She’s a drama queen, if you know what I mean

If you don’t know the lyrics I’ve stolen my title from, then you need to consult the Googles. Though I’m not talking about the song in this here post. I want to talk to you about Savory Entertainment’s latest production, The Bootlegger’s Wife; A one-woman dramatic stage play created and performed by the one and only Victoria Murdoch.

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A southern Ontario Bonnie & Clyde story for the ages; lovers and business partners Bessie Starkman and Rocco “King of the Bootleggers” Perri, came together to build Canada’s largest rumrunning empire. Known for her quick wit, and shrewd business sense, Bessie collected the money and called the shots…until it backfired.

The play is set to premiere at this summer’s London & Hamilton Fringe but there are two exciting previews you can be a part of if you hurry! All you have to do is go on over to her Fund What You Can Campaign Page and see what you can donate. As for the two events I speak of, they are1:

Event #1: Garden Gala/Tour Launch Party (May 24th @ “Murdoch Manor” – South Etobicoke)

A prohibition-themed party hosted by “Bessie,” where you’ll be entertained by a historical storyteller (Special Guest Daniel Cumerlato of Haunted Hamilton!) as well as enjoy a sample performance from the show!

Event #2: VIP Preview Performance/Talk Back (May 30th @ Imperial Pub – Downtown Toronto)

The world premiere performance of Bootlegger’s Wife followed by an intimate talk-back/Q&A with the creative team joined by a historical expert!

Both of these events have limited tickets available, and are only $25 each. After seeing what she’s done with Dairy-Free Love, I can’t wait to see her bring Bessie Starkman to life2.

Will we see you there?

  1. these descriptions are in fact copied right off of her FWYC page[]
  2. As an added incentive, I should tell you that I will be your hostess for the evening of May the 30th at Imperial Pub[]

TiFF’s Best Micro-Budget Feature: Unhappy Happy

Unhappy Happy Cast & Crew at TiFF

There are a million stories about cancer; the loss, the pain, the way lives are turned upside down when it infects someone near and dear to you. When I first read the script for Unhappy Happy, I knew it was going to be a fun project to work on. I was in only two scenes but I was privileged to know the whole story going into the one day of filming I would be called into.

I’ve said it before, but I was extremely proud to have been part of this project before any announcements related to TOIndieFF came about. The one day I spent on set went smoothly. Everyone seemed to be on the same page, and had the same goals in mind. There was never any need for anyone to crack the whip, nor be in a bad mood1. I can only hope that every production I work with in the future is just like this one2.

To Rob and the cast and crew of Unhappy Happy:

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your production and congratulations. We should all be proud of what we have accomplished and here is to many, many more acknowledgements to come.

For those who missed Unhappy Happy at TOIndieFF, don’t you worry I’m sure we’ll be able to figure out a screening very soon!

  1. unless the script called for it of course[]
  2. I know it will not be, but I can hope because if you do not have hope you might as well just die[]

‘Unhappy Happy’ at the Toronto Indie Film Festival

[Updated Sept 10 7:20pm] The screening time has changed to 9:30pm.

I don’t know if you know this but I act, sometimes. Like, seriously. Sure I act the fool often, but sometimes I pretend to be someone else and try to convince whoever is watching whatever I need to convince them of.

Whenever people find out that I’m an actress, they always ask, “would I have seen you in anything?” I usually answer no, because there aren’t that many people who watch reality TV or the W Network1 but then again, reality TV isn’t acting; it’s actually the opposite of acting. Or something.

Anyway, I am extremely proud to have been a part of this project and I’m also really happy for the team that it will premiere at the Toronto Indie Film Festival on September 12th! Full details can be found below the poster:

Unhappy Happy

What: Unhappy Happy screening
Where: Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton Street
When: September 12 at 9:45pm
Cost: $8.00 for the entire evening.
Important to note: Screenings on that day will start at 6:00pm with the feature “Erase Una Vez En Bolivia”, followed at 8pm by a block of five shorts, then by “Unhappy Happy” at 9:30pm.

Will I see you there?

  1. kidding![]

You should see: “In a World…”

In a World… is a movie about voice acting, specifically about a woman trying to break into the world of voice acting; a world dominated by men. Naturally only hilarity ensues. Do I really need to tell you more? Just watch the trailer.

Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) stars in In a World…, an hilarious romantic comedy about a struggling vocal coach who strikes it big in the cutthroat world of movie-trailer voiceovers only to find herself in direct competition with the industry’s reigning king—her father. Written and directed by Bell, who won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the script, In a World… also stars Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Demetri Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin), Michaela Watkins (Enlightened), Ken Marino (Burning Love), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick) and Tig Notaro (The Sarah Silverman Program).

Full Cast List:
Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, Demetri Martin, Alexandra Holden, Tig Notaro

LongoriaIn a World...

In a World will hit theatres on August 9th, but you can see it during two advance screenings if you RSVP to CanadaPromo [at] spe [dot] sony [dot] com (Please arrive early. RSVPing does not guarantee admittance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Do not be that guy). Also be sure to indicate which screening you are interested in seeing, and whether you will be bringing a guest.

Special Advance Screening Dates:

  • Wednesday July 31st, 7:30pm
  • Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas
  • 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto
  • Thursday August 8th, 7:00pm
  • Cineplex Odeon Varsity Cinemas
  • 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Will I see you tomorrow night?

This post was updated with new information on July 29, at 10:30am.