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MacIvor sends us his thoughts on YAH!

Daniel MacIvor emailed us about YAH (how cool is that?!) Here’s what he had to say about the show.

“When I was a kid I read a story about a man who died and was forced to watch his life over again like a film, in real time, with him as the only viewer. That idea stayed with me and is central to Allison’s journey in You Are Here. Her dilemma is one I try to remember daily – we may get to revisit our lives many times, but we only get to make the choices we make once. Choose well.”

Made our week, thanks Daniel! Listen in to CBC WAM with Angela Antle this Sunday, November 24 at 9:10am to hear YAH director Kevin Woolridge talk about the show- plus Antle claims that MacIvor one time hit her in the chops?! Find out what happened there! 🙂 A HUGE thanks to The Muse who wrote a really great article about us! Fine it in print at Memorial University or online soon! Thanks again to everyone who came out to our fundraiser on Tuesday- a really fun night and a chance to relax a bit before we open- only 6 days!

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Save the date: November 28-30, 8pm nightly + additional 2pm matinee Saturday, November 30. Tickets available via the ACC box office (online or via phone). Early bird rate ends thursday!

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YOU ARE HERE cast + crew


A knockout cast of incredibly talented actors!

November 28-30, Barbara Barrett Theatre (Arts & Culture Centre)
Get your tickets now for YOU ARE HERE by Daniel MacIvor.
Save when you buy advance tickets! Buy online here

Just over three weeks til opening!

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You Are Here by Daniel MacIvor

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EP is proud to announce that we will be presenting Daniel MacIvor’s incredible play, YOU ARE HERE this November 28-30 at the Barbara Barrett Theatre (Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s).  Directed by Kevin Woolridge and featuring  Kimberley Drake, Ross Moore, Shawn Parsons, Laura Huckle, Evan Mercer, Rob Kean, Michael Smith and Issa Russell. Stage managed by Cindy Stone and produced by Jenn Brown/EP.

Meet Allison, an independent, vulnerable and unconventional woman who is searching for meaning in her life. With the characters of her past, she looks for love and love lost, lifelong friendship, and the powerful hope of finding redemption. This heartbreakingly funny and powerful piece is by award-winning playwright Daniel MacIvor. Proudly presented by Engine Productions.

“Time passes and with it takes everything.”

Tickets are on sale NOW and are available at the ACC box office! You can call them at 709-729-3900 or visit buy online here. Buy early and save! Tickets are just $20 in advance, $25 the day of. Shows start at 8pm + we will have an additional 2pm matinee on Saturday, November 30. Matinee tickets are only $10 as a thank-you for all of your support! We hope to see you at the show!

You can also LIKE our Facebook page and share out poster for a chance to win 2 free tickets to opening night! Check it out!

YAH large poster final NLACLove, EP

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Announcing the 2nd annual QUEER THEATRE FESTIVAL!

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We are very honoured and insanely excited to make this announcement! Engine Productions are joining forces with The Arts and Culture Centre (ACC St. John’s) and For the Love of Learning to present NL’s first Queer Theatre Festival taking place July 19 and 20 in the ACC’s Barbara Barrett Theatre.

Opening the festival on July 19th is the Queer Monologues, presented by For the Love of Learning (FTLOL). Accompanying the monologues is a performance by Spectrum – a queer vocal choir, and an opening reception. Gemma Hickey, FTLOL’s Executive Director said the monologues will include a range of topics intended to be broad in nature, while being inclusive and respectful of the diversity of personal experiences expressed by the individual.

Day two, July 20th, is Engine Production’s Short & Queer II, the follow up to last year’s debut festival show. Short & Queer II is a night of five original short plays written by LBGT playwrights and/or have a theme or relevance to the LBGT community. The shorts this year include The Intervention by Robert Chafe, Two Dudes by Mark White, Adult Children by Liz Solo, In The Bedroom by Amy Anthony and Secret Learnings by Megan Coles. All pieces are performed and directed by an amazing cast of local actors and directors who will also share teaser readings with audiences of next year’s shorts, which include work by playwrights Meghan Greeley, Dave Sullivan, Philip Goodridge, Mitch McGee Herritt and Rory Lambert.

Tickets for the Queer Theatre Festival are $25 per night or $20 per night in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets visit artsandculturecentre.com or call the ACC box office at 709-729-3900. Please visit our Queer Theatre Festival page for more info and updates, or follow us on twitter and facebook! 🙂

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You are AWESOME! Thank you!

Well, 2013 has been an awesome year for us so far! Our fundraiser at The Levee was by far our MOST successful yet! So many lovely faces, so many talented bands, lots of sweet baked treats, pizza graciously donated by Stoggers Pizza, and just a really fun night. We would like to give a shout out to the wonderful Gene Browne and all of the staff of The Levee (our favourite bar! Such supporters of the arts). Also thanks to James Richard at 8 Limb Muay Thai for donating three memberships worth almost $900 to Engine Productions for the fundraiser! So many thanks! Also to Carolyn Ferrie for the donation of beautiful handmade scarves! As always, extra love to all of the musicians who performed: Avalon Stanley, The Corroborators, A Tribute to Dr. Dog (Evan Mercer, Tristan, Brad Mercer, Leon white & Nick Giles) and The Beer Patrice.

The ladies of EP being silly as always at our fundraiser!

The ladies of EP being silly as always at our fundraiser!

SO MANY THANKS AND GRATITUDE to everyone who gave donations or came out. Couldn’t have done it without you, and for that we send love, thanks, and we can’t wait to share more theatre with you!

Speaking of which, just a quick update since there is lots of wonderful theatre action happening right now in St. John’s!

