In Development

2017 Playwright-in-Residence @ Driftwood Theatre

"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

Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Aaron Willis

Public Readings directed by Andrea Donaldson

July 27: Lakeshore Arts Centre, 2422 Lakeshore Rd W, Toronto | 2:30pm

August 11: Meet at 66 King East, 66 King St E, Cobourg | 2:30pm

August 13: Scugog Shores Museum, 16210 Regional Rd, Port Perry | 3:00pm


Shelly Antony

Christopher Darroch

Jordin Hall

Helen King

Ayesha Mansur

Fiona Sauder

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 tries to understand the passing of his grandpa, whom he grew up calling The Bup.

Developmental funding from the Ontario Arts Council/Crow's Theatre.