Freelance: Gonnorhea, and a Proud Life

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this thing — that’s mostly a positive sign because I’ve been busy writing plays and grant applications. I do still intend to write a post about diversity on stage, and I intended to jot down some thoughts about NextStage Festival and the granting system…. maybe in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I’ve filed a few more stories at Xtra, whose “Theatre Issue” sits on stands now.

The Star and other mainstream outlets reported that drug-resistant gonnorhea is on the rise in Toronto; I caught the additional detail that Ontario’s public health researchers were able to figure this out because of data collected by the Hassel Free Clinic, and that this bug is particularly prevalent in the gay community.

Online only, I wrote  a short preview of the memorial for Patrick Conner, a gay Toronto theatre artist who passed away in December.

The theatre coverage in print is a bit of a recap of trends that are ongoing in the scene right now — Xtra‘s not the first to report on the new trend of small companies creating their own micro-spaces, although they’ve probably made the biggest stink about it. I’m not sure what to make of Johnnie Walker’s article, which conflates the large, purpose-built spaces like the one that Native Earth now occupies at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park and the one Crow’s has just announced for Leslieville, with the makeshift storefronts that Red One, Videofag, and Pandemic have sprung up, and lemonTree’s studio space. I mean, artists using found spaces for rehearsals isn’t exactly a new trend; and ultimately the lemonTree and Pandemic spaces are just rehearsal spaces that shouldn’t have an impact on what it is that audiences see. I guess I would have liked to see more about what each of these companies are creating and giving/selling to the public. So far, all of the comments on the article are from proprietors of other makeshift theatre venues who feel left out (Unit 102, Red Sandcastle, Sterling Studio). The logic behind why these venues were chosen for profile in a gay newspaper escapes me.

The issue also includes profiles of a gay couple and a lesbian couple working in theatre — one of the spotlit couple is Michelle Ramsay and Lindsay Anne Black. Lindsay is a frequent collaborator with our client Cart/Horse Theatre, and her maquette for Cart/Horse’s Vincent River is used as an illustration for the piece. The article’s not yet online, so you’ll have to pick up a copy. [UPDATE: The article is now online here.]

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