Is Our Youth
of the theatre and entertainment stories of the year in
2003. Production dates were September 18 - Octover 18, 2003.
Woody Harrelson directed this wonderful play with three
notable Canadian actors (Fab Filippo, Marya Delver and Marcello
Cabezas). The production garnished big reviews and numbers.
special shot by Canadian Learning Television in the Bravo
Rehearsal Hall. Nationally televised in March and April
2004, and being sold
to other markets, it was seen as cutting edge programming
validating storytelling as real means in combating the prevalence
of youth violence.
man show at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, May
30-June 16, 2002 - A powerful interpretation of the real
life beating of a young boy, it was critically acclaimed.
A great start to out company.
was successfully mounted May 30-June 16, 2002, at Buddies In Bad
Times in Toronto. Producers Steven Moore and Marcello Cabezas, both
principals at macIDeas, were very proud of the end product, both
on stage, and the reaction within the theatrical and civilian community.
a very timely piece that was inspired by an actual youth violence
incident, very much had a theatricality of its own, as one critic
put it. The ability to blend a theatrical performance with live
video and music proved to be a very effective and compelling story
script...delivers a punch", Globe and Mail."quite
moving", NOW Magazine
impressive piece of characterization",
performs with vigor and sensitivity...Phillips
directs to its strengths", Eye Weekly
use of a variety of media and a brilliant performance
from Dora deserving Cabezas", Canadian Jewish News
can be done on many levels. First and foremost, we must examine
whether we fostered and created an environment conducive to creative
growth and exploration for all involved. Looking back, we truly
feel this was achieved. We all worked together with the common goal
being artistic excellence. It was a bit of a challenge as the playwright,
Jodi Miller, was in the UK during the process, but we were able
to get her to Toronto for the opening. The use of email and phone
proved to be sufficient means to connect with her, and communicate
any issues that came up, or changes we wished her to consider.
a performer standpoint, this piece was an amazing journey for myself,
both as a person and as an actor. To be able to work on material
that had both creative challenges and subject matter that truly
legitimized theatre's role in the education process was a blessing.
But more than
anything, it was the unsolicited letters we received from school
kids and other youth who saw the show. We as storytellers wish to
effect people with our work, but when it REALLY happens, it reinforces
why we do what we do.
director/producer/actor: marcello cabezas
Marcello's recent theatre work includes WC -- part of New York's
international Fringe Festival and winner of an Overall Excellence
Award -- Flesh and Blood and Assembly Required. In addition to his
stagecraft, Marcello is active in film and television projects such
as Blue Murder, Tracker, Fun with Roofies, Snowballs in Hell and
Widescreen USA. A graduate of the Neighbourhood Playhouse Theatre
in NYC and a member of both 42nd St. Workshop and the EST Intern
Company in NYC, Marcello is also a writer (Nowhere to Turn) and
Sarah is the Artistic Director of Red Red Rose, which she founded
in 1997. Her direction credits include productions of Salome, Heart
of a Dog, Assistant Direction of Soulpepper's Romeo and Juliet and
most recently Antigone with Richard Greenblatt which was nominated
for a Dora Mavor Award. Sarah is a graduate of the National Theatre
School's Directing Program and has taught at University of Waterloo.
manager/producer: steven moore
An experienced administrator with the Factory Theatre, Steven has
recently taken on producing responsibilities for productions such
as Mother Tongue, The Epic Period, the remount of Chekov Shorts.
Most recently Steven has produced Down Dangerous Passes Road, Trick
or Treat and Fighting Words and is currently working on The Gwendolyn
consultant: derrick chua
Derrick's most recent production was Theatre Passe Muraille's Sparta,
which won eye's Audience Choice Award for most popular play. Derrick's
other productions include Black Jack Justice (Decoder Ring Theatre),
Antigone (Red Red Rose) and Four Chambers Dance Project. Derrick
currently sits on the Boards of Toronto Theatre Alliance, The Toronto
Fringe Festival, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Go7, Cahoots Theatre
Projects and Bald Ego Theatre.
In the interest of any production, one of our wishes was to have
the best team in place, experts in their own right to collectively
bring a script to life. We were very fortunate to have some of the
more respected theatre professionals on our team.
This team included
Sarah Phillips (director), Sherri Hay (set design), Kimberly Purtell
(lighting design), Spencer Hazel (sound design), Sallie Klein (stage
manager), Andre Kassermelli and Leland Tilden (video and multi media),
and of course, the man with a world of knowledge and expertise,
Derrick Chua, our production consultant. Steven Moore took over
the day-to-day producing of the project when Marcello Cabezas assumed
the role of the actor.