Monday, November 30, 2009

Moving Day!

The run at the Firehall finished yesterday with a full house and Headlines' webcast. It went TERRIFIC.

Today the team is moving the set to the Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon St., next to the Columbia Skytrain Station) where the play will open tomorrow and run until Sunday, December 6th.

Tickets are $10 and are available through the Headlines office at 604.871.0508 or at the door.

Yippie Kay Yay!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Final Weekend at the Firehall!

This is the final weekend for after homelessness... at the Firehall in Vancouver. Beginning next Tuesday, we'll be at the Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon St.) in New Westminster. It's really close to the Columbia Skytrain Station, so if you aren't able to make it to the Firehall, join us there December 1 to 6.

Tonight's show is SOLD OUT and Saturday and Sunday are to close to being so, so call the Firehall 604.689.0926 to buy your tickets!

The word is out and seats are filling fast!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day two of the Dialogues a success

More than 60 people attended the Community Dialogues today to discuss
What Makes a Home a "Home"? Beyond bricks and mortar, what are the essential ingredients of safe, appropriate housing?

Moderator David Diamond (aka Headlines' Fearless Leader) kept everyone at a good pace and panelists
Liz Evans, Executive Director of the PHS Community Services Society Sandra Pronteau, Community Activist and Mark Smith, Executive Director of RainCity Housing and Support Society
provided their perspectives on the subject.

The crowd was fantastic and got very involved in the discussions.

Come out tomorrow to the final day of the Session. The topic will be
The 5 Ws: Who, Where, What, When and Why is the Money? How do we finance safe, appropriate housing for people who have been homeless?

Moderated by the Georgia Straight's editor, Charlie Smith and featuring:
Craig Crawford, Vice-President of Development Services, BC Housing Jill Davidson, Assistant Director, Housing Policy, City of Vancouver Catherine Hume, Vancouver Site Coordinator, At Home/Chez Soi Project, Mental Health Commission of Canada and Jaimie McEvoy, Director of the Hospitality Project and New Westminster City Councillor

The Community Dialogue Sessions are FREE and begin at 1:30PM at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Community Dialogue Sessions begin today

Today is the first day of the Community Dialogue Sessions: housing the homeless, that Headlines is hosting.

These sessions will cover the "nuts and bolts" of housing in Metro Vancouver, and are made up of moderated panel discussions.

Today's topic is
"Location, location, location: is it viable to create shelters and/or housing in the communities in which homeless people are residing? If so, how? If not, why?"

Panelists today are
Shirley Chan, Executive Director, Building Opportunites with Business
Dr. Kerry Jang, Councillor, City of Vancouver and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
Anny Kloppenborg, Former City Planner, City of Vancouver

Come be part of the discussion! Panelists will speak for about 10 to 15 minutes each and then the floor will be open to discussion with the audience.

The session begins at 1:30pm and are FREE!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Opening Night a Smash!

Okay, imagine these people in a, you get the idea.

Saturday, our opening night, was a sold-out success. The audience gave after homelessness... a long, enthusiastic standing ovation.

At the reception afterward I was barely able to elbow my way through the crowd to the cheese.

I've already heard through friends that people who saw the show this weekend are encouraging others to see the play. The momentum keeps growing!

The play deals with the human moments of creating safe, affordable and supported housing.

But for the nuts and bolts of the issue, come to the Community Dialogue Sessions: housing the homeless.

They're free. 1:30pm, Nov. 24, 25 and 26 at the Firehall (280 E Cordova St)

Day 1 starts tomorrow. It's called: "Location, location location"

See you there?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Preview Tonight!

Well folks, tonight is your chance to catch after homelessness... at a discounted rate!

No, you don't need reading glasses, it's true!

Tonight at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St.) you can catch a preview of the show at 2 for 1 prices! Come with a friend and you will each only pay $5 for your ticket!

Come down early, doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm!

Press on after homelessness...

Check out today's Courier, North Shore News, New West News Leader and the Surrey Leader for articles about after homelessness... and cast members!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Extra! Extra! Read all about us!

Check out Shaw's "the Express" today to check out an interview with Kevin Conway and check out On the Coast to listen to Fraggle interview with Stephen Quinn!

Today's Georgia Straight and the Province have both highlighted after homelessness... as well!

Listen, watch and read and then come out to see the show!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Reality has truly sunk in

I've been working on this project for about five months now, but until recently, the fact that we're putting on after homelessness... hadn't really hit me yet.

Well, the moment of revelation has arrived.

With three days until after homelessness... opens at the Firehall, things have really come together.

The production team moved into the hall yesterday, and the cast will be there for the first time today.

Reservations for the shows have been growing steadily and we've been fielding lots of calls for info and group bookings.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Gachet Show Tonight!


Tonight is the opening of the Headlines, Oppenheimer Park and Hope in Shadows group show at Gallery Gachet (88 East Cordova St.)

Headlines will have the ten finalists from the photo contest, including first place winner Donna Ross with Stories Untold.

There will be a parade from Oppenheimer Park to the gallery at 5pm featuring the Homeless Band and friends of the Park!

Opening reception at Gachet begins at 6pm until 9. Join us to check out some amazing art!

The exhibit runs from tonight until November 29th.

Hope to see you there!

I'm Gonna Be a Star!

Today we "wrapped" (that's movie talk, for you non-film folks out there) shooting for the commercial PSA our friends volunteered to create for after homelessness...

Shyam Wazir, who was part of the workshop for Headlines' 2005 production Here and Now came in one blustery Fall day a couple of weeks back and said he wanted to volunteer his services. Shyam has been working in film and offered to produce a PSA (that's public service announcement) for the show.

We told him we had no budget, but he assured us he would be able to gather a small crew and make it happen. In two weeks.

Of course we said YES.
He and JB, a veteran of TV and film production, got the crew together, got the story ready, gathered equipment and found actors for the shoot.

Yesterday and today they shot it.

The filming began at my Aunt and Uncle's house (thanks Aunt Polly and Uncle Mike and especially to Bing!) in the afternoon and moved over to the Russian Hall in the evening, where the cast have been rehearsing. **Don't worry, we did not interrupt.

We had the crew and a bunch of extras to create a theatre scene and it looked GREAT. If you look closely at the finished product, you'll get to see your truly in her first starring an extra. Yep, that's right, I felt the power and prestige that comes with being on camera and I WANT MORE.

Today we moved the shoot to the Stanley Hotel in the Downtown Eastside and the Firehall Arts Centre, where the play will open on November 21st.

Both locations went well, and this weekend will be cutting and editing. I have also been pegged to be the voice for the commercial. Seriously, I am so going to break into Hollywood.

Thanks to everyone that helped out:
The film crew: Shyam, JB, Gord, Alain and Darren
The actors: Lucia, Ron and little Sierra
My Aunt Polly, Uncle Mike and Bing for use of their home
The Stanley Hotel: Mariner, Daniel, and James for his room
The Firehall for letting us shoot their exterior
All the lovely extras we had for the theatre scene!