TaDa presents CHICAGO! opens TONIGHT at the Arts and Culture Centre and features so many talented dancers, singers and performers, such as Lynn from Lynn Panting Dance!
-Our friends at GraveYard Shift Productions are opening Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Barbara Barrett Theatre on April 17 (book tickets now), and features EP’s favourite Ross Moore (Philip from The Shape of Things, Short & Queer I).
Lawnya Vawnya: An Exposition of Independent Art and Culture also gets on the go April 17-21 and has SO MANY GOOD BANDS and events! I love this festival and think it is a wonderful and needed addition to this city and really blows me away with the talent.
Shakespeare By The Sea Festival – St. John’s are holding auditions for their 2013 season on May 4th and 5th, including crew and volunteer staff. You can contact them here!
-PLUS Best Kind Productions have tickets on sale for “Avenue Q” at the LSPU Hall box office now, so you can go ahead and book those up too!

SO MANY SHOWS! How exciting. Hope you get out there, and break legs to everyone who’s sharing great work! EP show announcements soon too!


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Summer Update!

You got sunburns, freckles, went swimming, camping, and some of you are back to school or returning home from summer stock theatre. Congrats! We’re approaching Fall, and EP wanted to congratulate everyone who rocked the summer theatre festivals this year, those who produced their own work here in town and elsewhere– Shakespeare by the Sea, Graveyard Shift Productions, Black Bag Media Collective (rockcanrollrecords), white rooster theatre, our queer theatre fest and more! It’s really exciting to see new work being produced, and there have been a TON of great independent films coming out too! There are also a few big features being filmed here, such as The Grand Seduction which has helped Trinity and area to be a buzz this season too! Of course, Republic of Doyle is kicking butt filming their fourth season in St. John’s, plus Best Boy Entertainment have been filming tons. People are busy and we hope that the summer didn’t go by too fast and that you were able to take some of it in!

If you do feel like you missed out, you can see many of your favourite actors in Beat Down which is now playing at Empire Cinemas across Atlantic Canada- directed by one of our favourites, Deanne Foley! Also, our friends at c2c theatre are celebrating their 10th anniversary this Fall with the opening of Parlour Song, September 14-23.

Okay, lots of love and excitement to all of you creating and enjoying the diverse work in the arts in NL. Also, take note that EP has some treats coming your way soon, as we have several projects in the works for you! More news soon!


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That’s a Wrap!

This weekend we started and finished something quite amazing- last Friday we opened The Shape of Things to a packed house at Ontop/Above, and it was the beginning of a beautiful run. We were sold out or close to it every performance, the audiences were wonderful and receptive, the cast really worked their butts off and we all had so much fun with it. Another thank you to the City of St. John’s for an arts grant to go toward this show, to Jesse and Ontop/Above for being incredibly helpful and supportive (and for exposing us to a great new home to stage a theatre story like ours), Ryan Hermens and the Groundswell Collective for our handmade silkscreened posters, to everyone from our fundraiser, Aiden Flynn from Rabbittown Theatre for the chairs and blocks, Mack Furlong for the great interview on CBC radio’s weekend art magazine, The Sprout for being so respectful to our performance above them, Knoah Bender for the featured artwork for our show… the list goes on and if we missed you on our program or didn’t mention you here, you know we love you and thank you deeply! We had an amazing time, and it was a solid success for Engine Production’s second show ever! We thank you all, seriously!

PLUS we will be (further) announcing news about the upcoming QUEER THEATRE FESTIVAL that we will be presenting to coincide with St. John’s Pride Week 2012!

Again, much love and thanks for the support, and we hope you enjoyed. Here are a few photos (click on the photo below to be brought to our facebook album). And now… we’re gonna start on the next show!

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The Telegram’s Justin Brake wrote a great story on Engine Productions and our production of The Shape of Things (click to read it if you can’t find it in store). Thank you so much, and after a long day of tech, we are getting pretty darn excited to open for you, TOMORROW!!! That’s right! Eeeek!

p.s another thank you to Mack Furlong! Listen to CBC radio’s Weekend Arts Magazine this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) as Laura Huckle (our Evelyn in The Shape of Things) talks about the show and Engine Productions!

Image In the meanwhile, meet our Adam!

We’re in the paper! The radio! Tech week!

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“… without my willingness to do all other phases of theatre work, there would be no theatre for me to act in.”

Horrah for so many new site visitors! Hope you’re having fun. If you  haven’t read it yet, we have announced our new upcoming show! It is The Shape of Things by Neil Labute and has an incredible gang working on it! Click here to see the details, and you can rsvp on our facebook event page too (bring that friend out to see it!)

We just stumbled along a great page from LA Stage Times website, thanks to fellow theatre artist and professor, Jamie Skidmoore. Tony-nominated actor, the late Kathleen Freeman, had a  Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers found in her documents after she passed away. The code is truly amazing and a wonderful list to live by as a theatre artists, regardless of your experience or background.

“(The code of ethics) was written in 1945 when Kathleen was establishing one of the first small theatres in Los Angeles and she was 24 years old. I wish I had been told some of ‘the rules’ when I was a young actress instead of having to pick them up as I went along.” (Equity Councillor Jane A. Johnston)

Please visit the link above for the code and give it a read. It really struck home for us here at EP, especially another quote from Freeman herself:

 “I understand that membership in the Circle Theatre entitles me to the privilege of working, when I am so assigned, in any of the phases of a production, including: props, lights, sound, construction, house management, box office, publicity and stage managing-as well as acting. I realize it is possible I may not be cast in a part for many months, but I will not allow this to dampen my enthusiasm or desire to work, since I realize without my willingness to do all other phases of theatre work, there would be no theatre for me to act in.
(Kathleen Freeman)

Inspiring work as we go into rehearsals for our next show. Hope it serves you all well too! Let’s help one another out and always approach our art with respect, hard work, and pride!


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