The Drifts Live is a one-person performance of excerpts of thom’s novel, The Drifts (Coach House Books, 2010). We intend to tour the show while it is in development. Maja Ardal has joined us as dramaturge & workshop leader, while the incomparable Lyon Smith has joined as musician. In a perfect world, Douglas Lee and Lyon Smith will tear the roof off Canadian, American and international performances separately and together as their busy schedules allow.
We have recently received support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve program as recommended by Buddies in Bad Times theatre.
The show was extremely well-received at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival. See the workshops page for talk & workshop options.
The Drifts Live project is usually (but not necessarily) booked as a performance and workshop package.
This unique product explores gender roles & identities through performance and workshops. This is work that mines artistic traditions such as trace (Poe, Baudelaire, Proust, Benjamin, etc.), connection (Afro-feminism) & the Viewpoints. Combined with thom’s unique capacities as a performer and facilitator, programmers will be provided a one of a kind entertainment and learning opportunity. A performance of The Drifts Live followed by creative &/or critical workshops with thom will change how audiences and learners think about gender, identity and artistic work.
The Drifts Live can be booked as a solo performance or accompanied by a musician.
“Incredible book, incredible performance. Thom created a rich and deep world portraying the 4 main characters of his book. I was drawn in immediately. Bravo Thom!.”
” Wow – a tour de force – an hour of incredible intensity, power, sensitivity. An ensemble of characters from one performer, from one to the next and back again, and as dikfferent as they are from one another, always the thread remains. Powerful storytelling, humanity, skill, and talent. An inspiring night, very highly recommended. Very worth it!”…and others.
Stage: 16′ X 22′ (minimum)
LX: standard hang
SFX: standard sound system
60 mins., 1 performer
Optional: 1 acoustic musician