09 May #SmelterSpeak – Interview with Playwright BRIGITTE GALL
For #PlaySmelter 2017, we’re interviewing some of the great actors, writers, designers, producers, and key creatives involved in building our annual festival of new work.
Brigitte Gall is a Playwright whose latest play, Pakistani Sugar, will receive a staged reading at #PlaySmelter. An award winning Performer, Writer, and Producer, she has completed 52 episodes of the Gemini nominated design and renovation television series Me, My House and I, and 52 episodes of the travel/lifestyle show, The World’s Greatest Spas, covering 3 countries in 4 years (aired on W Network, Discovery Channel USA/Latin America, and in 85 other countries).
Gall is the proud owner of a Gemini award for her one woman show Joan of Montreal, a Gemini nod for her dramatic turn as a serial killer for the series Blue Murder, a Genie (Moving Day), a Golden Sheaf (Twisted Sheets), and Gold at the Houston Film and Television festival (Joan of Montreal).
She has been the Keynote Speaker and Guest Speaker for numerous fundraising galas and events sharing her experiences of growing up in the small farming community of Creelman, Saskatchewan to living in Toronto and Ottawa working as a female comic, performer, writer & producer. When not working or writing, she can be found burning hotdogs over the campfire with her husband Michael and their two daughters on the banks of the Gull River in Minden Hills, Ontario.
1. You have a lot of experience in stand-up comedy, a style of performance that usually takes the form of humorous personal anecdotes. Did that help prepare you for what you’re doing in
2. Your piece centres on the cultural shock you experienced at eighteen, after moving from a hamlet in Saskatchewan to a village in Pakistan. It’s a story of transformation from ignorance to awakening. Have there been any challenges in revisiting this earlier version of Brigitte? Is she someone you left behind in the past, or has she stayed with you as your life took a cosmopolitan turn (e.g., working in arts and entertainment, living in Toronto, etc.)?
3. Have you worked with a dramaturg before? What prompted you to reach out to Pat the Dog, and what has that process been like for you?
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