An interview with Becky Shrimpton

Messy Kween Collective chats with Staircase Co-Artistic Director, Becky Shrimpton, who stars in One Good Marriage, opening July 2.

Despite the three-hour time difference, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Becky Shrimpton about Staircase Theatre's upcoming production of One Good Marriage.


Messy Kween Collective - This July you'll be bringing your show One Good Marriage to the Toronto Fringe Festival. The show was previously produced in Toronto in 2002 as part of the SummerWorks Festival and later brought to Theatre Passe Muraille's Backspace in 2004. What drew you to this specific show now?

Becky Shrimpton - We found this script back in 2009 but have been sitting on it since then. It's an incredibly beautiful and deceptively complex script that really challenges the participants.Therefore before we put it up, we wanted to make sure that we had the right team. We feel that we've been able to assemble that team at this time to really capture each individual nuance and moment in the play and do the script justice.

The actors and the director all train with Matthew Harrison at the Actor's Foundry, where they're performing in an acting style unique in Canada, which emphasizes hyper-reality, extensive text work, and truthfulness over tricks, manipulation and theatricality. The Actor's Foundry has trained a number of high profile Canadian Actors, including Cobie Smulders, Brandon Jay McLaren and Daniel Cudmore to name a few. The resulting work will be a powerfully cinematic experience delivered through a theatrical medium.

We've also been very fortunate to have several conversation with the play write, Sean Reycraft, who's currently working in LA writing for television. His guidance is ensuring we honor the spirit of the original award winning production while still keeping a fresh and distinctive voice of our own. Having said that, the world and Sean have changed since 2002 and he's also provided us with a number of script updates, so those that have seen the show previously will have some new treats in store.

MKC - You're bringing this show to Trinity St-Paul's United Church as part of the Toronto Fringe's Site Specific programming. How did you decide you wanted to present this work as a site-specific piece and what about this specific site drew you to it?

BS - The show is built to be as intimate and as hyper-realistic as possible. That's part of what makes it such a remarkable--Read the rest here.

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