Sebastien Archibald & Claire Hesselgrave in How to Survive an Apocalypse, Photo Credit Emily Cooper

Sebastien Archibald & Claire Hesselgrave in How to Survive an Apocalypse, Photo Credit Emily Cooper

It is well and truly summer here in Vancouver, and that means lovely sunny days; dark sweet cherries; and long overdue publicity updates. First off, while I've been polishing up Season 3, Carmilla won the 2016 Canadian Screen award for Digital Fiction! Not only that, but were shortlisted for an Entertainment Lion at Cannes, and picked up a Rockie for Branded Content at Banff! I could not be prouder of Steph & the whole amazing team at Smokebomb that makes our crazy little web series possible.

In playwrighting news, How to Survive an Apocalypse had a great run at the Firehall--breaking box office records for any previous Flying Start production and eliciting reviews like: “slickly presents some much-needed perspective on the times we live in” (Vancouver Theatre.ca), “rising-star comic fun” (Broken Leg Reviews), and “so smart, so funny, so incisive, it'll take your breath away” (Actor/Playwright Tetsuro Shigematsu). Meanwhile, Taboo Theatre in Halifax will be remounting my post-modern fairy-tale mash-up Asleep at the Wheel in August as part of their festival of the Uncanny, and Kayak will be seeing a 2017 production in Squamish at the Eagle Eye Theatre March 30–April 8. In addition to these productions, in the fall No Passport Press will be publishing an anthology of the plays in the Climate Change Theatrical Action with an introduction by NYU Professor and eco-theatre pioneer Una Chaudhuri.

At present, I'm hacking madly away at the first draft of Rate of Loss in advance of Up in the Air's Residency at the Cultch in September, where we'll be experimenting with timelines and puppets! And finally, I'm thrilled to announce that I've received one of Western Canada Theatre's 40th Anniversary Commissions for my nursing home revenge comedy: The Smallwood Solution.

And with that, I suspect, I should get back to work. But somewhere sunny, and well-supplied with cherries.