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You’re all invited to celebrate Veronica Mendoza’s (Belinda Corpuz) 18th debutante birthday party! Edsel (Mickey Rodriguez) pursues his long time best friend Veronica, a Mississauga Filipino beauty queen, who shares a secret with her Scarborough boyfriend Jerome (Tony Ofori). The boys, JP and Noel (Richie Guzman and Jeff Yung) have been practising their two-step under the direction of choreographer Kate (Arlene Paculan) in this diverse coming of age story with a twist of 90s flare.
Written by spoken word poet Leonard Cervantes of FLIP TV (OMNI 2) and original music composed by Kierscey Rand, formerly the keyboardist for Down with Webster, and currently guitar player and background vocalist for Toronto artist K’Naan. Dora Nominated playwright Catherine Hernandez (Singkil, Future Folk & Eating with Lola) is at the helm making her directorial debut . JodinandAguillon of Kensington Market’s Pretty Freedom rounds out the creative team with the set & costume designs.
Shotgun Wedding was originally created through Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Play Creation Unit and later went onto further development through fu-GEN Theatre Company’s Playwrights’ Kitchen.
Guests are welcome to wear their favourite clothes from the 1990s to celebrate the chaos that will ensue.
Girls dig up your darkest lipstick. Guys shine up your pointiest dress shoes.
The Toronto Fringe Festival begins on Wednesday night and Opening Night Pre-Sale Tickets are SOLD OUT (you can still rush though or come another night).
If you’re getting into the groove and coming in your cotillion-best, you’re probably steaming that ruffly dress with the satin and tulle or lint-rolling the dust off that teal microfibre double-breasted suit you’re wearing with the paisley rayon shirt. It’s the biggest night of your life (again) so why not take a second to put some music on your tape deck.
Very slowly, we’ve been counting down the Top 10 Songs that would make up the ultimate ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Mixtape… and now
(I’m unearthing this awesome post by my homey Manny… because it’s so awesome. This post was originally written in June 2010. – Len)
Back in ‘94 during (Catholic School) Confirmation Classes (grade eight) I made a mixtape for a girl from one of the other schools and wrote a stupid letter in the liner notes. This mixtape didn’t even have music on it. I gave her a blank tape as an excuse to write to her†. She’s kept it ever since and though I hardly see her nowadays, she never lets me live it down. She’s keeping the tape, but she made me a photo-copy for a going away present. Continue reading →
We’re getting really close to #1 in the Shotgun Wedding Top 10 Countdown! For now…
#2 is a TIE:
‘Can We Talk’ – Tevin Campbell
‘Saving Forever For You’ – Shanice
As teenagers in 1993, we might have wanted sex but what we wanted more was LOVE. We thought about it in class. We wrote about it in our private journals, wrote hints about it in yearbook messages and wrote to express it on 3-hole punched binder paper folded into cute origami and wedged between locker doors during 3rd period spare.
If 1993 seemed like it was all about the ladies, well… it probably was, as far as music goes anyway. At our high school, it was all about guys singing to girls, guys asking girls out, guys asking girls to the prom — whatever. That’s a lot of pressure! If you want to know where adult gender role expectations originated, it was probably high school.
You SO CRAZY.... ____(fill in the blank)_____!!!
At least Salt ‘n’ Pepa thought of the GUYS for just a second when they did ‘Whatta Man’. Continue reading →
I remember getting a really weird note from a girl when I was in Grade 12.
Ever write a love letter? Ever get one?
For me, the year was 1991. Of course, this was before Facebook or email existed, even before any of us had cell phones or even pagers with voicemail. Back in Grade 12, there was only one effective way to send someone a message was to write them a note. So, you either wrote it on paper and had a friend pass it to them, or shove it in their locker or leave it in a textbook.
Saturday March 12 was a *GREAT* day for Shotgun Wedding.
I got to hear the play for the first time since last summer. I’ve been plugging away ever since then, keeping true to my self-promise to never let this story go until I’ve told it. The winter has been cold and lonely, so I was *very* excited to see Edsel, Veronica, Kate, Jerome, John Paul and Noel again. Unfortunately for Ferben, it looks like he might get written out of the script. We’ll have to see.
In any case, this was also the first time that we got to hear the original music for the play, which is all being done by a young and talented musician, Kierscey Rand. Kierscey came to me via Nadine Villasin of Carlos Bulosan Theatre after I expressed the need to work with a musician for this play. What I didn’t know was the Kierscey and I had met before… Continue reading →