As playwright-in-residence at Nightswimming Theatre, I had the opportunity to spend a week at The Banff Centre last month to work on my one-person show, Boys With Cars. Brian Quirt and Rupal Shah, (Nightswimming’s artistic director and producer) and I arrived expecting the standard 10 am to 6 pm workshop scenario, so my jaw dropped when the Centre’s David Cseke told us, “The studio is yours any time of day or night. Whatever you want”.
“Whatever I want? I’m sorry. I don’t understand what you’re saying, David.”
When I first started theatre as a UBC BA Theatre student, we were all treated like vermin for using rehearsal studio spaces for non-BFA scene study rehearsals. When we were found and kicked out, we’d sneak into the condemned part of the building with heavy asbestos deposits and moldy sandwiches discarded by the homeless gentlemen in the area who also snuck into the building and shared the space with us.