"The Things You Think I'm Thinking" - short film
Sean, a black, early-thirties burn survivor and amputee (having lost part of both arms), goes on a date with Caleb, a white, regularly-abled guy. After the bar, we follow them back to Sean’s apartment, where Sean must face his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident, four years ago.
Starring Prince Amponsah and Jesse LaVercombe
Directed by Sherren Lee
Written by Jesse LaVercombe
Edited by Simone Smith
Director of Photography: Ian Macmillan
Music by Casey Manierka-Quaile
Produced by Kat Hidalgo
Funded by the Toronto Arts Council
Festival schedule TBA.
"For the first time, Driftwood Theatre will host a resident playwright during its summer season. Emerging Canadian playwright Jesse LaVercombe will work alongside Othello company members for six weeks, developing his play Resurrect, originally created as a site-specific play for Driftwood’s 2017 Trafalgar 24 festival.
The Beyond the Bard residency will culminate in free public readings of Mr. LaVercombe’s work prior to select performances during the Bard’s Bus Tour.
Beyond the Bard is made possible with the support of the RBC Emerging Artists’ Project.
Artistic Director: Jeremy Smith
Workshops directed by Andrea Donaldson
Public Readings TBA.
The Bup Plays Charades
Grandpa was lousy at charades, always was. Smart, funny, a remarkable athlete... but something about silently acting out silly phrases from movies befuddled him. But he laughed it off. In March 2009, when I was 17, Grandpa climbed to the third story of an indoor shopping mall in Edina, Minnesota, and jumped. But he didn’t fall all the way. He landed on the second story’s crosswalk, on the railing, on his spine, and before his injuries completed his suicide, he spent 8 months in a hospital, in pain, his throat too damaged to speak.
With collaborator Beth Kates (Projection Designer: Alice in Wonderland [Shaw], Brimful of Asha [Tarragon] The Last Donnelly Standing [Blyth] The Road to Mecca [Soulpepper]), Jesse LaVercombe plays a game of charades with the audience and try to understand the passing of his grandpa, whom he grew up calling The Bup.
Developmental funding from the Ontario Arts Council/Crow's Theatre.