Last year Eileen and I produced How I Learned to Drive at Performance Works on Granville Island.
Today, that production received an amazing five nominations for the Jessie Richardson Theatre awards.
The nominations are in the small theatre category and include:
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Alan Morgan
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Eileen Barrett
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Kelly Metzger
Outstanding Direction – James Fagan Tait
Outstanding Production – Overdrive Productions
The web site for the production is online here.
This is an interesting example of how passion and people make things happen, not necessarily big budgets or access to cutting edge technology.
Overdrive Productions is the epitome of small theatre – it’s really just Eileen and I. Our 2 boys ran the concession at the theatre, one of them had to stand on the cash box because he couldn’t see over the counter. The actors and director and lighting designer all got involved because they were passionate about the script, and felt they could do it on a world-class level. Performance Works made it possible by partnering with us on the venue. Friends helped out on all sorts of levels, including helping put together the opening night goodies.
The production got rave reviews and it was gratifying to see critics acknowledge that good theatre can be done on small budgets. I’d like to personally thank everyone on the Jesse committee who nominated the production.
The awards will be announced June 19th at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.