana are all winging that way this autumn.

Just this spring, Lainfiesta won the Jessie for Lead Actress (Small Theatre) for her work in Solo Collective’s production of Katie Hoffman’s Green Lake. Now, she’s at Ontario’s Stratford Festival as one of only seven actors selected for the Birmingham Conservatory. [Read more…]

Exciting descent into Three Stories Up

Marisa Smith directed Three Stories Up for Alley Theatre and Level-Headed Friends.

To keep the actors’ identities secret, director Marisa Smith and playwright Mack Gordon are appearing in the publicity photos.

After I stopped panicking, things got really, really good.

Three Stories Up unfolds entirely in the dark. Ushers lead blindfolded audience members into the performance space in small groups. When the lights go out, everybody takes their blindfolds off, but it’s pitchy black in there: floating-in-space darkness. I’m claustrophobic and my first thought was, “How the hell did I get myself into this? ”Sweat formed on my brow. Then I recognized one of the actor’s voices, which was reassuring. And I remembered that the company has made it clear that you can leave if you have to. So, you know, if you’re an anxiety-ridden feline like I am, attending Three Stories Up might be challenging at first. But don’t worry; you’ll be fine. And you should catch this show because it’s very, very rewarding. [Read more…]